From:	 	Henrietta K Thomas - view profile
Date:		Tues, May 16 2006 7:20 pm
Newsgroups: 	news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, misc.handicap,

                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
            unmoderated group

This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
unmoderated newsgroup,

NEWSGROUPS LINE:   Learning to live with low vision.


I went looking for a Big-8 group where I could discuss the problems of
being visually-impaired and found two related groups: and
misc.handicap. 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

If created, this group would be a split of misc.handicap, and would, IMO,
require the consent of users of misc.handicap. Users of
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: 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

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.)



The newsgroup creation process is currently undergoing revision.  Please
refer to the newsgroup creation policies listed here:

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.


This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, misc.handicap,


Henrietta K Thomas <hkt(at)xnet DOT com>


2006-03-15    Reformatted by Tim Skirvin for posting as an RFD.
2006-03-12    Original text submitted by Henrietta K Thomas.