Friday, October 18, 2013

Social Media Site for Visually Impaired Launched

Yesterday, I-MerSee launched it calls the world’s first social media network for the visually impaired and 50 and over communities. The launch coincides with Blindness Awareness Month.

For the more than 21 million visually impaired individuals across the United States, access to social media has been limited. The I-MerSee spokesperson claims that traditional assistive technologies for the visually impaired, such as screen readers, lack the functionality to offer an engaging experience with social media. I-MerSee integrates the latest assistive technologies, including text-to-speech (TTS), speech-to-text (STT), and screen magnification to create an intuitive and dynamic social experience. The platform allows users to interact with individuals across most social media platforms, while also acting as a standalone social network. I-MerSee has partnered with UNEDUC, a non-profit organization endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNEDUC’s mission includes raising funds to support educational programs for the disabled in developing nations. Among other funding sources, UNEDUC will raise funds through contributions generated by Internet-based advertisement revenues in partnership with I-MerSee. Further information on UNEDUC’s efforts can be found at Social media users are encouraged to visit the I-MerSee platform and register as members, instantly connecting with family and friends and sharing interests and information via more.

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