Earlier this week, we began our countdown of the 25 most popular websites serving the blind and visually impaired.
We analyzed data from Alexa Internet’s online website rankings to present our list. The ranks given are the overall site rank amongst the entire Internet.
Humanware has been providing Braille, speech, and magnification products to the blind community for decades now, but has become increasingly more relevant in the 21st century with the popularity of the BrailleNote product line and most recently the Victor line of DAISY reading machines. In addition to the U.S., a large portion of the site’s visitors come from the United Kingdom and Australia.
LS&S is one of the mainstays in the mail-order and online catalog business, specializing in products for the blind and hard of hearing. In business for more than 27 years, their catalog is one of the largest online and it’s easy to see why they’re one of the most popular such businesses on the web. Not surprisingly, most of the company’s visitors hail from the U.S., due to the store’s market focus.
18. Guide Dogs For The Blind
This is the premier and most popular site for guide dog users in the UK. It features information on how to get a guide dog, available training opportunities, and raising a puppy to become a future dog. It's sponsored by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, a registered England and Scotland charity.
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Look familiar? This one is unrelated to the entry above, but the largest guide dog school in the United States with campuses in California and Oregon. Free tuition and several styles of teaching are available, owing to the program, and by extension, website’s success. They offer regular newsletters and a blog entitled “No Bones About It.”
AiSquared has been producing the popular screen magnification software ZoomText for more than a decade. With recent refreshes to their product line including a USB version, they are positioned to continue to be a major competitor in this space for years to come. AiSquared has a large following from India as well as the UK and United States.
That’s all for now, as we near the halfway point. Part 3 will set us up for the top 10, as we reveal sites 15-11 including a major Canadian organization and a couple of Braille-related entries. Talk to you then.Previously:
The 25 Most Popular Websites for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Part 1 Category: Articles
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.