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From: Henrietta K Thomas - view profile Date: Tues, May 16 2006 7:20 pm Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, misc.handicap, sci.med.vision REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) unmoderated group misc.handicap.vision-impaired This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the unmoderated newsgroup, misc.handicap.vision-impaired NEWSGROUPS LINE: misc.handicap.vision-impaired Learning to live with low vision. RATIONALE: misc.handicap.vision-impaired I went looking for a Big-8 group where I could discuss the problems of being visually-impaired and found two related groups: sci.med.vision and misc.handicap. Sci.med.vision is strictly for discussion of medical problems, has moderate traffic and more than 400 subscribers. Misc.handicap covers disabilities of all sorts, including vision loss, has moderate traffic and more than 100 subscribers. I have subscribed to misc.handicap to get an idea of how often people discuss vision problems Visually-impaired people aren't likely to use 'handicap' as a search term for a group about visual impairment. I only knew about it from searching the archive on the word 'vision'. Therefore, it seems to me that, if there is sufficient interest, there ought to be a separate group for the visually-impaired. If created, this group would be a split of misc.handicap, and would, IMO, require the consent of users of misc.handicap. Users of sci.med.vision may also be interested in having a separate group to discuss problems of living with vision loss. Both groups should, IMO, be included in any votes taken. CHARTER: misc.handicap.vision-impaired misc.handicap.vision-impaired is an unmoderated group for the discussion of problems of daily living for people who are visually-impaired. Topics include learning how to get around in the dark, using your other senses to compensate for the vision loss, learning to utilize resources available to you in your community, learning to cook and do household tasks, etc. Medical topics should be posted to sci.med.vision. Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet standards of decorum, and to ignore articles intended to disrupt the group. The usual suspects are prohibited (spam, binaries, direct advertising, etc.) END CHARTER. PROCEDURE: The newsgroup creation process is currently undergoing revision. Please refer to the newsgroup creation policies listed here: http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:proposals All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups. DISTRIBUTION: This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, misc.handicap, sci.med.vision PROPONENT: Henrietta K Thomas <hkt(at)xnet DOT com> REVISION HISTORY: 2006-03-15 Reformatted by Tim Skirvin for posting as an RFD. 2006-03-12 Original text submitted by Henrietta K Thomas.