[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind adults needed for compensated research study on the experiences of blind people using frontal cameras on smart phones

Blake, Lou Ann LBlake at nfb.org
Fri Nov 5 20:39:56 UTC 2021

The below research participant solicitation is being provided for informational purposes only. The National Federation of the Blind has no involvement in this research.


My name is Ricardo Gonzalez, and I am a researcher in the Enhancing Ability Lab at Cornell Tech, Cornell University. We would like you to participate in our compensated study where we learn from blind people's experiences using their frontal cameras in their smartphones. We greatly value your input.

We will be conducting a series of interviews from the 4th of November to the 19th of November. These interviews will happen through online video conference calls in Zoom, and they should last around 1 hour. To participate, you must be over 18 years old, be considered legally blind, and you must have your own smartphone. We also require you to have some degree of experience with taking photos and using social media. Your identity will be kept completely anonymous if we publish the results of the study. We will provide a $15 Amazon gift card as compensation for your time.

If you are interested in participating in our study, please let us know your availability in the following google form:

Silent Speech Recruitment Meeting Time (google.com)<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBlPNbjhITNmwNo4lhvPB4EZnnjgYGKkQyz4KLNqpgm1LchA/viewform>

For your convenience, We have appended more detailed study information and frequently asked questions below. We hope that you will consider participating in this new study.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at reg258 at cornell.edu<mailto:reg258 at cornell.edu>. Thank you again for your interest in our study and for remaining engaged with our work. I hope I can hear from you.


Ricardo Gonzalez Penuela,

Information Science PhD Student

Cornell Tech, Cornell University



Are there any prerequisites to participating in this study?

Only Legally Blind people over the age of 18 that fulfill the following requirements can participate:

*         Engaging with social media at least 4 times a week, or 8+ times a month. (We define "engaging" as posting or interacting with media content),

*         Taken photos/selfies recently, or having experience taking photos.

Am I guaranteed a spot in the study if I fill out this sign-up form?

Given the limited time frame within which we must complete this study and other factors outside of our control, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who signs up. However, we will try to invite as many participants as possible!

Are there any risks?

There are no physical risks related to participating in this research study.

What information will be collected?

We will collect general demographic information, your responses to the interview questions, notes related to this, and also an audio/video recording if you consent to it.

How will my information be protected?
All information that we collect will be stored securely. The name and email address you provide will be kept confidential and erased if there is no longer a use for it.

Lou Ann Blake, J.D.
Director of Research Programs, Blindness Initiatives
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2221 | lblake at nfb.org<mailto:lblake at nfb.org>

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