[blindkid] apple netbooks
RJaquiss at nfb.org
Tue May 22 20:42:18 UTC 2012
I would definitely go with the netbook and the braille display. For ease of setup, you can use a USB cable to connect the two devices. This gets around problems with Bluetooth. I would include in the package a well padded bag to hold all the stuff and some nonskid material like that used in cupboards. This will help keep things in place on a desk. A rolling bag is a good idea to ease transportation. Don't forget to add a floater to your homeowners insurance policy. The bag can carry all the extras that your son will accumulate such as chargers, power strip etc.
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From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Holly Miller
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:02 PM
To: Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
Subject: Re: [blindkid] apple netbooks
Robert, it does make sense.
I do want him to read more than listen!
What do you think about an all in one note taker vs. NetBook + Braille display?
On May 22, 2012, at 3:54 PM, "Jaquiss, Robert" <RJaquiss at nfb.org> wrote:
> Hello Holly:
> One very good reason for having a braille display is that it helps with formatting and spelling. For example, pair, pare and pear all sound alike as do to, too and two. In the past, braille displays were not as common not because they didn't work, but rather because speech was cheaper. The same argument was made for using lots of recorded books instead of braille books. The recorded books were cheaper and teaching a person to read with a talking book was easier than teaching a person to read with braille. The result is that the literacy rate for the blind has fallen. Dr. Ryles did a study, and 90 percent of the employed blind were literate. Hope this makes sense.
> Robert Jaquiss
> Access Technology Specialist
> National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
> 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place
> Baltimore, MD 21230
> Phone: (410) 659-9314, Ext.2422
> Email: rjaquiss at nfb.org
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