Re: Braille, how many use it?


To be honest though if there was a disaster braille would be the last thing I took with me, braille in its raw analog format takes a lot of room

On 5/10/2017 10:36 a.m., Adriani Botez wrote:
Dear Gene,

in this case I think we should not really give all our thoughts on comparing it to technology. If there it’s a cathastrofy I would try to take with me what I can. But I feel somehow better or at least I have the impression to have the certainty that I am not very dependent on just technology. I mean I would also wish that schools and other education institution teach children not just braille but also the regular letters (for example by magnetic surfaces). At least blind people should have the ability to write and express their ghoughts independently. And additionally, the ability to write and read by yourself increases your imagination power and it structures the art of thinking. It is also very important for concentration skills. Well, technology can also be used to improve and maintain concentration skills and so on, but why not being flexible and having the feeling of independence?

Von: [] Im Auftrag von Gene
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 4. Oktober 2017 22:47
Betreff: Re: [nvda] Braille, how many use it?

These sorts of arguments are thinly veiled antitechnology arguments. Its like arguing that you should know how to play the piano so that, in case a disaster occurs and you have no power, you can still play music.

As technology advances and changes what people can do, old practices, for better or worse, dye out or are largely no longer done.

Consider a wide variety of disasters. In many sorts of disasters, you won't have Braille material or access to it.

In terrible hurricanes, Braille material would have been ruined and/or swept away. In less severe hurricanes, if you didn't have to evacuate, you might still have access to it.

In bad earthquakes, it would be buried and full of debris. In the case of a tornado, maybe it would still be available, mayb e not. How about a natural gas explosion? It depends on where the explosion was and what was damaged. There are certain natural disasters that would leave Braille material unscathed. But learning to read Braille and practicing enough to be truly fluent to prepare for a possible natural disaster is a really poor use of time. It may be a benefit, in certain disasters, but it isn't a rational reason to learn Braille. It's like keeping a horse in your yard in case you can't get gas after a natural disaster or, as I discussed earlier, learning to play piano.

and in the case of an evacuation, what are you going to take, a device such as a digital recorder or a digital Bible or thirty or more Braille volumes?


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Subject: Re: [nvda] Braille, how many use it?

Whether technology goes down or not, Braille remains an essential skill to have for a blind person. And if it goes down, I will still have my Bible to read. Living in fear serves no one. I lived in Alaska for 27 years and we learned not to depend entirely on technology by being prepared and using survival skills.



From: <> [] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 6:42 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [nvda] Braille, how many use it?

If all of our technology goes down, youl'll have a lot more to worry about than reading. You'll be worried about surviving, where to find food and water and how to avoid being attacked if you do have some.

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From: brian <>

Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 5:09 PM

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Subject: Re: [nvda] Braille, how many use it?

This argument that we don't need braille is like the argument that
we don't need ham radio or even broadcast radio anymore because of
technology. Well what if there was a major hak or a disaster that took
out the power grid. Think about the recient heracanes and radio was
still viable when all other technology was not available. This could
also be the case for braille. If all of our high technology goes down
for what ever reason and you don't braille what will you do then/ I
think that every blind person who is able should know grade 2 braille no
exceptions unless you do have a medical condition that prevents you from
being able to read braille.

Brian Sackrider

On 10/3/2017 3:36 PM, Shaun Everiss wrote:
I agree, braille could be used better, its still a good medium as a
way for the blind to read like the sighted.

But take it out of school if that now, and the fact is you don't need
to use it generally.

I'd like to see it on menus or places where you would read it more
naturally rather than taking out my device and looking different.

We also need to learn how to get devices where you can type quieter.

At some university classes and school I had to type in another room
because of it being to loud.

And even when I was allowed, the fact is the noise is like a dot
matrix I know its my right to be able to use it but at convenience of

I am entitled because I am blind but later on I do wander at what they
had to put up with.

But you never think about that when you are a kid.

On 4/10/2017 3:06 a.m., Damien Sykes-Lindley wrote:
I don't see anyone saying that we should give up braille for
technology. That seemed to happen naturally in my case because I had
no need to read it, so I never did. Only recently when trying to play
a game I realised just how screwed my braille skills actually are.
In fact, I totally agree that braille would be better in some areas
of work, programming and large calculations being two such areas. On
the other hand, try asking for a disability/assistive technology
grant over here and see if you can break the record for the longest
fight and largest number of letdowns... I've just about given up hope
on both the government and the RNIB. Bleh.
-----Original Message----- From: Nevzat Adil
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 2:29 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [nvda] Braille, how many use it?

Braille is as important to a blind person as print is to someone who
can see. I do not see any sighted person saying they should give up
print because of technology. I am glad NVDA developers are working on
making it braille friendly. The fact that braille displays are too
expensive should not discourage learning braille as prices are bound
to come down and many get those devices the government or private
programs, anyway.

On 10/3/17, Robert Mendoza < <> > wrote:
Lucky of those who has a braille display, cause here it is very
expensive and you need to buy it online or rather to pre-order to the
selected store. So I simply used the ordinary keyboard.

Robert Mendoza

On 10/3/2017 5:41 AM, Adriani Botez wrote:
In Germany they are also bein paid by ministery of labor or by the
insurance company. And very often is being individually judged if the
gets the device paid or not. It depends on the time period since last
payment or on how well tested is the technical features of the device.

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: <> [] Im Auftrag von
Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2017 14:35
An: <>
Betreff: Re: [nvda] Braille, how many use it?

I agree. Luckily, the National Health Service here in Italy gives us
displays, either totally paid by the National Health Service
itself, or
partly - depending on the cost of the device.

I used an Optacon before the advent of braille displays, and still do,
on paper and ereaders; no longer on a pc screen, due to uncomfortable
position of my workstation.

I couldn't live without braille! I switched to NVDA only once braille
support was introduced.



Il 03/10/2017 13:41, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io ha
Tis is just a question. I see a lot of work going on on the
development front to make these displays and the entering of the code
more intuitive and better.
I just wondered how many folk here can afford to use a Braille
on their machines? Since the promised Orbit seems to be having issues
getting out of the factory, most of the other choices out there need
a second mortgage to buy them!

Just musing that was all.
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