I have recently started experimenting with Orca, an open source screen reader designed to work with Linux distributions using Gnome.

this has been a big challange, because it not only meant dealing with a new assistive technology envention, but it also meant a whole new experience with Linux as a totally unexplored area.

I must admit that the learning curve has not been easy, and rather very challanging, but as usual, it has been very rewarding.

My First Encounter with a Screen Reader

I am often asked how can I use the computer although i am blind. Often times people will even doubt that it’s doable. The short version of the answer is that I use the computer through a screen reader. which is basically a software that tells the blind user what is displayed on the screen at any given event, through either speech or braille. That event may be a dialogue box, an edit window, a hyber text document, a VB project, etc.

My perception of colors

Being blind since birth, I never really had an idea about the meaning of colors other than the theoretical perception gained by my imagination, and the
common knowledge I got from school, although it wasn’t much. More on my school life will be posted later.

Ironic as it may sound, I have always been in need of a vivid understanding of colors due to my passion in designing web pages. I could, however, always
get away by getting help from sighted people.


Arab Blind Organizations and Institutions, How Serious are They Taking their responsibilities?

Through my work in the field of adaptive technology and through direct contact with various institutions in the Arab world, I have always wondered, how
serious are people in charge taking their responsibilities? How much trained and knowledgeable those entities are to make the right decision?