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Linux, tool to take the drama out for disabled people ?

Intervenant(s) : Jean-Philippe Mengual
Langue : Français Niveau : Débutant Type d'événement : Conférence
Date : Mercredi 7 juillet 2010 Horaire : 11h00 Durée : 40 minutes
Lieu : Bat. A22 - Amphi Franklin
Thèmes transversaux : Accessibilité

The conference

Today, a computer is a solution to open oneself on the world which is particularly amazing. It allows, via various solutions, an access to an inexhaustible information mine and to online services which make people’s life easier. Thanks to the solutions developed for the accessibility of these services for blind people, they can get a lot of autonomy (administration of bank accounts, buy a train or airplane ticket, prepare a travel, searching for bus time or a phone number).

But for that, it’s necessary to supply the accessibility tools which are developed. However, buying software which work for Windows costs an high price, it implies some money that few people have. The government subventions only are accessible under more and more strict conditions, and, anyway, it is necessary to wait for them during a long time. Such delay marginalizes some people and can be a disappointment or make harder the conditions of their transition to the world of the blind people. Moreover, it reminds the issue about the future of such subventions in the current economical context (public deficit of France…).

Since it’s free, then thanks to the help of a proprietary software that costs less than 50 euros, Linux offers a solution today. Thanks to the extension and the quality of graphical solutions which exist and because they are updated permanently, it allows blind people to use, definitively or as transition before its software for Windows is paid for, a solution which is able to take the drama out of implications of disable people’s situation (as easy as Windows, even the tasks for more autonomy, little price).

Jean-Philippe MENGUAL

Student at Science-po, I am a mere blind Linux user. I met it in 2004. I tried especially Debian, except during two years when I experienced Linux From Scratch.

However, I’m not a technical professional or a developer and I don’t know anything about this (my code knowledge is basic). In particular, I contribute by testing and translating.

Today I use always Debian, I use Gnome, Orca, Brltty and voxin (proprietary). I am vice-President of organization, I coordinate the translation into French of Linux From Scratch book, I moderate and co-admin, and I’m a secretary in an organization which gives to blind people a dog to walk with.

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