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

Cindy Bennett clb5590 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 02:41:33 UTC 2010

North Carolina's library for the blind has a website, and i can order
books online, so call your state's and see if they have a website. I
know NC's isn't well advertised.

Couldn't you just stick the labels to the cans? I know you would have
to make new ones every time you go shopping, but i feel like punching
holes in dymo tape would be difficult especially since the width of
dymo tape is smaller than that of the hole a typical hole puncher
makes. Then again, i still use a meal plan, so i don't ened to label
my food, because i never have much at one time, so i am not the most
experienced at this and may not know the best way.


On 8/10/10, Tamika Williams <tamwill009 at comcast.net> wrote:
> 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.
> HTH,
> Tamika
> ----- 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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