[blindkid] Fwd: [Blindtlk] A UEB Story
carol_castellano at verizon.net
Fri May 8 13:15:37 UTC 2015
Well done! Taught me a lot!
At 03:44 PM 5/7/2015, you wrote:
>This is hilarious!
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>From: "Hyde, David W. (ESC) via blindtlk" <blindtlk at nfbnet.org>
>Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 19:30:52 +0000
>Subject: [Blindtlk] A UEB Story
>To: "Blind Talk Mailing List (blindtlk at nfbnet.org)" <blindtlk at nfbnet.org>
>Cc: "Hyde, David W. (ESC)" <david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us>
>Sometimes I see things that just beg to be passed along. For those who
>do not read braille, I am sorry to say the following post will make
>little sense. For those of us beginning the transition from English
>Braille American Edition (EBAE) to Unified English Braille (UEB) it
>has a bit of humor. For what it is worth, here it is.
>By Sally Martin
>(Aka the teacher formerly known as dot 6 S dot 6 Y)
>Dedicated to Jason Vo and Cameron Knotts
>Miss Sally and Miss Karen walked out over the grounds of the braille
>apocalypse. They scanned the area and saw nine green tents. "Those
>must be where the contractions that are no longer usable are going to
>die," Miss Karen surmised.
>They scanned the field and saw AND, OF, THE, FOR and WITH looking
>lost. AND kept trying to hug WITH but WITH was shouting, "We can't do
>Miss Karen and Miss Sally knew that they would need to talk to the
>Miss Karen put on her stern teacher face and told them they could no
>longer snuggle together. AND protested, "I've been cuddly my whole
>existence! It isn't fair!" Miss Sally patted AND on the dots and
>said, "We know. This change is hard. It will be difficult at first
>but we will all get used to it." AND pouted but stood alone. THE,
>FOR, and WITH seemed near tears but stood strong and alone. "We'll
>still be close to other letters when we're used in words," The said.
>"It isn't the same!" AND lamented. "It will have to do," said THE with
>a finality in his tone.
>"Let's leave them for a bit and look in on the tents," Miss Sally
>suggested. "I suppose we should," Miss Karen said as she led the way.
>BLE was in the first tent. A thermometer hung from his mouth. He saw
>the TVIs and immediately began his delirious rant. "I'm not that
>easily confused with the number indicator. I'm not bad for the
>reader. I'm not! I want to be part of UEB!! It can't end like
>Miss Karen and Miss Sally exchanged a knowing glance. "We are so
>sorry BLE, you will become a zombie contraction," Miss Sally delivered
>the grave news. "What does that even mean?" BLE asked in a panicky
>tone. "It means you will continue to be read in old Braille but we
>won't use you when we write new Braille. It isn't really death but
>you aren't really alive anymore either. " Miss Karen explained in a
>calm voice. "Will I eat brains?" BLE asked. Miss Karen and Miss
>Sally laughed and thought to themselves that the change would kind of
>eat the brains of the transcribers who were new to UEB. However, the
>readers would be just fine. Miss Sally answered, "No, you won't eat
>brains. You'll get used to being a zomie though. Try to think of it
>as retired instead of dead. You'll have way less work to do. " BLE
>seemed calm as the TVIs left to go to the next tent.
>The next tent was the first of the "cling ons". Little TO was in his
>cot, looking rather pathetic. "I know, I know, there's probably no
>saving me. I was never all that great at saving space anyway," he
>said with resignation. Miss Karen replied, "You were everywhere.
>Sure, you weren't saving that much space but you did a lot of good
>work. We'll still see you in old Braille but when we write new we
>will have to spell out T-O. The TVIs parted and headed to the next
>BY was waiting in the next tent and he had a similar reaction as to.
>He seemed to know his days were numbered. "The best thing I can do is
>accept my fate and hope I don't scare any little readers when they see
>me doing a zombified cling on move in old Braille text," he sighed but
>looked accepting. Miss Karen and Miss Sally gave him a big hug and
>thanked him for his selfless dedication to little readers. "Don't
>worry, we'll explain it to the kids that all you zombies were heroes.
>You've all sacrificed yourselves in hopes to create better Braille for
>The next tent was shaking. INTO seemed restless and frightened. "I
>don't know what to think! On the one hand my IN lives on. On the
>other hand we all know TO doesn't make it. What's to become of me?"
>He shook as he asked. The TVIs knew they had some explaining to do.
>Miss Sally used her most comforting voice and said, "IN will live on.
>However, TO is now spelled out. The word INTO will still have the in
>contraction but the TO will be spelled out. Also, there will be no
>more clinging." INTO let out a huge sob and whined, "Clinging was
>my favorite part of my job. I'm a snuggly type. This will be
>awful!" Miss Karen attempted to cheer him up and explained, "You'll
>still cling and snuggle in the old text but you'll have to follow the
>space rules going forward." INTO conceded, "I suppose we have to
>follow the space rules. As much as I like snuggling, I love Braille
>readers more than anything so we will just have to put them first."
>The TVIs were grateful and parted, feeling like the contractions were
>being really great sports.
>In the next tent the TVIs found COM hiding under his blanket. "COM,
>we need to talk to you. Things are changing and we know you're scared
>but let us explain. You were getting confused with the hyphen and
>the new Braille is going to eliminate some of that confusion." COM
>popped his head out and pleaded, "The readers have always figured me
>out." Miss Sally agreed, "They usually did but there are also issues
>with back translation. We thought about it long and hard and this is
>what is best for our future. We surely do appreciate your service and
>we'll be sure to tell kids how well you served us all." COM seemed
>to accept his fate.
>DD popped his head out of the tent as the TVI's walked up. "Don't
>come in. I already know I can't carry on because I look too much like
>punctuation. Obviously the period beat me out. He's everywhere!
>Everywhere!" DD zipped his tent closed and the TVIs decided to move
>At ATION's tent there was a thudding sound. As the TVIs went in they
>realized ATION was trying desperately to raise her dot six. Miss
>Sally intervened and explained that the dot six could not be changed
>and it was too confusing to have what looked like a capital indicator
>in the middle of a word. ATION stopped her thumping and looked
>defeated. Miss Karen offered further words of comfort, explaining that
>back translating was difficult when two symbols meant different
>things. ATION asked how often that was even an issue. Miss Karen
>explained that technology was becoming a primary means to produce and
>read Braille. ATION let the TVIs tuck her into bed.
>The weary teachers walked over to the o'clock tent. O'CLOCK was
>packing a bag with sunscreen and shorts. The TVIs asked what o'clock
>was doing. O'CLOCK replied, "I'm not crying over less work. I'm out
>of here; I'm heading to Florida. I'm not sad that my work is done!"
>The TVIs chuckled and wished him well.
>Before entering the last tent Miss Sally looked like she was going to
>cry. Miss Karen patted her on the back and said, "I know this one is
>going to be hard for you." They walked in and found ALLY weeping.
>Miss Sally held ALLY's hand as she found the courage to tell her
>favorite contraction the hard news. "ALLY, you are a part of me, my
>name just won't be the same without you. I'm so very sad that you
>won't make it." ALLY and Sally shared a hug and the TVI's left the
>tent, feeling accomplished.
>They walked toward the main area of the camp and heard quite a ruckus.
>Miss Karen wondered aloud, "What could that be?" Miss Sally picked up
>a monocular and looked out toward the gate of the camp. "That's the
>changes to composition and punctuation and indicators. They look
>restless. What should we do, Karen?" Miss Karen replied swiftly,
>They ran as fast as they could but knew they would soon need to face
>the remaining changes. For the time being, they had done enough! The
>David Hyde, Professional Development Coordinator
>Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
>1700 W. State Street
>Janesville WI 53546
>866-284-1107 ext. 34 (toll free)
>david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us<mailto:david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us>
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