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FW: Wheeling in SL video (text transcript)

From: Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 08:14:12 +1100
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Many thanks Alan and Emmanuelle,

I am glad you found the video interesting and thanks for preparing the

I have made a few corrections to the transcript below and I think it now
more accurately reflects what Judith is saying. I also corrected the name of
the other speaker.


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Of Alan Chuter
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2007 9:13 PM
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Subject: Wheeling in SL video (text transcript)

Thanks for sharing this. I think it's excellent. However, my
colleagues who are not native English speakers had trouble
understanding the speech (as would deaf people), so I did a quick text
transcript which I share here. It's too long to go in a comment on
YouTube. Pity they don't allow for transcripts.

[Caption: Wheeling in Second Life]
Judith: I work during the day, so when I come home I've only got like a
couple of hours. So by the time I do my own emails and correspondence that
comes in during the day I might have forty-five minutes or an hour to do
whatever, so

Roger: And what's your current really big thing on the Web that you're into?

Judith: Second Life. I've got a wheelchair in Second Life also. You can
choose whether you want to be in a chair or not. You can have crutches, you
can have whatever disability you have in real life in Second Life.

Roger: Do you always stay in your wheelchair in second life?

Judith: No, no, no.

Roger: Are there many other people in wheelchairs in Second Life?

Judith: Simon Walsh.

Roger: From the UK?

Judith: Yes. And he always stays in his wheelchair. But, just like in real
life, I find the attitude of people in Second Life to people with
disabilities (is disappointing). I have run an experiment myself. I've gone
to this particular site as an able bodied person, got out on the dance floor
and danced for half an hour with different avatars or different people, or
whatever you call them. Then I've gone away, put myself in my wheelchair,
gone back, the same people were there and they didn't want to know me.

Roger: Are there special places in Second Life where people in wheelchairs
hang out.

Judith: Yes, "Wheelies".

Roger: And what's Wheelies.

Judith: That's a nightclub specially built people, by a man who has cerebral
palsy, in the UK.

Roger: Can you take us to it?

Judith: yes.

[Caption: Wheelies was started by Simon]
Judith: Unfortunately like real life you've got to go around things because
you can't go through them. You can fly over them. Oh, there's Simon!

Roger: He's in there is he?

Judith: Yes. He was there before, in there (typing question with headwand)

[Caption: How many people visit "Wheelies"?]

[On-screen dialog: (asking how many people visit Wheelies each week) Simon:
"Wheelie or norm?" "Few 100 I guess".]

Judith: There you are; one hundred people a week. When I first started we
got a couple of hundred.

[Caption: Going up to the dance floor.]
Judith: That's Simon up there, the avatar... [looking to other screen]
that's him in real life.

Roger: And he was on Big Brother?

Judith: Yes, in the UK. [turning towards dance floor] And that's the DJ,
that girl in green there, she's the DJ, and he pays her to be the DJ there.

Roger: Oh, right...
Judith: And she talks to you over the thing there saying hello Wheelies ...
see she's talking to you.

Roger: do you think that this will be a really useful tool for people who
are unable to get around, who have problems of mobility in real life?

Judith: Yes, because you can have friends without having to go out and
physically find them.

best regards,

Alan Chuter
Technosite (Fundosa Group),
Madrid, Spain

On 14/12/2007, Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Russ Weakley and I recently filmed a friend who has cerebral palsy using
> Second Life. The video was part of a presentation we gave at OZeWAI about
> Web 2.0 and accessibility.
> Judith, who is in the video, and Simon (who built the Wheelies club in SL)
> have kindly agreed to me putting the video on Youtube so people who are
> interested in accessibility can see it. The video is at
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBlaiBV_yJs
> I hope you find it interesting.
> Regards
> Roger

Email: achuter@technosite.es

Email: achuter@technosite.es
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