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TOU vs Blind People
Posted June 17th, 2013 - 12:00 pm from Sevilla, Spain
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Posted June 17th, 2013 - 12:14 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted June 17th, 2013 - 5:16 pm from Managua, Nicaragua
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Posted June 17th, 2013 - 6:19 pm by from San Pablo, Costa Rica (Permalink)
Annarita, there are several blind members in CS. Actually, back in the times of Uservoice I used to complain a lot about the way in which they were developing a lot of the stuff in the site (pop ups and shiny orange buttons) because they were a pain for most Accessibility software for visually impaired people.

Posted June 17th, 2013 - 8:07 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted June 17th, 2013 - 8:55 pm by from San Pablo, Costa Rica (Permalink)
I can't speak on behalf of the Safety Team but as you know, due to member privacy, they do not disclose or discuss any cases with third parties (like you and me), so here we can only speculate, but definitely, I do not think anyone would be deleted from the site for being blind, that would be outrageous.

Posted June 17th, 2013 - 9:30 pm from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted June 18th, 2013 - 9:03 pm from Sevilla, Spain
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Posted June 18th, 2013 - 11:40 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Yes and Yes.

To answer your questions, blind people are absolutely allowed to have profiles on Couchsurfing. They can also seek help from other members to access and use their profiles.

That said, both the member creating the profile and the person helping the member use their profile must act in accordance with our Terms of Use. If we receive reports of abuse, we will investigate the claims and take the appropriate actions.

We recognize that at times our Terms of Use will be broken unintentionally. If a member's profile is deleted, they are welcome to contact us at any time with any questions or concerns that they may have. If we find that the abuse was unintentional, we can consider reinstating the profile, once the affected member confirms that they are aware of the issue.


Posted June 22nd, 2013 - 6:18 am by from Atlanta, United States (Permalink)
OH PLEASE!!

I work at a huge American corporation. I am responsible for making our training content accessible to blind people. CS is doing a good job with this.

Perfect? No! But I work for a company with BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. We're not perfect. You can't expect CS to be. You CAN expect CS to work towards getting it right.

Yes, they will make mistakes.
Yes, parts of the site will be in need of work.

But don't attribute that to CS hating blind people. Sheeesh.

Blind people not welcome on CS??? What a dumb thing to say.

Posted June 22nd, 2013 - 6:21 am by from Atlanta, United States (Permalink)
If there are any blind people who are having trouble accessing CS, then please, contact me. I am a fully sighted person who can teach you how to use JAWS.


Just sayin'!!