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This list includes a number of recently created e-mail lists directed at people with visual impairments.

A new list, access2im, provides a forum for the blind community to share information on how to get the most from instant messaging applications and services with speech, Braille and large-print output. To subscribe, send a blank message to:

To subscribe to a new mailing list for African Americans with disabilities, send an e-mail with the subject line blank to:

A new list has been set up for discussing the use of the Agent news reader with a screen reader. To subscribe to this list, send a message to:
and write the following phrase in the message body:
subscribe agent-l

For users of Atlas and GPS-Talk (global positioning systems for blind users), there is a new list. To subscribe, send a blank email to:

Besides mailing lists, you can contact other blind people with similar interests by using chat rooms, like the more than two dozen different voice-chat rooms organized at

Audyssey magazine has a new discussion list dedicated to discussing any types of games accessible to the blind. To join, send a blank message to:

The Badeyes mailing list is for people with retinal degenerative conditions who also have a sense of humour and a positive outlook.

Blind Gardeners is a new e-mail discussion list for blind and visually impaired people to discuss all aspects of gardening. To subscribe, leave the subject line and body of the message blank and send a message to:

blind-hoh is a new list for people who are blind or visually impaired and also mildly to moderately hearing impaired. To subscribe, send a message to:

The Blind Parent Mailing List is sponsored by the Committee on Parental Concerns and the National Federation of the Blind. To subscribe, send an email to:
In the body of the message write:
subscribe blparent

Blind Teenagers List: to subscribe, send an e-mail with the subject line left blank and in the body of the message put:

The braille-books list is a moderated email list to announce the availability of newly-brailled leisure-reading books produced according to BANA standards for braille readers in the U.S. Only announcements of in-progress or completed books will be approved; no files of books or discussion of books will be sent through this list. This list is not a substitute for listing books with Louis or any other index; this list is simply a means for speeding up the distribution process. Subscribers are expected to adhere to current copyright laws. The administrators of the braille-books list are not responsible for the quality of the braille.
To subscribe, send a blank email to:
and follow the instructions in the email you receive. You may also read previous messages and/or subscribe by going to:

brl-users is a forum for discussion of all aspects of the history and use of Braille and Braille writing apparatus. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to:

There is a new mailing list specifically for comparing screen readers! To subscribe, send an empty message to:

There are two new lists for users of Duxbury braille translation software. Dux 101g is a general "FAQ"-type column. To subscribe, send an email to:

dux101t is aimed at transcribers. To subscribe, send an email to:

The Emergency Email Network delivers emergency weather alerts and other emergency information of an official nature that originates with state and/or local emergency services offices. Sign up online.

"Eye Resources on the Internet," compiled for the Association of Vision Science Librarians, has a comprehensive list of usenet groups, mailing lists and newsletters of interest both to professionals in eye care fields and to people with vision problems themselves.

The FDAWG mailing list is for discussion of the accessibility of free desktops, primarily Linux. To subscribe, send an e-mail to:
on the subject line put:
and in the body of the message write:
subscribe fdawg

The HTML Writers Guild sponsors AWARE-Techniques, a list for "discussion of issues related to accessible Web design--tips, techniques, and advice from fellow Web designers who are working to make the Web more accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities." To join, please see the instructions at:

Proactive Accessibility sponsors the JFW-employment mailing list for the purpose of sharing information related to the use and configuration of the JAWS for Windows screen reader with customized workplace applications. Send a message to the following address:
Your subscription request will be forwarded to the list's moderator for approval.

The National Braille Press has started a mailing list for announcements of its new publications. To subscribe, send a message, with a blank subject, to:
In the body of the message, put:
subscribe nbp_general

There is a new, unmoderated, open list for any one who wishes to discuss any aspect of SoundForge and related topics. To subscribe, send an email to:
Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message, put the words:
subscribe SoundForge

VoxLibra is a new mailing list sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign especially for readers of talking books. Subscribe by sending an e-mail message to:
The subject of the message should be left blank and the body of the message should contain the words:
subscribe voxlibra-l

Visually Impaired Pen-pals describes itself as "the place for visually impaired youth to meet and share thoughts and ideas."

VIP-SHEEPTALK is a list for visually impaired crafters and knitters. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to:

Users of the Voice Diary personal organizer can join the Voice Diary e-mail list by sending a blank e-mail to:

Winamp4TheBlind is for the blind and visually impaired community to discuss Winamp, the popular MP3 player from Nullsoft. Topics include, but are not limited to, installation and setup, the Winamp preferences, working with plugins, and using Winamp with Shoutcast MP3 technology so that you can run a web radio station.
To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to:

WomenTalk is an e-mail list intended for women who are blind or visually impaired. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to:

Word-MS is dedicated to the discussion of all versions of Microsoft Word and is open to both blind and sighted users.
To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to:

For a comprehensive compilation of e-mail lists consult: BLIST: The Comprehensive Index of Blindness-Related Emailing Lists, from Camera Obscura.

Two Monkeys BVIGroups is a selection of over 250 email discussion groups in seventeen catagories. These groups may be of interest to the deafblind, blind, and visually impaired community.

For "A comprehensive index of mailing lists of interest to blind computer users," go to the list maintained by the Access Technology Institute, which also does online computer training for visually handicapped people.

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