[nabs-l] questions about reading braille, labeling, and canes

Tamika Williams tamwill009 at comcast.net
Wed Aug 11 02:23:27 UTC 2010

Hello Kerri,

I don't have any help really on the cane and braille situations only because 
I don't read braille enough and I only have had experience with the 
telescope cane and the straight nfb cane,  but I will tell you how to 
address the can labeling situation I have done it before. To hold the label 
onto the rubber band you will have to insert one end of the rubber band into 
the hole of the label and take the other end and take it over the end that 
you inserted into the label and tighten it and that will hold the label on 
the rubber band. If that makes any sense.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kerri Kosten" <kerrik2006 at gmail.com>
To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:24 PM
Subject: [nabs-l] questions about reading braille, labeling, and canes

> Hi All!!
> I have a couple of questions.
> First, for braille readers out there, do you find you read more on
> your note-taker and braille displays and get your books from Bookshare
> and Web Braille or do you still call your library and order hard-copy
> books? Also, can you order hard-copy braille books either online or
> through email?
> I have been blind from birth and am a very very fast braille reader. I
> used to get books from the library and loved reading hard-copy
> braille, but then in 2007 when I got my notetaker which had a braille
> display on it I stopped having them send me hard-copy books. But, I
> find I miss reading hard-copy braille, and though reading on the
> braille display is nice it's kind of cumbersome.
> I am trying to figure out whether I should do the easy thing and just
> download my books from Bookshare and Web Braille and reading them on
> my display or go through the hassle that is calling the library,
> picking categories of books, and ordering them hard-copy.
> I really wish NLS had an online system where you could just go online,
> fill out a form, enter in the book title/author, submit it
> electronically, then just wait for the book to come through the mail.
> Even on the Web-braille website, it is very hard to browse...they
> don't have it set up so you can browse by category...I know you can
> type in keywords but for whatever reason every time I try this I don't
> get any relevant results.
> So I thought I'd ask what you all do!
> My next question has to do with labeling canned foods. A blind friend
> told me to use dymo tape, then get a hole puncher and some rubber
> bands, punch a hole in the tape, and somehow thread the rubber band
> through the hole? She explained to me how to do this...but I'm not
> getting it...the rubber band is round...I don't understand how you put
> the round rubber band through the hole in the label?
> I saw that you could order these pre-made labels with rubber bands
> already on them...so all you have to do is write what you want the
> label to say...then stick it on the can.
> Which way do you prefer/use? I'm very confused by the dymo tape way...
> My final question has to do with canes. I need to get a backup. I got
> a free white cane in January and really like it. However, I've been
> told that the Iowa Canes (the canes you get from the Iowa Center) are
> much sturdier and can last pretty much forever. What should I get as a
> backup...one extra nfb cane and then one Iowa one? I've never used an
> Iowa cane...but my friend has had hers for over three years and it
> hasn't broken yet...and my NFB one though I like it a lot because how
> light it is is already chipping.
> What do you prefer? What are the pros/cons of the Iowa canes? What are
> the differences between the Iowa canes and the fiberglass NFB canes?
> Also...does anyone know how much the Iowa canes cost if you order them
> and are out-of-state? I'm not from Iowa.
> Thanks,
> Kerri
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