Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blind Ambition, An Unexpected Blessing For Us

A few days after going live in mid December, we received a very "special" email saying: "Thank you for creating this service, it has opened up a whole new world of content to me."

A few days later, we received a similar email. - Then, they began to pour in.

>You Ask, ...What's so "special" about someone liking the service?

>The Answer? The senders of these emails are blind.

Close your eyes for 60 seconds, and think about all of the blogs and websites you enjoy reading.. Now, imagine if you could never see again.

Learning that our technology might make sightless people's lives a little more enjoyable has spurred us to take this on as a "corporate cause."

We're now in talks with charity orgs to figure out ways to help more of the visually impaired. (There are 10 million visually impaired people in the US).

We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on helping the visually impaired. Just comment on this post, or send your suggestions to

Please stay tuned!


Lisa Marie Mary said...

That is totally awesome! Although I see your site as a fun and handy tool for someone like myself, I love the fact that it 'opens up whole new worlds of content' for the blind! Macular degeneration runs in my family - so far, four of my relatives have been affected. It is an issue near and dear to my heart - and my eyes! ;)

You guys ROCK!

John said...

Lisa Marie Mary,

Thanks so much for the kind words!

Macular degeneration runs in my family too. My grandmother, who loved reading and paintings, was rendered 100% blind by it in her last 2 years.

Hopefully, we can help lots of others with visual impairment to enjoy the 1,000's of great text blogs out there.


Lisa said...

Wow, John - that's a trip - it was my grandmother, too! And her three siblings!

My grandmother was affected for about the last 13 years of her life, but, her siblings all seemed to get it when they were older.

I definitely learned a lot in those years about life without sight.