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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

"Chat" With Your Friends Through The Internet

A warm welcome from the folks at VIP Conduit. This is a community of vision impaired individuals, their friends and families. Although they primarily serve the visually impaired, anyone is most welcome to join the site.

You may wonder how they got their name. The acronym VIP has the traditional meaning "very important person", but in some circles it also stands for "visually impaired person". They believe that all of their visitors and guest are VIP's in the traditional sense but VIP also describes the group they serve. A conduit is a means of transmission. Whether its through their classes or other on-line events or through their interaction with others, a great deal of useful knowledge is exchanged.

Their motto "many voices one chorus" also says a great deal about who they are and what they do. while they are a collection of individuals, they cooperate with each other to make all of our lives better. Similarly they recognize that there are a myriad of cyber communities like theirs and they strive to build bridges with those other communities to make the internet experience better for everyone.

The site has a Variety of voice chat rooms. In order to enter these chat rooms you will need the Ventrilo client. You can download this program directly from their site. You will also need to get a user id and password. Just fill out their simple "Join" form and the user id and password will be e-mailed to you.

They encourage everyone who joins to become a VIP Conduit member. A VIP Conduit membership entitles you to priority tech support, access to their classes and members only rooms and much much more.

To learn more about the VIP CONDUIT, simply click this link to visit their home page: http://www.vipconduit.com/.

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