[nfbmi-talk] [nfbmi-talk: Braille is forever!
christywitte at sbcglobal.net
christywitte at sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 29 18:22:53 UTC 2011
I use Braille on a regular basis. My computer-using only friends
don't use it so much and struggle when trying to read a Braille menu, have a
difficult time spelling, and accomplish less academically. Also, I get
migraines and speech output is grading on my nerves and my sighted friends
hate listening to Jaws. I have a Braille Note, but rarely use the speech
output, choosing to work in refreshable Braille. There are also times in my
life where reading aloud is called for. How can you do that fluently if you
have to listen to a speech program first?
I wished I would have mastered the slate and stylus at a younger age; I wish
it was taught to me as a necessity to me at school because I am not very
good with it. It puts me at a disadvantage when I want to write down a quick
number or take notes. Also, sometimes computers break.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christine Boone" <christine_boone at comcast.net>
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Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] [nfbmi-talk: Braille is forever!
Jeff, this is such a great question!
I have thought about it a lot, because so many people have tried to tell me
that Braille is dead. I just think that there is no replacement for
Braille. When I am out, and I arrange to meet with someone, I don't have my
computer with me, and I don't yet use my I Pod calendar. I always have my
slate and stylus and a card, to write the appointment down. Then, at home,
I put it into my computer, or wherever else I might need to post it so that
I don't forget...now that I am older than dirt you see, it is very easy to
Besides that, there is nothing like holding a Braille book in your hands and
reading it, wherever and whenever you like. Books on computer, and even
recorded books are not the same. I like recorded books and I certainly use
them sometimes, but if I really want to remember what I have read, again
Braille is best. Once my fingers have seen those words, they are in my
head. That just doesn't happen in the same way when I listen to recorded
I am willing to make a deal with society: The day that sighted people are
willing to get rid of their pens, pencils, writing paper and every kind of
book, magazine, pamphlet and sign, then I will think about getting rid of
Braille. I am confident that day is a long way off. I pray that it never
On Apr 27, 2011, at 8:50 AM, jeff crouch wrote:
> i know this is off topic just want to know what you all think. some
> boddy at my school asked me how important is braille, and i told them
> it is very important, cause i know that technology is starting to take
> over braille, but what would happen if technology was to brake. do you
> think braille will die out in 10 to 15 years.. thinks
> Jeff Crouch
> On 4/26/11, J.J. Meddaugh <jj at bestmidi.com> wrote:
>> How is this on topic for this list?
>> Unless it's related to the MCB in some way, in which case I apologize.
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>> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Snyder Administration: Day 116 update
>>> Here is some information from the Snyder Administration, in case you are
>>> Larry Posont
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>>> Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:11 AM
>>> Subject: Snyder Administration: Day 116 update
>>> April 26, 2011
>>> Today marks Day 116 of the Snyder Administration. Just last week the
>>> Governor announced our new director for the Department of Corrections.
>>> Jackson County Sheriff Dan Heyns will be joining our team starting June
>>> We thank Dick McKeon for his service as our interim director and look
>>> forward to working with Dan Heyns.
>>> Governor Snyder also traveled to Cadillac for the first annual Governor’s
>>> Breakfast at the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. A sold out crowd
>>> greeted the Governor (along with some protestors) during his visit up
>>> North. Governor Snyder made several other stops on this brief visit to
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>>> As has been reported, a compromise has been reached on the Governor’s
>>> and budget plan. The tax plan portion should beginning working its way
>>> through the Legislature this week. I encourage you to contact your
>>> legislator and ask them to support the Governor’s plan. Budget hearings
>>> are in full swing and both chambers are still confident that the budget
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>>> Tomorrow, Governor Snyder will present a special message on education
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>>> The Detroit News: “Wolfram: Enough is as good as a feast”
>>> Midland Daily News: “Our View: Bitter Medicine”
>>> Snyder: State needs to reinvent education system
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