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SPAMming the Blind

The daily routine of rummaging through our inboxes, sorting between wanted emails and SPAM is enough to make our vision go blurry. But for the blind, it's no laughing matter.

That's because the visually impaired check their email using text-to-speech software which verbalizes the subject lines of their emails. Imagine how embarrassing it is hear the computer vocalize that one email reads "Greetings from Aunt Sarah" while the very next one says "Enlarge your Penis size."

That's exactly what they endure every single day. Worse, they don't have the luxury of quickly skimming through subject lines like we do. They must listen to every header to determine what is worth keeping, and what is garbage.

The whole experience is leaving many blind people with the tough decision of giving up email access.