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Monday, October 3rd, 2011
1:36 pm
Hi everybody!
Hey, I just joined here, and this place is maybe not so active anymore but I'm gonna post anyway because this seems like a cool community.

My name is Jim, I'm part of a multiple system that's also autistic, and I use text for pretty much everything. Like livejournal and AIM have been way way useful things for being able to say what's on my mind and communicate with other people, and when I'm hanging out with friends, I mostly use this communication device thing. I call it "text-to-text" because it's kinda like text-to-speech without the speech bit. What I do is just set up my laptop or netbook at a place in the room where everybody can see it, then open up a notepad document with big enough text so people can see, then plug in a wireless USB keyboard and take the keyboard with me, so wherever I am in the room I can just type and what I'm saying shows up over on the screen and everybody can read it. It works pretty good and I'm happy with it, like I'd like to try text-to-speech sometimes but this seems faster and I think maybe I'd get distracted by computer voice stuff, and anyway it looks like a lot of the good software for that stuff is way expensive and all I needed for this was to go pick up a $20 wireless keyboard. The only annoying thing is when people don't see that I'm typing and so they don't look over at the screen to read it. I've said before I need to go get a little bell to ding or something so I can get people's attention. :P

I'm practicing a lot at trying to learn how to talk better but I still mostly sound like I'm dying or something and can't express myself good. I think even if I can get it so I learn how to talk more, text is always gonna be a really big part of my life.
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
2:02 am
I don't know if this community is still active, but I figured I'd join. My name is Deborah, and I love words and I love to write. I love to talk as well, but for some reason, find that extremely difficult. I can never get what I'm feeling to really come across through my words. I rarely can say what I'm thinking; I have to write it down and show it to someone instead. Text is pretty much entirely the way I function. I don't know what I'd do without it.
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
2:33 pm
Hi there,

There's a group of us conducting a survey on captioning/ subtitles in the theatre, and we would love to have people fill in a short questionnaire of their experience(s).

Please note that this is open to Hearing, Hard of Hearing and Deaf people, from all countries and regardless of whether its been a good experience or bad.

We only ask that you have seen at least one captioned performance in a theatre, -no movies/films.

Fill out!

Thank you very much for your time, and please feel free to pass this on to anyone else you feel could contribute.
Thursday, August 28th, 2008
8:51 am
Hi All!
I'm Caitlin, 18 years old, going to college in just under a month. I love to talk, but I find that writing letters is a great way for me to communicate with people. Usually, instead of having a serious discussion with people, I write them a letter. I don't know...Maybe I have a problem with confrontation or something. In any case, I love to write--I would love to get my novels published, actually--so writing allows me to vent and express myself as well as communicate with others.
Hope to meet some new friends here!
Monday, August 18th, 2008
10:40 pm
Newbie Hello!! :)
Hi everyone!

My name is Pat, I am 26, and I am hearing, but joined the community because I have always loved and been fascinated and enthralled with Deaf culture and ASL since I was in kindergarten and made my first deaf friend. And I think ASL is a beautiful language. I have wanted to be an interpreter for the Deaf for a long time, but I only know basic signs and financially unable to attend ASL classes. But anyway, that out the window, all of my deaf friends now are online friends (text message with them, too. Plus I HATE speaking on the phone.) and all but one of them lives in Canada. In my experience Deaf people are very fun and crazy  and up for anything like I am (and like some of my hearing friends are afraid to be) and I always have a lot of fun them. I have other "physical challenges" too, so there's also having something in common and a mutual understanding.

I am shy at first so I have a close-knit group of friends here. I was hoping to find a local deaf friend in Tampa, FL to just hang out with, have a blast with, etc.

If you're interested, please feel free to comment here or you can e-mail me at lilyth {at} gmail {dot} com. (Sorry to type it like that, but I don't want to feel the spambots. :D )


Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
5:43 am
Y'all are way too quiet a bunch.
Most of the posts seem to be how to turn text to speech, and even those are old. There are enough free programs around to do that, it's not a big part of being in a text-only or mostly-text world.
I don't speak. I don't want to hear me speak (imagine a drunk 10 year old with a speech impediment who doesn't understand English). I don't want to hear others speak (since I can't really understand them anyway, it's kind of pointless).
Sometimes text is all there is - and the more often the better.
Send me an IM, don't call me on the phone - you'll spend most of the conversation saying "what?" in answer to me trying to say "what?".
I finally got my office to be text-only. I stopped going to the office and my home phone answers "the person you are attempting to speak to can only be reached by emailing xxxx@xxx.xxx and requesting an appointment".
It actually worked :D !
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
11:36 am
Text to Speech Software for Mac (or Other Alternatives)

I'm investigating text-to-speech software to use when I'm in situations where I can't talk and using a notebook is either impractical (I type way faster than I write) or less desirable (for people who insist on vocal communication and/or greater speed is needed).

So far I've just been using Mac's native TTS PlainTalk by typing, highlighting what I've typed, and pressing some hot keys to make the speaking happen. This seems to be OK, although I'd rather have a TTS program where I press enter after each block of text to have the speech happen, kind of the same way chat works.

I'm wondering if anyone here has any recommendations for TTS programs for Mac OSX, or other recommendations for TTS technology to be used for communication. I would like to hear your recommendations. Thanks.

(xposted to asperger)

Monday, February 12th, 2007
3:39 pm
Does anyone have perseverations about language? Here is a little message in my language Simbit.

/P hn t cd ctP t *P @u /P' pK /@ (.) ?T tP hn t m& /P. (,) /P n; T. ^. hoG. (.)

I wanted to make a language that didn't really have anything "vocal-verbal" declared for it but that was more symbolic. I have had some help in the group conlangs

I could use some help adding words so that my dictionary gets more words.

Also cross-posted to asperger.
Friday, January 5th, 2007
11:39 pm
Simple way to talk to non-readers
After dealing with people who refuse to read what I write, I came up with a simple solution. Using a tablet computer I write what I want to say and let "festival" (an open source free text-to-speech application) say it. The tablet reads my writing well enough, OpenOffice does spellchecking to get it closer, and festival gets it out for those people that won't read my screen or whiteboard. Cheaper than buying a separate device to do the translating (and all the other devices I've seen require typing - using a tablet I can write faster than I could type).

I'm new here, but read back a few pages and saw comments relating to this issue without this option mentioned.
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
10:30 pm
LJ study
A friend of mine suggested that I post in this community – any help would be greatly appreciated.

Call for participantsCollapse )
Sunday, December 24th, 2006
10:21 am
I am a strange dichotomy
I am an opera singer by trade. Singing is, of course, my bread and butter and I do it well enough. Just singing somebody else's notes, rhythms, and words has never been a problem for me.

Unfortunately, it is this very musicianship that has led to my downfall. As I became more aware of pitch, tone quality, and dynamics, I found that I am more aware of those things in spoken language and real-life environments (ex: I can't stand the sound of my stepmom's voice because it's too nasal; I get very bothered when people talk too loud). People with perfect pitch talk about their "gift" really being a "curse," and while I don't have perfect pitch, I understand what they mean. I would rather not have this hyper-sensitive ear (although it's interpretive hypersensitivity; in reality I am just a little bit hard-of-hearing).

The result, inevitably, is that I can't stand spoken communication. The noise gets to me and I overload. I can stand the Verdi Requiem at a far greater volume than my mom speaking too loudly next to me. I guess it's a function of melody as opposed to mere sonance.

I would love to speak primarily via text, because that is far easier for me. I express my thoughts better that way, I am wittier, I just generally prefer text-based communication. Because my interpretive hypersensitivity came this year and doesn't seem like it's going to go away, how can I tell my friends that I would prefer to communicate via text or fingerspelling?

Current Mood: anxious
Saturday, December 16th, 2006
9:39 pm
When people are infants, they have an amazing ability to acquire language, usually through mimicing their lingual surroundings, such as their parents' speech, learning new vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. This is how virtually every human undergoes the language creation process, in which they create their own inner language. Most children are talked to by their parents, are playing while the TV is on, and listen to the radio as they're awake. They intake their language audibly. Americans, for example, learn spoken and listened English before any other type, and generally do not learn to read until they are six to eight years old.

However, my experience has been somewhat different. I was surrounded by books ever since I was a baby. I was shown flashcards all the time, and I would occasionally grab hold of the magazines on the coffee table, looking at the words within, correllating them with the pictures. My parents were of the anti-social sort, and didn't talk to people very much, usually including themselves. As a result, I learned written English at the age of one. By the time I was three, I could read almost every "regular" word out there (and by "regular" I mean the nonscientific, nontechnical vocabulary - words like "chair", "skip", and "sub sandwich"). I didn't really understand spoken English until I was seven or eight, and I didn't start speaking until even later. It was all just a string of random noises.

Because of this, there are quite a few differences in my life compared to what I presume to be the normal life. I still can't understand spoken English all that well, even though it comes out of my mouth just fine. When I hear a word, phrase or sentence, I undergo a slight hallucination, or an imagining perhaps, as I briefly see what someone said out their mouth, with my eyes. I still can't understand most song lyrics without reading off a lyric website, but I excel in writing and poetry. It breaks my heart when people don't capitalize or spell correctly, but at the same time, I mispronounce a word every couple minutes.

Therefore, I've created a hypothesis: A language can only exist on one medium, and if that language is replicated onto another medium, it is no longer the same language. To illustrate my point, read this word: the. Now, pronounce this sound: "thuh". They represent very different words, they can't even be interpreted by the same sense, but they bear the exact same meaning. Each language contained in the family of English languages bears its own punctuation: gutteral stops, pauses, breaths, intonation, emotion, and assorted noises serve as the punctuation of the spoken language, where written English features the comma, the quotation "markers", & the ampersand, some of these things (parentheses), and a period, for example.

About the paper.  Great job.  You earned 50/50 on the paper.  I got a little
idiosyncratic at the end.  I don't know any researchers who would say
two different languages.  I think the emphasis would be on different
learning and different brain areas.

I think I need to defend my point here a bit. I've found each language to have three smaller sub-languages: one dealing with audio, with the mouth for the output and the ears for the input, one dealing with touch, with a type puncher for output and the fingers for input, and a sub-language dealing with visuals, with a pencil for output and the eyes for input. (Notice how I'm not listing ASL, because that is nowhere defined to be English. It has its own grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.)

We have learned, as a culture, how to cross these languages over to each other. We've learned how to approximate written words with noises from our mouths, and we've learned a way to write down the same mouth noises into written language. However, this assumes that everyone is capable of expressing themselves both ways.

However, what if we have someone who's illiterate? They can't read, so when they crack open a book, all they see is funny little marks arranged into neat lines. They have no clue what it means. In order for them to learn what it does mean, they have to take the time to be able to write each letter (the written equivalent of being able to make all the phonemes of the spoken language), and then be able to arrange these letters into correctly spelled words, the spelling of which has almost nothing to do with the pronounciation. (For example, in the suffix "-tion", no where in there does it say "pronounce this as 'shun'") The written vocabulary must also be memorized in the same way that the audio vocabulary was.

Since these words are on different mediums, they cannot be the same, or else they would be on the medium. (the sound "boht" equals exactly the sound "boht", and the visual word "boat" equals the visual word "boat". The sound cannot equal the written word in any way other than meaning, because it's akin to comparing apples to justice.)

Therefore, with a different set of vocabulary for each medium, the two languages cannot be equal.

Are you thinking about an academic career?  You've got a sharp mind.
I'm pushed for time (like always it seems) so I'll be brief.

Since I'm not a linguist, I'm stepping outside of my specialty.  I did
buy several books about language that I thought I'd have already gotten
to this summer, but I've been stuck on this dense computer
science/philosophy of mind book.  The quick response is, again, you're
using the term "language" idiosyncratically.

I believe that everyone will agree that knowing a language in one
medium doesn't guarantee knowledge/skill in another, but, you'd have to
make a linguistics shattering argument to get agreement about them
being separate languages.

Sorry about the delay in responding: I like to mull over these sorts fo
replies a bit and then I took the weekend off from school.

Are you about ready for the final?
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
1:21 pm
I'm writing a paper for my psychology class, and in it, I'm discussing the differences in the mediums of language that people first learn. For example, many people learn their language audibly at first, and associate sounds with meaning, where a markedly smaller amount of people learn their language visually at first, and associate assorted marks with meaning.

Is there a name for this psychological principle?
Monday, June 19th, 2006
3:22 pm
Hi my name is Jason and I communicate through text due to a traumatic brain injury I suffered when I was 18 in a jeep accident. I use a tough talker computer and communication boards.I am new to LJ. I am looking for online friends. Thanks or having me in your community

Current Mood: calm
Monday, February 27th, 2006
12:49 pm
Home from hospital after chest surgery
Hi everyone,
I'm home from chest surgery, and feeling great! Rather than do a long post in communities, I decided to do one in my LJ (and even that is mostly behind an LJ cut) and just post the link to my special communities. So the full report is at http://xxasimont.livejournal.com/64883.html
It's wonderful to be back- I missed LJ more than anything else on my computer!

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
7:46 pm
Vow of scilence
sory about the length, gramer, and spelling.

I belong to the catholic church. One trudition that we have is to go without something, or try to change something about yourself (or your rutine) for the fourty days (although it usualy is not 40) of what is called Lent, the preperation of the death and resurection of Jesus Christ. In the 5th grade I decided I would give up one thing (in that case I think It was soda-pop). The next year I gave up that thing and another, and this pattern continued until now.
Last year we had no bussing during the winter and my mom picked up two of my friends when we drove to school. My mom had yeld at me on the way over and she told me not to talk, so i did not. When we picked up the first person, they said hi to me a couple of times but I did not respond verbaly (which is the only way she could have known I heard her as she is blind) . When we went to the second persons house I responded to her greeting with a wave, which was okay as she can see. When I did not say anything my friend joked around and said "what, did you give up talking for lent this year?" My mom never told me i could talk but screamed at me for not talking, so everything went on and it was a fairly "normal" day.

Today almost a year latter my friend who had asked if I gave up talking, and I were talking about the upcoming lent and I was saying that I would absolutely love to take a "40" day vow of "scilence" (scilence in quotations as we would allow random noises, laughing, caughing et cetera, and posibly talking in forign languages, in forignlanguage classes as grades could suffer for not responding with corect pronounciation). Although we both want to do it know, we wory about what would the school do, could we get in masive trouble or be sent to school counseler? Also My mom would probably be angry (but then again she practicly always is).

I would respond and comunicate with people probably through text and psibly pointing to comon phrases, type thing. Has anyone ever done this befor? Was it a sucess or a failur? Do you recomend it?

Another reason I would want to do it is to take a stand against the scilencing of stugleing vocies, such as those in poverty, those who are disabled, those discriminated against, the falsely acused and convicted and even autistics.
Friday, February 17th, 2006
3:41 pm
text misunderstandings
I thought that this http://theage.com.au/news/breaking/flame-emails-missing-the-mark/2006/02/16/1140052207324.html is interesting and possibly very much relevant to issues beyond email.

Interested in comments...

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
10:11 am
Selective Mutism
I have just found out that thing I had as a kid is called Selective Mutism. I kinda grew out of it, but not entirely.

There was no trauma to kick it off, it just runs in the family and since it wasn't too severe, my parents decided to let me grow out of it, since I was terrified of the shrink, and would answer questions of any one who directly asked me one. So I take a drug for anxiety attacks and its working quite well.

I have to talk to a lot of people at work,and sometimes I think its very taxing, because I'm still naturally shy. Opposing somebody nearly kills me. My teachers would comment that they noticed I had gone days without saying a word. Truth is, I couldn't think of anything to say, and I didn't learn small talk until quite an advanced age. My parents were not surprised because my Dad was the same way. They have six kids. Half of us don't shut up and the other half don't talk. It kind of balances the family, but my teachers all thought there was something wrong with me. I managed to tell one teacher that the other kids said the same exact things every day and I thought that was dumb and I didn't want to do that. I had to take tests to prove I wasn't mentally ill or unable to function.

One part of the test involved commenting on every item in the shrink's office. I thought they would take me away if I didn't start talking (I was only 8 and very confused about the purpose of the test) so I told the guy his fake plant was ugly, I didn't like his wallpaper, and his tie didn't match his socks. Also my dad told me men should wear long enough socks so when they sit down, you can't see any bare leg past the sock.

And I knew these were all rude things to say, but I thought he was going to take me away if I didn't start talking, so I said everything that popped into my head. But when I got over my rant, and he tried to have a conversation with me, I didn't have anything to say. Mom and Dad came in later and told him Dad was the same way as a kid, still naturlaly quiet, and they didn't think there was anything wrong with me. They refused to have the rest of the litter tested because they talk when they have something to say, they are smart enough, and they'd rather listen than talk. And we're all smarter than the average bear. Real short on common sense at times, but who' got everything? And we all grew out of it to various degrees, have jobs, etc, proving my parents were right to let us alone because we weren't that bad.

Once I get past "Hi, how ya doing?" there's not another thing in my head to say. I'm OK with the little meaningless conversations people want to have standing in line now, but I learned to
wind people up, let them talk and listen. That's easier for me if I don't know them well or if I run out of things to say.. Some of us are just happier listening. We're made that way.
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
3:48 pm
Website design advice needed- PLEASE?
I've started to pull down my old (well, antique really) website and I want to make sure this new website I'm writing is enjoyable for people to visit- disability friendly as much as possible, and doesn't upset those of my friends who find certain visual effects on websites disturbing or difficult to cope with.

What I need is feedback on what makes a good or bad website- what to specifically avoid, and how to make it accessible for as many people as possible. Website links to anything that has either information on how to make it friendly, tutorials in HTML (I'm writing it in Dreamweaver), or anything else you think would be useful would be greatly appreciated.

The main focuses of this website are going to be
Personal and family
Aspergers and other spectrum information
GLBT issues and resources
My own transition experiences
Indigenous Australian
General disability information and resources

I have one link that will test the pages for whether they are user friendly for colourblind people, but I don't know what to do about other disabilities, and I've lost the few resources I had when I wrote the original site- including how to do the HTML tags to put with graphics to explain what the graphic is to those using text-only browsers.

I use IE, so advice on any other browsers I should have in order to check compatability etc greatly appreciated. I have a large hard disk so an extra program or 10 on there is not a big issue.
All feedback pleaded for!

(cross-posted to a few appropriate communities)

Current Mood: artistic
Friday, December 9th, 2005
3:01 pm
seeking adult blind and deaf participants for study in NYC
Hi, my name is Simon Kelly, and I work with the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory in Nathan Kline Institute- Rockland County, NY. From the journal description, I thought this flyer may interest some users to whom the study relates. If anyone would like to participate, please use contact information tagged on the end... thank you.

Our Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory is looking for people who have been blind or deaf since early childhood to participate in a research study. The study will record non-invasive measurements of brain activity while participants perform a multisensory task.
This is the first study to compare how the brain’s response to touch varies between blind, deaf, and sighted and hearing participants. We will also assess how the brain combines information from the sense of touch with visual and/or auditory information. We believe that early blind and deaf individuals may have developed special abilities to process and respond to these kinds of multisensory combinations. Understanding the way senses are combined in the visually- and hearing-impaired will help to develop more effective rehabilitative therapies and adaptive environments to facilitate daily living.

To complete the multisensory task, small vibration stimulators and LED lights will be placed on the forefinger and thumb of the participants’ hands. Two speakers will also be aligned next to their hands. Participants will be asked to respond to each stimulus by depressing a foot pedal with their right foot. The vibration will feel like vibrations from an everyday pager or cell phone.

Participants will wear a cap, similar to a swim cap, for the duration of the experiment. The cap has holes in it where electrodes are attached. These electrodes will monitor and measure the activity of the brain (also called EEG). EEG is very much like EKG used for heart monitoring; just as a tape recorder records the voice, an EEG records the brain’s activity. This is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure. Gel will be put into the electrodes to make sure there is good contact with the scalp. Participants’ hair will be washed at the end of the recording session. Putting on the cap and going over informed consent will take about 45 minutes.

Participants will be reimbursed $10/hour for their time. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants will take regular breaks from the experiment throughout the day. We estimate that this study will take between 6 and 7 hours. Transportation will be provided if necessary.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact us:

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Nathan Kline Institute
140 Old Orangeburg Rd.
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Phone: 845-398-6538
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