I'm disabled, and I just sent Blizzard the following email

#51VordraxPosted 8/17/2010 5:38:42 AM
I don't see why it would be too big of a deal for them to allow Speech Recognition, assuming it only mimicked what was already in the game. It takes longer to talk than to hit a button (as I'm sure you're painfully aware) but it is far better than having to slog your way through the game with only the mouse. People who are saying "There are people who only use the mouse!" forget the little things, hit hitting Space to go to the last message, or, I dunno, communicating with your allies/opponents, queuing up actions with Shift, and a great many other things that people take for granted.

TC, the problem with the internet is that people are huge asses- I'm going to assume they thought you were trolling, and who knows, maybe you are (it isn't in me to make such judgments, I can only go with what's in front of me- I choose to be naively optimistic instead of safely cynical like so many others.) I like that you've kept your cool, and you certainly win points for that. If this is true (and in a way, I hope it's not- Cerebral Palsy is no small matter, and I'd rather you be a troll than live in a nightmare, all things considered) then I hope you are offered this small comfort by Blizzard, and that it extends to anyone else with such a condition.

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#52scorpioin990Posted 8/17/2010 5:39:19 AM
Good luck! I hope they listen.
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#53catastrophoenixPosted 8/17/2010 5:51:34 AM
Hi reddit.
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#54iLL dreamPosted 8/17/2010 5:52:28 AM
Truly disgusted by some of the people on here. I'm speechless in this regard, I honestly had my mouth open at some of the apathetic disgusting comments made by some little dick head kids on this board.

TC, I wish you the best of luck, it seems like something companies are aware of and working on but maybe not fast enough.



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#55Panic_EndersPosted 8/17/2010 5:54:30 AM
Here's my 10 seconds of fame, "Hi Reddit!!"
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#56Atreides825Posted 8/17/2010 5:57:40 AM
"Blizzard doesn't need to cater to the handicap."

Actually, yes they do. It's called the Americans with Disabilities Act -- ADA, for short. Last I checked, the legislation applies to all businesses and government institutions.

At the TC;

Go ahead and send Blizzard another e-mail -- if they haven't responded by now -- and be as specific as you can when describing your disability. In fact, you might want to suggest to them that you are willing to provide the documentation, E.G. medical documents and the like, along with your Battle.net account so they know who you are. The key phrasing in the ADA legislation is "reasonable accomedation." Since you are willing to undertake the bulk of it yourself, I.E. using the voice recognition software and the like, there's no good reason why Blizzard could refuse you. If they do, then that's an ADA violation.
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#57SevenutzPosted 8/17/2010 6:02:28 AM

From: Atreides | #056
"Blizzard doesn't need to cater to the handicap."

Actually, yes they do. It's called the Americans with Disabilities Act -- ADA, for short. Last I checked, the legislation applies to all businesses and government institutions.


ADA Act is for employment not a business' product.
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#58EchoBeamPosted 8/17/2010 6:15:24 AM
Glad reddit was on this. *goes to look at drugs and porn on reddit*
#59l2equiemPosted 8/17/2010 6:35:11 AM
Have you ever considered a track ball? Those setups typically have quite a few buttons that you can bind to different commands. Not sure if there's any that have enough buttons to cover your needs, but it should be able to streamline your game a bit at least.
#60WeAcceptSomaPtsPosted 8/17/2010 6:54:19 AM
*heresy, not hearsay
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