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locked Re: Life experiences as a blind person

Victor
 

I have been totally blind since birth and I was educated in the public school system all my life. I had pretty good teachers and I did pretty well.

At the age of eight, we moved from Palmdale California to Carson City Nevada where the school board did not want to admit me to public school because they didn’t think they had the resources to educate me. By that time, my mother knew the law and pretty much threatened to sue them into the Stone Age if they did not admit me and educate me as was her right and my right. They did, and everything turned out OK. At that time, my mother was a pioneer in helping the disabled to be educated in the public school system in this state because of me. I’m very proud of her and us By the way, this was during the mid 70s.

Blessings,

Victor

On Mar 8, 2020, at 5:28 PM, Ron Canazzi <aa2vm@...> wrote:

Hi Loy,

I also had significant vision in one eye and was blind in the other eye. That significant vision allowed me to do many things if not most things that a sighted person of my own age 0-12 years did. I rapidly lost my vision just before my twelfth birthday and everything changed after that.

Apparently, you had decent vision for quite a bit longer than I did or many others posting on this topic. That makes all the difference in the world.

Good luck and glad for your success.


On 3/8/2020 7:06 PM, Loy wrote:
I changed the subject line.I
have been legally blind in one eye and totally blind in the other due to a dynamite cap blast when I was 3. I never had seen another blind person until I was grown. When my mother took me to register in public school, 1951. they told her I could not attend, I would have to go to a blind school.My mother left there crying, but not sure what she did but I was admitted to the public school.At home I was expected to do just like my older brothers. I had great teachers in the grammar school. In high school I had great teachers as well. I wasn't given much extra attention except when the teacher put something on the board. They would give me a print copy. I could read normal size print when I would hold very close.I was given large print books but most were not the same as the other students, so I left them at home as references. They were too big for me to lug around at the high school. After high school I went to a vocational class at the Georgia Academy for the blind to study Horticulture. I went into a business of my own growing and selling plants. After 9 years I went to work with the Coca-cola company for 13 years until I lost all vision.After a couple of years I regained some vision after surgery. Then I took up computers and repaired and built computers . Now at 75 I have again lost all vision and having to learn computer totally with screen reader, after using ZT with screen reader. After reading many of the experiences talked about here I am thankful I did not have the bad experiences they had.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Pamela Dominguez" <pammygirl99@...>
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I bet it sure was embarrassing! I'm glad they yelled at her. It's so terrible, some of the stuff families do. Pam.

-----Original Message----- From: chris judge
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:24 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

That's terrible. I don't tolerate people answering questions on my behave.
It's funny how family can be the worst offenders.

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From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of jan
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Sent: March 7, 2020 10:37 PM
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I always told by family members that I am dumb, stupid, and incompetent. I
had no self esteem. My family still thinks that because I cannot see. I
was always degraded by my family. My aunt got hollered at by the Seeing
Eye. She cried and blamed me.
I did not tell her to degrade in front of them and answer questions during
my interview at the same time while I was answering my questions. That was
very awkward and embarrassing.

Jan








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Re: firefox portable or full

Alex Stone
 

Sorry, this went to the wrong list!

On 9 Mar 2020, at 00:44, Alex Stone <alexstone87@...> wrote:


I’ve got a tenner on with Ladbrokes which says that the explosion is Gavin’s fault.

On 9 Mar 2020, at 00:16, Kerryn Gunness via Groups.Io <k_gunness@...> wrote:


cool
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't use Windows 10 but I expect others will tell you.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

am using win 10, not sure what version
tell me how to check it
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't know what is causing the problem.  I don't know what version of Windows you are using.  I would say to check using Task Manager to be sure nothing related to Firefox is running.  The installer seems to think a version of firefox is running and if there is something running related to firefox, perhaps the Task Manager would indicate that if you check the list of runnning processes.  If you need to know how to do that, let us know what version of Windows you are using.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

hey jene
same problem occured
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

Try using this link.  There is an exe file you will run but it should work.  If it doesn't, we'll have to try to figure out why.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

jene
 
i downloaded the portable program
when  i installed it, yup i was asked to install it, which i did
i clicked on the file to open the program i got a message
it is something like this
close all instances of firefox portable, firefox cannot update when it is open
there are 2 buttons, ok and cancel
 
what to do here
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

The page to download Firefox portable is:
 
There may be something on the page about downloading the portable apps installer but don't worry about that. 
 
I believe you should use the link that says something like
Download from PortableApps.com
 
Its been a long time but I believe that is the link to use.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:26 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

guys can anyone or jene share again
thanks


Re: firefox portable or full

Alex Stone
 

I’ve got a tenner on with Ladbrokes which says that the explosion is Gavin’s fault.

On 9 Mar 2020, at 00:16, Kerryn Gunness via Groups.Io <k_gunness@...> wrote:


cool
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't use Windows 10 but I expect others will tell you.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

am using win 10, not sure what version
tell me how to check it
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't know what is causing the problem.  I don't know what version of Windows you are using.  I would say to check using Task Manager to be sure nothing related to Firefox is running.  The installer seems to think a version of firefox is running and if there is something running related to firefox, perhaps the Task Manager would indicate that if you check the list of runnning processes.  If you need to know how to do that, let us know what version of Windows you are using.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

hey jene
same problem occured
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

Try using this link.  There is an exe file you will run but it should work.  If it doesn't, we'll have to try to figure out why.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

jene
 
i downloaded the portable program
when  i installed it, yup i was asked to install it, which i did
i clicked on the file to open the program i got a message
it is something like this
close all instances of firefox portable, firefox cannot update when it is open
there are 2 buttons, ok and cancel
 
what to do here
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

The page to download Firefox portable is:
 
There may be something on the page about downloading the portable apps installer but don't worry about that. 
 
I believe you should use the link that says something like
Download from PortableApps.com
 
Its been a long time but I believe that is the link to use.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:26 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

guys can anyone or jene share again
thanks


locked Re: fake out!!

Victor
 

Hi everyone:

I can’t tell you how many sided people I have encountered over the years who have mistakenly assumed and believed that a blind person could never be physically attracted to a member of the opposite sex because we can’t see. They assume that physical attraction only comes through eyesight. How wrong they are! I have to tell them that we can become physically attracted to someone through the sound of their voice, their smell and their touch. That nun your parents spoke with was only thinking what most cited people think. It really had nothing to do with her religious restriction. It’s a common misconception held by the sighted world.

As for learning differences/disabilities, there was a nun by the name of mother Angelica. As a child, she had a learning difference/disability which educators helped her overcome. She went on to found the eternal word television network which is the largest Christian media ministry. EWTN produces television programs, radio programs websites and publishing. Mother Angelica was recently given a posthumous honor in Alabama alongside Rosa Parks and other notable women from Alabama. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Catholic Church canonized her someday. She is just more proof that people with learning challenges can go on to do great things. She always said that she appreciated dumb people and dumb Saints because she knew they could do great things. She said that the secret is to trust in God and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. If you ever get a chance, look up mother Angelica on YouTube. She’s one of the best Christian evangelists ever. Just my opinion.

Blessings,

Victor

On Mar 8, 2020, at 2:14 PM, Ron Canazzi <aa2vm@...> wrote:

Hi Group,

As long as we're into this intense discussion about the nature and purpose of education/life/existence, I thought I would add a little levity to the discussion.

My very Catholic family knew a number of clergy when I was a little boy. When I went blind at around twelve years old, I overheard my mother being counseled by a nun. One of the things she said was: "Well, I know this must be very difficult to deal with (having a blind child) but think of it Ann, you won't have to worry about his teenage years--you know--maturity--having sex before marriage--and so on.

This nun must have thought in her relatively restricted environment that blind people wouldn't be sexual or involved in all that evils stuff.

(SOLID CAPS) IF SHE ONLY KNEW...!


On 3/8/2020 4:04 PM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,

With all the discussion today, I thought I would share the story of a friend of mine. I won't share his name because that would not be wise. However, I tell this story to emphasize the fact that everyone should be encouraged to do his or her best!

This friend of mine is fully sighted. He was labeled as having severe learning differences. When he was in Middle School, the head of the special Ed dept. of his school told his parents that "I'm so sorry, but we just don't think your son will amount to much because of his learning difficulties.".

Needless to say, his parents took him out of that particular school and enrolled him elsewhere. They also employed me to tutor him. I worked with him for a couple of years.

My student and friend graduated from high school, Community College with honors, Rochester Institute of Technology with honors. He is currently working in a managerial position in a company here in Rochester, earning six figures! He is happily married and his wife is expecting! They own a house!

I would just love to stand in front of that Special Education twit of an administrator and just say, "Fake out, you bastard!!" That would give me extreme pleasure!! My friend is soccessful, in whatever way you measure success!

So if somebody tells you that you won't amount to much, thank them and then prove them wrong!!

Ann P.
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locked Re: Life experiences as a blind person

Ron Canazzi
 

Hi Loy,

I also had significant vision in one eye and was blind in the other eye.  That significant vision allowed me to do many things if not most things that a sighted person of my own age 0-12 years did.  I rapidly lost my vision just before my twelfth birthday and everything changed after that.

Apparently, you had decent vision for quite a bit longer than I did or many others posting on this topic.  That makes all the difference in the world.

Good luck and glad for your success.

On 3/8/2020 7:06 PM, Loy wrote:
I changed the subject line.I
have been legally blind in one eye and totally blind in the other due to a dynamite cap blast when I was 3. I never had seen another blind person until I was grown. When my mother took me to register in public school, 1951. they told her I could not attend, I would have to go to a blind school.My mother left there crying, but not sure what she did but I was admitted to the public school.At home I was expected to do just like my older brothers. I had great teachers in the grammar school. In high school I had great teachers as well. I wasn't given much extra attention except when the teacher put something on the board. They would give me a print copy. I could read normal size print when I would hold very close.I was given large print books but most were not the same as the other students, so I left them at home as references. They were too big for me to lug around at the high school. After high school I went to a vocational class at the Georgia Academy for the blind to study Horticulture. I went into a business of my own growing and selling plants. After 9 years I went to work with the Coca-cola company for 13 years until I lost all vision.After a couple of years I regained some vision after surgery. Then I took up computers and repaired and built computers . Now at 75 I have again lost all vision and having to learn computer totally with screen reader, after using ZT with screen reader. After reading many of the experiences talked about here I am thankful I did not have the bad experiences they had.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Pamela Dominguez" <pammygirl99@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business


I bet it sure was embarrassing!  I'm glad they yelled at her.  It's so terrible, some of the stuff families do.  Pam.

-----Original Message----- From: chris judge
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:24 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

That's terrible. I don't tolerate people answering questions on my behave.
It's funny how family can be the worst offenders.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of jan
howells via Groups.Io
Sent: March 7, 2020 10:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

I always told by family members that I am dumb, stupid, and incompetent. I
had no self esteem.  My family still thinks that because I cannot see.  I
was always degraded by my family.  My aunt got hollered at by the Seeing
Eye.  She cried and blamed me.
I did not tell her to degrade in front of them and answer questions during
my interview at the same time while I was answering my questions.  That was
very awkward and embarrassing.

Jan








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locked Re: Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

Jim Wohlgamuth
 

Hello there FOLKS!

Wonder if I am different from the rest of you folks that attended schools for the blind? I attended the Michigan School for the Blind for approximately 13.5 years, to be exact I was enrolled there for 14 years and I missed half my 4th grade year due to illness.  Okay, it certainly did have its drawbacks, but all and all there were a great deal more positives with MSB than negatives.  Of course this is my humble opinion and there will be those who probably will disagree with me.  My final 3 years I actually had a part-time job.  I that all and ll a very worth while experience there and yes, there were some things that were not up to todays standards, but they really did prepare me for life college and all the other things that go along with living a productive life.  I would be interested in hearing just exactly what sort of negative experiences folks actually had and where these experiences took place.  I made a great deal of friends there as well as friends at the public school that I attended for a semester my senior year. P.S.  my first 3 to 4 years I tried to tell myself that I didn't care fore it, but as I got older and got some mobility instruction and was able to leave campus to do things I really did enjoy it! As far as learning to budget one's money I have know a lot of folks with perfect vision that attened public schools that had no mure idea of how to budget money than my cat<SMILE!. I think some of those things are life lessons and one picks them up as they go along.  I always have felt that one gets out of a given situation as much as, or more than what they put into it.  Just my opinions-whatever they might be worth these days!<SMILE!>.  Have A Goo 1! de

<wohlggie@...><KF8LT><Jim Wohlgamuth>.

On 08-Mar-20 18:02, Marie wrote:
Well don’t feel bad because my sister with a college degree can’t manage her money worth a darn!
Marie
 
 
From: Mich Verrier
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:11 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world
 

Hi I hve not been following this thred all the way though how ever from beaing in a blind school my self from grade 7 untill grade 12 from 1997 untill 2003 I can say that some of the thingsthat we where not taught were thingslike budgitting. To this day math and money are one of my hardest topics and things to grasp. I was never taught budgitting or how to manage money. That is a life skill that the school for the blind that I whent to didn’t teach me. From Mich.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of brian
Sent: March 8, 2020 11:52 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

 

If you have never tended a blind school then you will not know that whatwas like for those of us that spent our lives there.   I was there from 1969-1985 but I hear that things are getting much better now.  I have heard for years stories similar to mine of people from other states.  The treatmentof blind students was very tipical of many blind schools acrost the country.  They made it seem like the perfect invirment and at the time you would have thought so.  There were few real chalenges and you were not pushed to excell.  In fact my teachers told us that your program is structured so you can do it.  They brought the program down to your leavel instead of bring you up to the level of the program.  The sheltered us from the sighted world and did not expose us to it or teach us how to interact with it.  Social skills were not tought nor were problem solving skills tought either.  Blindness skills were the focus but even they could have done a better job of that.  They sheltered us by not chalenging us and by not teaching us important valuable skills that we need to live in the sighted world.  They did not prepear us for the sighted world or teach us how to live in it.  We were not tought how to deal with situations that are not perfect as we thought they were at school.  They would baby us and over pertect us just like are parents did.  We were not tought that we would always have everything that we need in the way that we want it.  I think that this helps to explain why blind people like me feel that have an intitled rite to have braille for everythingthat we need or want.  For those who don't like it that I complain when I can't get braille manuals or catalogs sighted do the same if they can't get print.  It's okay for them but not for us.  They all don't have smart phones or computers so they just can't go line to read a manual.  there is not one sise for all some people still need paper documents either blind or sighted.  Why do the sighted get theirs but we can't?  When you buy a product what is the first thing that you take out of the box?  The print manual.  They can open it up and read how to set it up and how to use it but we can't.  We have the right to be able to do the same but we can't because they refuseto provide us with the document.  If sighted have print provided to them then we should also have braille provided to us as well.   I have heard sighted get just as upset as I do if they can't get a print manual on a new device that they don't know how to use.  There alot of old school sighted people just as there are blind people who don't have all of this technology.  For the sames reasons as for us.  They can't aford it or they don't think that they need it or they just don't it.  You don't hear people jumping all over sighted people if they complain about but if you are blind then then people do.  Blind people do have same write to the writen word as the sighted but we are being denied that right.  This is discrimination against the blind and is a major ada issue like it or not thats the truth.  When my lions club bought me the sarareading machine for me they could not believe that there was a print manual in the boxbut no braille manual.  they even this was wrong.  They were all sighted.  Even sighted people do agree with us that it's wrong not to provide braille manuals when there is a print one.  I guess that some blindpeople think thats wrong but it is.  Sighted people told me that they would be just as upset as I am if they had no print manual.  Yesterday there was a discusion on my telaspace on the main board about blind schools then and now. I do learn better if I read braille than I do if I just listen and there are sighted people that are the same way.  they learn better if they read printthan they do if they just watch a vidio.  I have heard them tell me this. It's okey for them but not for me.

Brian Sackrider                  n 3/8/2020 8:15 AM, chris judge wrote:

Unfortunately stories like his are all too common. In Canada we have APSEA, The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority. They serve children with disabilities until they reach post-secondary age.

I was working with a young lady who was both blind and used a wheelchair. She was told by one of the teachers at APSEA that she would never succeed in University and that she was just wasting everyones time and money. The fact that she was twice as intelligent as he was didn’t seem to matter. He should have been fired on the spot for saying that to her. Today she is happily cruising through her third year at Carlton university in Ottawa, and I have every confidence in her that she will obtain that law degree she seeks.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: March 7, 2020 9:50 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

 

Hi Gene,

I read Brian's heartfelt response just before I read your response to Ann.  Now we can only go by what Brian is saying and as with everyone else, I wasn't there when all these things were done to him.  Assuming that what he says is largely true, his situation seems to be more and more prevalent with blind people. 

For example, I know a woman whose teachers determined that she was learning disabled when she was about five years old. From that time on, she was always told that she couldn't do this or couldn't do that and so on.  To add to this, her parents were over protective and added to the issue.  By the time I met her, she had become some what resigned to the fact that she couldn't do a lot of things--and in particular, she couldn't use a computer with the same ability of a normal blind person. After working with her for about six months, I was able to teacher a significant amount.  I don't think she had any real learning disability.  She was just conditioned to accept less someone else said about her true potential.

I knew another man who was diagnosed as profoundly mentally disabled.  When I first met him, he was working in a sheltered workshop. Just talking to him, I did not think that he was in any form mentally challenged. So just on a whim, I started teaching him basic computer skills.  He took to it like the proverbial duck to water.  He now runs a number of distribution lists and is a member of the JAWS public beta team and the NVDA devlopment team.

So much for expert diagnosis of 'the blind.'


On 3/7/2020 6:33 PM, Gene wrote:

It is far more useful to discuss possible ways of improving the situation rather than, and I'm sorry if you object, labeling someone with no real diagnostic work.  If you label someone by saying he or she has different learning styles, what does that do?  It implies that the rest of us who don't can do nothing to hhelp.  And you are medicalizing a problem that may simply be largely someone rushing when he becomes emotionally involved in a discussion.  I've seen many messages from Brian and I've seen many much better written ones.  I simply do not believe you can diagnose some sort of problem by reading some e-mails, especially when more plausible explanations exist based on the number of much better written messages I've seen.  I am trying to help by discussing the matter and not ;labeling or diagnosing.  I'm using what I have observed.  You are defending, labeling, and medicalizing a problem when there are other just as plausible or more plausible explanations. 

 

Ours is an age of medicalizing everything.  If you rush to medicalize, you take attempts to help out of the hands of us mere mortals.  it must be done by specialists.  If I were convinced that there were some medical problem in this case, I might defer to the specialists.  You haven't even begun to prove your contention. 

 

I'm sorry if you are offended and don't like what I've written.  I'm not serving anyone if I don't honestly write what I think.

 

Brian has sent a message saying that people on lists have told him to use a spell checker and asking about where to get one.  That indicates that Brian wants to improve.  I'm willing to help and I think a lot of others are as well.  and I think you are as well.

 

I believe that in a situation like this, you try to help by trying to solve problems in a practical way.  One way is to find out what e-mail prohgram Brian is using.  We can proceed from there. 

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

From: Ann Parsons

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 3:35 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

 

Hi all,

No, I am not making unsupported statements.  First, after being a tutor
to both sighted and blind students  in English and in Social Studies,
as well as in braille and adaptive computers,  since 1978, I'm well
acquainted with the signs of writing by persons who have learning
differences.  They are similar to the ways people who are DeafBlind
write, so I wasn't sure which we're dealing with.  Hmmm, let me see,
1978 was forty-two years ago now.  Good Lord, that's a lot of
experience!  I'm still tutoring.

Although he may be rushing to write his responses, his writing has been
consistent during the time I've observed him on various lists.  This is
not a single occurrance.

As for the coasting, he admits it himself in his message.  He said that
his teachers never told him his writing was less than adequate.   That,
Gene, my friend, is the behavior of teachers who allow PWD to coast
through school.

If you want to check out my creds, you can look at my web site below. 
On there is a link called Instructor.  Have a look.

Ann P.




Original message:
> You are making unsupported statements. How do you know Brian has
> learning differences? How do you know he was coasted through school?
> I'll offer an alternative explanation. I'm not saying either are
> correct nor am I saying which one may or may not account for observed
> phenomena better. But how do you know that some or many of these errors
> are not the result of someone feeling strongly about something and
> rushing to get the message written as quickly as possible? If Brian is
> typing far above the speed at which he types more accurately, that may
> result in some of what is observed. And, since I've seen messages from
> Brian that don't have all these mistakes, I'll consider my theory to be
> a possibly better explanation, since I don't know Brian's background
> and I think it is absurd to infer some sort of learning differences
> based on a few e-mails.
> But none of this, learning differences, spelling difficulties, a rush
> to type as quickly as you can to get your message out as fast as
> possible, none of these possibilities precludes the use of a spell checker.
> To this point, I have been writing as a list member. I am now writing
> as the list owner.
> This discussion has been very interesting and we know more about each
> other than we did, thus helping build community on the list. But if the
> discussion becomes mostly one of how messages are written, I'll close
> it. I realize that you and a few others may want to respond to what I
> and others have said but this part of the discussion shouldn't continue
> for more than a few more messages.
> Now, I'm writing as a list member again.
> Brian, I would think it may be uncomfortable seeing your writing
> critiqued. But keep these things in mind and you may find the
> experience useful:
> My view is that if I expect someone to spend the time reading my
> messages and thinking about them, I have a certain responsibility to
> make them reasonably readable. In your case, many people probably have
> to stop to review phrases where words are written together without
> spaces. Because I've seen messages from you that are much better
> written, it appears to me that if you get emotional about a subject,
> you rush to write what you want as quickly as you can. the result is
> errors that make your messages difficult to read, such as words written
> together with no spaces.
> As to spelling, in general I would just let that go. But when you call
> a whole class of people illiterate, then don't use a spellchecker and
> have misspelled wordafter misspelled word, then, like it or not, you
> become part of the discussion. Like it or not, literacy is partly
> sending a message without perhaps thirty or forty or more misspelled
> words. And nothing precludes you from using a spellchecker. As I said,
> in general I wouldn't comment on spelling, but it is inevitable that at
> least a few people will when you accuse people of being illiterate and
> don't use a spell checker, resulting in a great many misspellings. It's
> as though I attended a cooking contest, made a speech before the event
> in which I said that with frozen dinners, no one knows how to cook
> anymore, then I burned the soup and my main dish.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ann Parsons <mailto:akp@...>
> Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 6:27 AM
> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business
> Hi all,

> I could write a long rant about how I am treated when I correct
> people's spelling publicly. I have been called harsh and arrogant and
> more. I won't do that because it would be counter-productive. I will
> say, however, that taking advantage of someone who has made a public
> mistake is, I feel, cruel. it demeans those who perpetuate such crimes.

> If you wish to correct Brian's writing, you might do so privately,
> thereby giving him the dignity he deserves. It isn't his fault that he
> was coasted through school. It isn't his fault that he may not have a
> braille display or possess hard copy braille so that he could improve
> his writing.

> If you want to help, take it off-list! Truly be of service and not
> part of the problem.

> Ann P.


> Original message:
>> Now Brian,

>> I don't want to personalize this, but you say you're a good
>> Braille reader now: correct? You say that people who use audio
>> primarily aren't truly literate and you can tell by the way they write
>> e-mails: is that what you're saying? Well let me be your teacher and
>> quote and correct your own mistakes that you have made in your lengthy
>> reply.

>> <spelling error> aAmen(I guess you are trying to say Amen to that or
>> something similar--note the repetition of the first letter A.)

>> <grammatical clumsiness> if you don't braille than you are not truly
>> literate. (I guess you mean: if you don't know/use/are competent in,
>> Braille then you are not truly literate.)

>> <run on sentence> If you doubt this then read emails from blind people
>> who don't know braille there spelling and (There should be a period
>> after the word Braille.)

>> <spelling error> gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. (In
>> this sentence grammar and a lot are misspelled.)

>> <run on sentence> I have been there myself if I don't read then I to
>> will fall in to trap as well. (There should be a period after the word
>> myself.)

>> If you truly want to be literate then you just have
>> <spelling error> toread and not just listen to audio. (there is a run
>> on word toread that should be separated into 'to read.')
>> Those of us who do prefer braille and would rather read than listen
>> have only audio as the option all to often. For me if I want to stay
>> literate then I have to read braille and as I said in my email to Grumpy
>> Dave I can't
>> <spelling error> amagine my life with out braille. (I guess you mean
>> 'imagine my life without Braille.)

>> <wrong use of the word loose> I have had braille most of my life and I
>> would loose independence (I guess you mean lose independence.)

>> <spelling error> ifI were to not know braille. (You ran the words If
>> and I together.)

>> Reading braille is active reading but listening to audio or computer
>> speech is just passive reading.

>> I prefer to <spelling error> activly read but most of the time I can't
>> because it's audio only. (You misspelled actively.)

>> <spelling errors and a run on sentence> I do rember haveing to cary
>> volumes of braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never
>> gave it a though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me
>> at all. (You misspelled remember, having, across and probably mean the
>> word had when you wrote hav. And I almost forgot, you used the word
>> though instead of thought.) (There should be a period after the word
>> thought.)

>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>> could have
>> <spelling error> donee much better if I had braille. (You misspelled
>> the word done.)

>> <spelling errors> I had tapes from recording forthe blind but I had
>> issues with the readers with pronouncations. (you ran the words for
>> and the together. You misspelled pronunciation.)

>> I remember taking test and what I heard during the test sounded nothing
>> like what I heard on the tapes.

>> If I would have had my books in braille I would have known the correct
>> words and the tests would have made <spelling error> sinse. (You
>> misspelled the word sense.)

>> <spelling error> If yur going to read on tape then you must be able to
>> speak properly and say your words properly. (You misspelled the word
>> you're--or at least I think that's what you meant by writing the word yur.)

>> <grammatical oddity> There was the issue of only tape at a time and
>> having to send 2 copies of every book to recording for the blind to be
>> recorded. (I'm not quite sure, but I think you meant 'only one tape at
>> a time.)

>> <spelling error> Audio is usless if I don't know what you are saying.
>> (You misspelled useless.)

>> This is why we need braille. Braille readers don't make a big deal of
>> how many volumes a book is it just is.


>> LONG STORY SHORT: BRIAN, YOU ARE A POOR EXAMPLE OF THE IDEA THAT BRAILLE
>> READERS WRITE COHERENT AND GRAMATICALLY CORRECT E-MAIL MESSAGES.
>> On 3/6/2020 3:01 PM, brian wrote:
>>> aAmen if you don't braille than you are not truly literate. If you
>>> doubt this then read emails from blind people who don't know braille
>>> there spelling and gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. I
>>> have been there myself if I don't read then I to will fall in to trap
>>> as well. If you truly want to be literate then you just have toread
>>> and not just listen to audio. Those of us who do prefer braille and
>>> would rather read than listen have only audio as the option all to
>>> often. For me if I want to stay literate then I have to read braille
>>> and as I said in my email to Grumpy Dave I can't amagine my life with
>>> out braille. I have had braille most of my life and I would loose
>>> independence ifI were to not know braille. Reading braille is active
>>> reading but listening to audio or computer speech is just passive
>>> reading. I prefer to activly read but most of the time I can't
>>> because it's audio only. I do rember haveing to cary volumes of
>>> braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never gave it a
>>> though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me at all.
>>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>>> could have donee much better if I had braille. I had tapes from
>>> recording forthe blind but I had issues with the readers with
>>> pronouncations. I remember taking test and what I heard during the
>>> test sounded nothing like what I heard on the tapes. If I would have
>>> had my books in braille I would have known the correct words and the
>>> tests would have made sinse. If yur going to read on tape then you
>>> must be able to speak properly and say your words properly. There was
>>> the issue of only tape at a time and having to send 2 copies of every
>>> book to recording for the blind to be recorded. Audio is usless if I
>>> don't know what you are saying. This is why we need braille. Braille
>>> readers don't make a big deal of how many volumes a book is it just is.

>>> Brian Sackrider

>>> On 3/6/2020 7:26 AM, chris judge wrote:
>>>> This is true. There is a huge difference between not learning braille
>>>> if you've lost your site later in life. The unfortunate fact is that
>>>> even people who are blind since birth are not learning braille at the
>>>> rate they were when I was a kid 50 years ago. If you are blind since
>>>> birth and you don't learn braille you miss out on basic literacy. How
>>>> do you learn proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and such if you
>>>> don't learn braile. If you have had site you already understand these
>>>> things so knowing braille isn't as paramount.

>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
>>>> <main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>> On Behalf Of
>>>> Victor
>>>> Sent: March 6, 2020 12:42 AM
>>>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

>>>> Hello everyone:

>>>> I would like to point out that many blind people lose their eyesight
>>>> later in life and they find it too difficult to learn braille. It is
>>>> much easier for them to access information by listening to audio.
>>>> It’s hard enough for them to get over losing their eyesight and live
>>>> without seeing their loved ones or other things ever again. The last
>>>> thing they want is to learn a new skill that they may find just too
>>>> difficult.

>>>> After obtaining my iPhone, I attended a users group where are the
>>>> people taught each other to use iOS devices. While at the group one
>>>> day, one of the group leaders brought a focus 40 refreshable braille
>>>> display for everyone to examine. I was the only blind person in the
>>>> room interested in touching the device because I knew braille and I
>>>> owned a previous generation of that device. It was not discussed, but
>>>> I knew that they were not interested because most of them had lost
>>>> their eyesight later in life. I suspect that they found it much
>>>> easier to listen to audio than reading braille. Plus, most of them
>>>> had learned how to access information using their iPhones. I’m sure
>>>> they found it much easier to whip out their iPhones and listen to
>>>> their books, podcasts, scan documents and do everything else we can
>>>> do with our iPhones. I realize that not everyone owns a smart phone
>>>> because they have not found a way to obtain one. I also realize that
>>>> not everyone is into these types of gadgets. However, many blind
>>>> people have discovered how great these gadgets are and how useful
>>>> they can be in helping them become more independent. For many of us,
>>>> that is the route we have chosen.

>>>> In any case, don’t be too surprised if you meet a blind person who is
>>>> not interested in learning braille. Don’t be too hard on those
>>>> people. Maybe they just prefer to do what is easier.

>>>> I am so glad that refreshable braille displays exist now. I am also
>>>> glad that low cost refreshable braille displays are being developed.
>>>> I definitely don’t miss the days of carrying bulky braille books to
>>>> and from my classes. I do not miss the days of trying to look up
>>>> words in the dictionary and dealing with a whole bookshelf of braille
>>>> books. No thank you! I do not miss my five volume braille New Testament.

>>>> If I did not already on a refreshable braille display, I would
>>>> definitely look into obtaining the orbit braille reader or the
>>>> braille me.


>>>> Anyhow, these are just my rambling opinions.

>>>> Victor Sent from my iPhone

>>>>> On Mar 5, 2020, at 7:40 PM, brian <bsackrider55@...
>>>>> <mailto:bsackrider55@...>> wrote:

>>>>>  Thanks Grumpy Dave for your explination. I would be willing to
>>>>> pay a few dollars to get braille. I am not saying that I should get
>>>>> for free but not to have the option is my complaint. My local
>>>>> liberary use to provide braille for 10 cents per page. I was also
>>>>> told that if I provided the paper they would braille what I wanted.
>>>>> They required 67 weight paper which I can get at Staples. All to
>>>>> often we are forced to except only audio as the only format that is
>>>>> available. Braille will always be my prefered format because I
>>>>> prefer to read for myself instead of just listen. You say that you
>>>>> hate braille but you can use it well I feel the same about audio.
>>>>> Why do we have to be locked in to just one format? How many people
>>>>> would rather read than listen? Blind or sighted. People who prefer
>>>>> to read than should be commended instead of being kind of bashed for
>>>>> it. If not many blind people request braille than it should be no
>>>>> trouble to provide it. Braille is not that dificult to produce once
>>>>> you have the equipment. my liberary had no trouble all they needed
>>>>> was files in microsoft word and the paper and they were good to go.
>>>>> I use to get my weekly meterials for my church all in grade 2
>>>>> braille. It was really great to finally be an active participant in
>>>>> the service instead just a pasive listener. To be able to read
>>>>> along with everyone else the verses and hyms and classes lessons is
>>>>> a great feeling you just can't discribe the independence that it
>>>>> givesyou. It's kind of like having access to dvs you can finally
>>>>> know what is going on when there is all of that dead air. I was
>>>>> able to read infront of the church and be active in bible study and
>>>>> even lead the groop all using braille. I do use braille menus when
>>>>> ever possible even if I don't really need it just to let them see
>>>>> that somone is acually using it. Braille has given me a very full
>>>>> life and I don't know whear my life would be with out braille. I
>>>>> feel that every blind person who is able to read braille should
>>>>> learn it. I do understand that there are blind people who have
>>>>> medical conditions that prevents them from being able to read
>>>>> braille. For them they have no choice but to use audio but I do
>>>>> have the choice I just don't like being limited to just audio only
>>>>> and not braille. You hate braille and I hate audio. a good example
>>>>> of when I wish that I had braille instead of a file was when I
>>>>> requested my local newspaper to be accessable. my lions club
>>>>> purchassed a sara reading machine for me there was no braille manual
>>>>> but there was a print manual. I had to go to the help file on the
>>>>> machine and try to find what I wanted. When I called the paper
>>>>> office they asked what files my machine could read. If I had a
>>>>> braille manual I could have just looked it up while on the phone and
>>>>> gave them the answer. I had to call back after I went to the help
>>>>> file and found it. This is very time concuming I can look up
>>>>> somthing much faster in braille than any other format. I am not
>>>>> saying that I can do it as quick as a sighted person can with print
>>>>> but for me it's the fastest way for me to get the job done. When I
>>>>> was a kid I attended the Michigan school the blind in Lansing and we
>>>>> had to learn braille and all of our books were in braille. There
>>>>> was no I don't want to learn it you had to. I will say that I can
>>>>> certainly listen much faster than I can read but when it comes to
>>>>> looking up somthing braille is faster hands down. I have been blind
>>>>> since birth and thats all I ever knew was braille. It's like the
>>>>> sighted grew up with print. I wanted to learn the opticon at the
>>>>> rehab center but they would not let me because they said that I was
>>>>> not fast enough. I felt that I was learning and making progress and
>>>>> I should had the right to continue but they said no. If somone
>>>>> really wants to learn a new skil then they should beallowed to do
>>>>> so. If I am determind to learn somthing that then I will even
>>>>> though it might take more time then the teacher would like. I guess
>>>>> that modavation means nothing. If somone reallly wants to learn
>>>>> braille so what ifit takes several month to do so they should not be
>>>>> told no you can't continue. If companies had the equipment to
>>>>> produce braille they could charge me for the cost of the paper to
>>>>> get braille manuals or catalogs.

>>>>>> On 3/5/2020 9:26 PM, Dave wrote:
>>>>>> Hello Brian,


>>>>>> I have nothing against Braille other than the hassle it is to create
>>>>>> it, such as a Manual in Braille.


>>>>>> I've been blind for a long time now, and there were many times when I
>>>>>> would have Kissed the Feet of anyone who gave me a manual in Audio
>>>>>> format. many times have I had to just Wing it, learning by Guess and
>>>>>> by Golly. Once Computers became a Tool for the Blind, Guessing was
>>>>>> not always the best thing to do, as guessing wrong could ruin your
>>>>>> day in a Big way. Still can.


>>>>>> but, Brian, I have no Beef with Braille. To produce it is just
>>>>>> not an
>>>>>> easy task. And I would guess that most manufacturers of items for
>>>>>> the blind, may not want to hire another Staff member to do nothing
>>>>>> but print out Manuals in Braille.


>>>>>> Yes, it all sounds good, until the costs of doing such a thing is
>>>>>> considered.


>>>>>> These days, I do expect a Manual at least in a PDF format, if not an
>>>>>> Audio file. And if I own my own Braille Printer, I can then print
>>>>>> out the PDF file.


>>>>>> Although, I can't afford one of those printers, so I do without.


>>>>>> However, I could run the Audio file through an Audio to Text
>>>>>> converter, and then print that file out in Braille.


>>>>>> When I get nothing but an On Line Manual, where I need to go On Line
>>>>>> to read the thing. I am Thankful for at least that much, but I
>>>>>> always look to see if I can just download the manual so I don't need
>>>>>> to be going On Line so much.


>>>>>> Call it my personal Taste.


>>>>>> I would think most who are Blind have learned over and over again to
>>>>>> look for Work Arounds for doing many things in Life.


>>>>>> You like Braille, and while I do use it, I Hate it. So a Braille
>>>>>> Manual would be a waste of resources to send me one.


>>>>>> You Love it, and can use it well. So, when the Company doesn't send
>>>>>> a manual in Braille, but has sent you one in PDF, or even Audio, if
>>>>>> you want a manual in Braille, the Work around is to convert that
>>>>>> Audio or
>>>>>> PDF file into Braille. And if you are like me, and can't afford a
>>>>>> Braille Printer, there are Services that will take your Manual file
>>>>>> and make you a manual in Braille.


>>>>>> it may cost you a few dollars, which again is all part of the Life of
>>>>>> someone who is Blind. In the past, I have hired Readers to read
>>>>>> Manuals on Tape. Paid them $10 for every hour of Recorded material.


>>>>>> I've paid people to read my Mail. This was before smart Phones had
>>>>>> built in Cameras and OCR programs. I paid them $10 an hour too. this
>>>>>> was back in the 1980's and 90's.


>>>>>> I haven't had to hire anyone for about 20 years now


>>>>>> And Dare I bring up the Quality of Manuals? So often, regardless of
>>>>>> what Format it comes in, the information in the thing is totally Nuts!
>>>>>> It doesn't make Sense, and you can't tell if it is a Translation of
>>>>>> something in Chinese to English, or from Chinese to Spanish and then
>>>>>> Russian, and then to English etc.


>>>>>> And some manuals that come in English are so poorly written, lack
>>>>>> helpful information and seem to be missing a great deal of actual
>>>>>> instructional information and are next to useless in any format.


>>>>>> Grumpy Dave



















>> --
>> They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
>> They ask: "How Happy are You?"
>> I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"




> --
> Ann K. Parsons
> Portal Tutoring
> EMAIL: akp@... <mailto:akp@...>
> Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
> <http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/>
> Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
> <http://www.portaltutoring.info>
> Skype: Putertutor

> "All that is gold does not glitter,
> Not all those who wander are lost."




>

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL:  akp@...
Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
Portal Tutoring web site:  http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."






-- 
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"


Re: firefox portable or full

Kerryn Gunness
 

cool
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't use Windows 10 but I expect others will tell you.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

am using win 10, not sure what version
tell me how to check it
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't know what is causing the problem.  I don't know what version of Windows you are using.  I would say to check using Task Manager to be sure nothing related to Firefox is running.  The installer seems to think a version of firefox is running and if there is something running related to firefox, perhaps the Task Manager would indicate that if you check the list of runnning processes.  If you need to know how to do that, let us know what version of Windows you are using.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

hey jene
same problem occured
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

Try using this link.  There is an exe file you will run but it should work.  If it doesn't, we'll have to try to figure out why.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

jene
 
i downloaded the portable program
when  i installed it, yup i was asked to install it, which i did
i clicked on the file to open the program i got a message
it is something like this
close all instances of firefox portable, firefox cannot update when it is open
there are 2 buttons, ok and cancel
 
what to do here
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

The page to download Firefox portable is:
 
There may be something on the page about downloading the portable apps installer but don't worry about that. 
 
I believe you should use the link that says something like
Download from PortableApps.com
 
Its been a long time but I believe that is the link to use.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:26 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

guys can anyone or jene share again
thanks


Re: firefox portable or full

Gene
 

I don't use Windows 10 but I expect others will tell you.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

am using win 10, not sure what version
tell me how to check it
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't know what is causing the problem.  I don't know what version of Windows you are using.  I would say to check using Task Manager to be sure nothing related to Firefox is running.  The installer seems to think a version of firefox is running and if there is something running related to firefox, perhaps the Task Manager would indicate that if you check the list of runnning processes.  If you need to know how to do that, let us know what version of Windows you are using.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

hey jene
same problem occured
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

Try using this link.  There is an exe file you will run but it should work.  If it doesn't, we'll have to try to figure out why.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

jene
 
i downloaded the portable program
when  i installed it, yup i was asked to install it, which i did
i clicked on the file to open the program i got a message
it is something like this
close all instances of firefox portable, firefox cannot update when it is open
there are 2 buttons, ok and cancel
 
what to do here
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

The page to download Firefox portable is:
 
There may be something on the page about downloading the portable apps installer but don't worry about that. 
 
I believe you should use the link that says something like
Download from PortableApps.com
 
Its been a long time but I believe that is the link to use.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:26 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

guys can anyone or jene share again
thanks


Re: firefox portable or full

Kerryn Gunness
 

am using win 10, not sure what version
tell me how to check it
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

I don't know what is causing the problem.  I don't know what version of Windows you are using.  I would say to check using Task Manager to be sure nothing related to Firefox is running.  The installer seems to think a version of firefox is running and if there is something running related to firefox, perhaps the Task Manager would indicate that if you check the list of runnning processes.  If you need to know how to do that, let us know what version of Windows you are using.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

hey jene
same problem occured
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

Try using this link.  There is an exe file you will run but it should work.  If it doesn't, we'll have to try to figure out why.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

jene
 
i downloaded the portable program
when  i installed it, yup i was asked to install it, which i did
i clicked on the file to open the program i got a message
it is something like this
close all instances of firefox portable, firefox cannot update when it is open
there are 2 buttons, ok and cancel
 
what to do here
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

The page to download Firefox portable is:
 
There may be something on the page about downloading the portable apps installer but don't worry about that. 
 
I believe you should use the link that says something like
Download from PortableApps.com
 
Its been a long time but I believe that is the link to use.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:26 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

guys can anyone or jene share again
thanks


locked Re: Life experiences as a blind person

Loy
 

Sorry about this message, thought I was on the chat list.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Loy via Groups.Io" <loyrg2845=gmail.com@groups.io>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 7:06 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Life experiences as a blind person


I changed the subject line.I
have been legally blind in one eye and totally blind in the other due to a dynamite cap blast when I was 3. I never had seen another blind person until I was grown. When my mother took me to register in public school, 1951. they told her I could not attend, I would have to go to a blind school.My mother left there crying, but not sure what she did but I was admitted to the public school.At home I was expected to do just like my older brothers. I had great teachers in the grammar school. In high school I had great teachers as well. I wasn't given much extra attention except when the teacher put something on the board. They would give me a print copy. I could read normal size print when I would hold very close.I was given large print books but most were not the same as the other students, so I left them at home as references. They were too big for me to lug around at the high school. After high school I went to a vocational class at the Georgia Academy for the blind to study Horticulture. I went into a business of my own growing and selling plants. After 9 years I went to work with the Coca-cola company for 13 years until I lost all vision.After a couple of years I regained some vision after surgery. Then I took up computers and repaired and built computers . Now at 75 I have again lost all vision and having to learn computer totally with screen reader, after using ZT with screen reader. After reading many of the experiences talked about here I am thankful I did not have the bad experiences they had.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pamela Dominguez" <pammygirl99@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business


I bet it sure was embarrassing! I'm glad they yelled at her. It's so terrible, some of the stuff families do. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: chris judge
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:24 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

That's terrible. I don't tolerate people answering questions on my behave.
It's funny how family can be the worst offenders.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of jan
howells via Groups.Io
Sent: March 7, 2020 10:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
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I always told by family members that I am dumb, stupid, and incompetent. I
had no self esteem. My family still thinks that because I cannot see. I
was always degraded by my family. My aunt got hollered at by the Seeing
Eye. She cried and blamed me.
I did not tell her to degrade in front of them and answer questions during
my interview at the same time while I was answering my questions. That was
very awkward and embarrassing.

Jan








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locked Life experiences as a blind person

Loy
 

I changed the subject line.I
have been legally blind in one eye and totally blind in the other due to a dynamite cap blast when I was 3. I never had seen another blind person until I was grown. When my mother took me to register in public school, 1951. they told her I could not attend, I would have to go to a blind school.My mother left there crying, but not sure what she did but I was admitted to the public school.At home I was expected to do just like my older brothers. I had great teachers in the grammar school. In high school I had great teachers as well. I wasn't given much extra attention except when the teacher put something on the board. They would give me a print copy. I could read normal size print when I would hold very close.I was given large print books but most were not the same as the other students, so I left them at home as references. They were too big for me to lug around at the high school. After high school I went to a vocational class at the Georgia Academy for the blind to study Horticulture. I went into a business of my own growing and selling plants. After 9 years I went to work with the Coca-cola company for 13 years until I lost all vision.After a couple of years I regained some vision after surgery. Then I took up computers and repaired and built computers . Now at 75 I have again lost all vision and having to learn computer totally with screen reader, after using ZT with screen reader. After reading many of the experiences talked about here I am thankful I did not have the bad experiences they had.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pamela Dominguez" <pammygirl99@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business


I bet it sure was embarrassing! I'm glad they yelled at her. It's so terrible, some of the stuff families do. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: chris judge
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:24 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

That's terrible. I don't tolerate people answering questions on my behave.
It's funny how family can be the worst offenders.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of jan
howells via Groups.Io
Sent: March 7, 2020 10:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

I always told by family members that I am dumb, stupid, and incompetent. I
had no self esteem. My family still thinks that because I cannot see. I
was always degraded by my family. My aunt got hollered at by the Seeing
Eye. She cried and blamed me.
I did not tell her to degrade in front of them and answer questions during
my interview at the same time while I was answering my questions. That was
very awkward and embarrassing.

Jan








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Re: firefox portable or full

Gene
 

I don't know what is causing the problem.  I don't know what version of Windows you are using.  I would say to check using Task Manager to be sure nothing related to Firefox is running.  The installer seems to think a version of firefox is running and if there is something running related to firefox, perhaps the Task Manager would indicate that if you check the list of runnning processes.  If you need to know how to do that, let us know what version of Windows you are using.
 
Gene

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Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

hey jene
same problem occured
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

Try using this link.  There is an exe file you will run but it should work.  If it doesn't, we'll have to try to figure out why.
 
Gene
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Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2020 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

jene
 
i downloaded the portable program
when  i installed it, yup i was asked to install it, which i did
i clicked on the file to open the program i got a message
it is something like this
close all instances of firefox portable, firefox cannot update when it is open
there are 2 buttons, ok and cancel
 
what to do here
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

The page to download Firefox portable is:
 
There may be something on the page about downloading the portable apps installer but don't worry about that. 
 
I believe you should use the link that says something like
Download from PortableApps.com
 
Its been a long time but I believe that is the link to use.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:26 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox portable or full

guys can anyone or jene share again
thanks


locked Re: Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

Carolyn Arnold
 

The government had 535 plus one President. They're no better than my deceased husband - deficit spending on and on and on.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

Well don’t feel bad because my sister with a college degree can’t manage her money worth a darn!
Marie


From: Mich Verrier
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:11 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world


Hi I hve not been following this thred all the way though how ever from beaing in a blind school my self from grade 7 untill grade 12 from 1997 untill 2003 I can say that some of the thingsthat we where not taught were thingslike budgitting. To this day math and money are one of my hardest topics and things to grasp. I was never taught budgitting or how to manage money. That is a life skill that the school for the blind that I whent to didn’t teach me. From Mich.



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of brian
Sent: March 8, 2020 11:52 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world



If you have never tended a blind school then you will not know that whatwas like for those of us that spent our lives there. I was there from 1969-1985 but I hear that things are getting much better now. I have heard for years stories similar to mine of people from other states. The treatmentof blind students was very tipical of many blind schools acrost the country. They made it seem like the perfect invirment and at the time you would have thought so. There were few real chalenges and you were not pushed to excell. In fact my teachers told us that your program is structured so you can do it. They brought the program down to your leavel instead of bring you up to the level of the program. The sheltered us from the sighted world and did not expose us to it or teach us how to interact with it. Social skills were not tought nor were problem solving skills tought either. Blindness skills were the focus but even they could have done a better job of that. They sheltered us by not chalenging us and by not teaching us important valuable skills that we need to live in the sighted world. They did not prepear us for the sighted world or teach us how to live in it. We were not tought how to deal with situations that are not perfect as we thought they were at school. They would baby us and over pertect us just like are parents did. We were not tought that we would always have everything that we need in the way that we want it. I think that this helps to explain why blind people like me feel that have an intitled rite to have braille for everythingthat we need or want. For those who don't like it that I complain when I can't get braille manuals or catalogs sighted do the same if they can't get print. It's okay for them but not for us. They all don't have smart phones or computers so they just can't go line to read a manual. there is not one sise for all some people still need paper documents either blind or sighted. Why do the sighted get theirs but we can't? When you buy a product what is the first thing that you take out of the box? The print manual. They can open it up and read how to set it up and how to use it but we can't. We have the right to be able to do the same but we can't because they refuseto provide us with the document. If sighted have print provided to them then we should also have braille provided to us as well. I have heard sighted get just as upset as I do if they can't get a print manual on a new device that they don't know how to use. There alot of old school sighted people just as there are blind people who don't have all of this technology. For the sames reasons as for us. They can't aford it or they don't think that they need it or they just don't it. You don't hear people jumping all over sighted people if they complain about but if you are blind then then people do. Blind people do have same write to the writen word as the sighted but we are being denied that right. This is discrimination against the blind and is a major ada issue like it or not thats the truth. When my lions club bought me the sarareading machine for me they could not believe that there was a print manual in the boxbut no braille manual. they even this was wrong. They were all sighted. Even sighted people do agree with us that it's wrong not to provide braille manuals when there is a print one. I guess that some blindpeople think thats wrong but it is. Sighted people told me that they would be just as upset as I am if they had no print manual. Yesterday there was a discusion on my telaspace on the main board about blind schools then and now. I do learn better if I read braille than I do if I just listen and there are sighted people that are the same way. they learn better if they read printthan they do if they just watch a vidio. I have heard them tell me this. It's okey for them but not for me.

Brian Sackrider n 3/8/2020 8:15 AM, chris judge wrote:

Unfortunately stories like his are all too common. In Canada we have APSEA, The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority. They serve children with disabilities until they reach post-secondary age.

I was working with a young lady who was both blind and used a wheelchair. She was told by one of the teachers at APSEA that she would never succeed in University and that she was just wasting everyones time and money. The fact that she was twice as intelligent as he was didn’t seem to matter. He should have been fired on the spot for saying that to her. Today she is happily cruising through her third year at Carlton university in Ottawa, and I have every confidence in her that she will obtain that law degree she seeks.



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: March 7, 2020 9:50 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business



Hi Gene,

I read Brian's heartfelt response just before I read your response to Ann. Now we can only go by what Brian is saying and as with everyone else, I wasn't there when all these things were done to him. Assuming that what he says is largely true, his situation seems to be more and more prevalent with blind people.

For example, I know a woman whose teachers determined that she was learning disabled when she was about five years old. From that time on, she was always told that she couldn't do this or couldn't do that and so on. To add to this, her parents were over protective and added to the issue. By the time I met her, she had become some what resigned to the fact that she couldn't do a lot of things--and in particular, she couldn't use a computer with the same ability of a normal blind person. After working with her for about six months, I was able to teacher a significant amount. I don't think she had any real learning disability. She was just conditioned to accept less someone else said about her true potential.

I knew another man who was diagnosed as profoundly mentally disabled. When I first met him, he was working in a sheltered workshop. Just talking to him, I did not think that he was in any form mentally challenged. So just on a whim, I started teaching him basic computer skills. He took to it like the proverbial duck to water. He now runs a number of distribution lists and is a member of the JAWS public beta team and the NVDA devlopment team.

So much for expert diagnosis of 'the blind.'




On 3/7/2020 6:33 PM, Gene wrote:

It is far more useful to discuss possible ways of improving the situation rather than, and I'm sorry if you object, labeling someone with no real diagnostic work. If you label someone by saying he or she has different learning styles, what does that do? It implies that the rest of us who don't can do nothing to hhelp. And you are medicalizing a problem that may simply be largely someone rushing when he becomes emotionally involved in a discussion. I've seen many messages from Brian and I've seen many much better written ones. I simply do not believe you can diagnose some sort of problem by reading some e-mails, especially when more plausible explanations exist based on the number of much better written messages I've seen. I am trying to help by discussing the matter and not ;labeling or diagnosing. I'm using what I have observed. You are defending, labeling, and medicalizing a problem when there are other just as plausible or more plausible explanations.



Ours is an age of medicalizing everything. If you rush to medicalize, you take attempts to help out of the hands of us mere mortals. it must be done by specialists. If I were convinced that there were some medical problem in this case, I might defer to the specialists. You haven't even begun to prove your contention.



I'm sorry if you are offended and don't like what I've written. I'm not serving anyone if I don't honestly write what I think.



Brian has sent a message saying that people on lists have told him to use a spell checker and asking about where to get one. That indicates that Brian wants to improve. I'm willing to help and I think a lot of others are as well. and I think you are as well.



I believe that in a situation like this, you try to help by trying to solve problems in a practical way. One way is to find out what e-mail prohgram Brian is using. We can proceed from there.



Gene

----- Original Message -----

From: Ann Parsons

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 3:35 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business



Hi all,

No, I am not making unsupported statements. First, after being a tutor
to both sighted and blind students in English and in Social Studies,
as well as in braille and adaptive computers, since 1978, I'm well
acquainted with the signs of writing by persons who have learning
differences. They are similar to the ways people who are DeafBlind
write, so I wasn't sure which we're dealing with. Hmmm, let me see,
1978 was forty-two years ago now. Good Lord, that's a lot of
experience! I'm still tutoring.

Although he may be rushing to write his responses, his writing has been
consistent during the time I've observed him on various lists. This is
not a single occurrance.

As for the coasting, he admits it himself in his message. He said that
his teachers never told him his writing was less than adequate. That,
Gene, my friend, is the behavior of teachers who allow PWD to coast
through school.

If you want to check out my creds, you can look at my web site below.
On there is a link called Instructor. Have a look.

Ann P.




Original message:
> You are making unsupported statements. How do you know Brian has
> learning differences? How do you know he was coasted through school?
> I'll offer an alternative explanation. I'm not saying either are
> correct nor am I saying which one may or may not account for observed
> phenomena better. But how do you know that some or many of these errors
> are not the result of someone feeling strongly about something and
> rushing to get the message written as quickly as possible? If Brian is
> typing far above the speed at which he types more accurately, that may
> result in some of what is observed. And, since I've seen messages from
> Brian that don't have all these mistakes, I'll consider my theory to be
> a possibly better explanation, since I don't know Brian's background
> and I think it is absurd to infer some sort of learning differences
> based on a few e-mails.
> But none of this, learning differences, spelling difficulties, a rush
> to type as quickly as you can to get your message out as fast as
> possible, none of these possibilities precludes the use of a spell checker.
> To this point, I have been writing as a list member. I am now writing
> as the list owner.
> This discussion has been very interesting and we know more about each
> other than we did, thus helping build community on the list. But if the
> discussion becomes mostly one of how messages are written, I'll close
> it. I realize that you and a few others may want to respond to what I
> and others have said but this part of the discussion shouldn't continue
> for more than a few more messages.
> Now, I'm writing as a list member again.
> Brian, I would think it may be uncomfortable seeing your writing
> critiqued. But keep these things in mind and you may find the
> experience useful:
> My view is that if I expect someone to spend the time reading my
> messages and thinking about them, I have a certain responsibility to
> make them reasonably readable. In your case, many people probably have
> to stop to review phrases where words are written together without
> spaces. Because I've seen messages from you that are much better
> written, it appears to me that if you get emotional about a subject,
> you rush to write what you want as quickly as you can. the result is
> errors that make your messages difficult to read, such as words written
> together with no spaces.
> As to spelling, in general I would just let that go. But when you call
> a whole class of people illiterate, then don't use a spellchecker and
> have misspelled wordafter misspelled word, then, like it or not, you
> become part of the discussion. Like it or not, literacy is partly
> sending a message without perhaps thirty or forty or more misspelled
> words. And nothing precludes you from using a spellchecker. As I said,
> in general I wouldn't comment on spelling, but it is inevitable that at
> least a few people will when you accuse people of being illiterate and
> don't use a spell checker, resulting in a great many misspellings. It's
> as though I attended a cooking contest, made a speech before the event
> in which I said that with frozen dinners, no one knows how to cook
> anymore, then I burned the soup and my main dish.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ann Parsons <mailto:akp@...>
> Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 6:27 AM
> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business
> Hi all,

> I could write a long rant about how I am treated when I correct
> people's spelling publicly. I have been called harsh and arrogant and
> more. I won't do that because it would be counter-productive. I will
> say, however, that taking advantage of someone who has made a public
> mistake is, I feel, cruel. it demeans those who perpetuate such crimes.

> If you wish to correct Brian's writing, you might do so privately,
> thereby giving him the dignity he deserves. It isn't his fault that he
> was coasted through school. It isn't his fault that he may not have a
> braille display or possess hard copy braille so that he could improve
> his writing.

> If you want to help, take it off-list! Truly be of service and not
> part of the problem.

> Ann P.


> Original message:
>> Now Brian,

>> I don't want to personalize this, but you say you're a good
>> Braille reader now: correct? You say that people who use audio
>> primarily aren't truly literate and you can tell by the way they write
>> e-mails: is that what you're saying? Well let me be your teacher and
>> quote and correct your own mistakes that you have made in your lengthy
>> reply.

>> <spelling error> aAmen(I guess you are trying to say Amen to that or
>> something similar--note the repetition of the first letter A.)

>> <grammatical clumsiness> if you don't braille than you are not truly
>> literate. (I guess you mean: if you don't know/use/are competent in,
>> Braille then you are not truly literate.)

>> <run on sentence> If you doubt this then read emails from blind people
>> who don't know braille there spelling and (There should be a period
>> after the word Braille.)

>> <spelling error> gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. (In
>> this sentence grammar and a lot are misspelled.)

>> <run on sentence> I have been there myself if I don't read then I to
>> will fall in to trap as well. (There should be a period after the word
>> myself.)

>> If you truly want to be literate then you just have
>> <spelling error> toread and not just listen to audio. (there is a run
>> on word toread that should be separated into 'to read.')
>> Those of us who do prefer braille and would rather read than listen
>> have only audio as the option all to often. For me if I want to stay
>> literate then I have to read braille and as I said in my email to Grumpy
>> Dave I can't
>> <spelling error> amagine my life with out braille. (I guess you mean
>> 'imagine my life without Braille.)

>> <wrong use of the word loose> I have had braille most of my life and I
>> would loose independence (I guess you mean lose independence.)

>> <spelling error> ifI were to not know braille. (You ran the words If
>> and I together.)

>> Reading braille is active reading but listening to audio or computer
>> speech is just passive reading.

>> I prefer to <spelling error> activly read but most of the time I can't
>> because it's audio only. (You misspelled actively.)

>> <spelling errors and a run on sentence> I do rember haveing to cary
>> volumes of braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never
>> gave it a though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me
>> at all. (You misspelled remember, having, across and probably mean the
>> word had when you wrote hav. And I almost forgot, you used the word
>> though instead of thought.) (There should be a period after the word
>> thought.)

>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>> could have
>> <spelling error> donee much better if I had braille. (You misspelled
>> the word done.)

>> <spelling errors> I had tapes from recording forthe blind but I had
>> issues with the readers with pronouncations. (you ran the words for
>> and the together. You misspelled pronunciation.)

>> I remember taking test and what I heard during the test sounded nothing
>> like what I heard on the tapes.

>> If I would have had my books in braille I would have known the correct
>> words and the tests would have made <spelling error> sinse. (You
>> misspelled the word sense.)

>> <spelling error> If yur going to read on tape then you must be able to
>> speak properly and say your words properly. (You misspelled the word
>> you're--or at least I think that's what you meant by writing the word yur.)

>> <grammatical oddity> There was the issue of only tape at a time and
>> having to send 2 copies of every book to recording for the blind to be
>> recorded. (I'm not quite sure, but I think you meant 'only one tape at
>> a time.)

>> <spelling error> Audio is usless if I don't know what you are saying.
>> (You misspelled useless.)

>> This is why we need braille. Braille readers don't make a big deal of
>> how many volumes a book is it just is.


>> LONG STORY SHORT: BRIAN, YOU ARE A POOR EXAMPLE OF THE IDEA THAT BRAILLE
>> READERS WRITE COHERENT AND GRAMATICALLY CORRECT E-MAIL MESSAGES.
>> On 3/6/2020 3:01 PM, brian wrote:
>>> aAmen if you don't braille than you are not truly literate. If you
>>> doubt this then read emails from blind people who don't know braille
>>> there spelling and gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. I
>>> have been there myself if I don't read then I to will fall in to trap
>>> as well. If you truly want to be literate then you just have toread
>>> and not just listen to audio. Those of us who do prefer braille and
>>> would rather read than listen have only audio as the option all to
>>> often. For me if I want to stay literate then I have to read braille
>>> and as I said in my email to Grumpy Dave I can't amagine my life with
>>> out braille. I have had braille most of my life and I would loose
>>> independence ifI were to not know braille. Reading braille is active
>>> reading but listening to audio or computer speech is just passive
>>> reading. I prefer to activly read but most of the time I can't
>>> because it's audio only. I do rember haveing to cary volumes of
>>> braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never gave it a
>>> though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me at all.
>>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>>> could have donee much better if I had braille. I had tapes from
>>> recording forthe blind but I had issues with the readers with
>>> pronouncations. I remember taking test and what I heard during the
>>> test sounded nothing like what I heard on the tapes. If I would have
>>> had my books in braille I would have known the correct words and the
>>> tests would have made sinse. If yur going to read on tape then you
>>> must be able to speak properly and say your words properly. There was
>>> the issue of only tape at a time and having to send 2 copies of every
>>> book to recording for the blind to be recorded. Audio is usless if I
>>> don't know what you are saying. This is why we need braille. Braille
>>> readers don't make a big deal of how many volumes a book is it just is.

>>> Brian Sackrider

>>> On 3/6/2020 7:26 AM, chris judge wrote:
>>>> This is true. There is a huge difference between not learning braille
>>>> if you've lost your site later in life. The unfortunate fact is that
>>>> even people who are blind since birth are not learning braille at the
>>>> rate they were when I was a kid 50 years ago. If you are blind since
>>>> birth and you don't learn braille you miss out on basic literacy. How
>>>> do you learn proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and such if you
>>>> don't learn braile. If you have had site you already understand these
>>>> things so knowing braille isn't as paramount.

>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
>>>> <main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>> On Behalf Of
>>>> Victor
>>>> Sent: March 6, 2020 12:42 AM
>>>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

>>>> Hello everyone:

>>>> I would like to point out that many blind people lose their eyesight
>>>> later in life and they find it too difficult to learn braille. It is
>>>> much easier for them to access information by listening to audio.
>>>> It’s hard enough for them to get over losing their eyesight and live
>>>> without seeing their loved ones or other things ever again. The last
>>>> thing they want is to learn a new skill that they may find just too
>>>> difficult.

>>>> After obtaining my iPhone, I attended a users group where are the
>>>> people taught each other to use iOS devices. While at the group one
>>>> day, one of the group leaders brought a focus 40 refreshable braille
>>>> display for everyone to examine. I was the only blind person in the
>>>> room interested in touching the device because I knew braille and I
>>>> owned a previous generation of that device. It was not discussed, but
>>>> I knew that they were not interested because most of them had lost
>>>> their eyesight later in life. I suspect that they found it much
>>>> easier to listen to audio than reading braille. Plus, most of them
>>>> had learned how to access information using their iPhones. I’m sure
>>>> they found it much easier to whip out their iPhones and listen to
>>>> their books, podcasts, scan documents and do everything else we can
>>>> do with our iPhones. I realize that not everyone owns a smart phone
>>>> because they have not found a way to obtain one. I also realize that
>>>> not everyone is into these types of gadgets. However, many blind
>>>> people have discovered how great these gadgets are and how useful
>>>> they can be in helping them become more independent. For many of us,
>>>> that is the route we have chosen.

>>>> In any case, don’t be too surprised if you meet a blind person who is
>>>> not interested in learning braille. Don’t be too hard on those
>>>> people. Maybe they just prefer to do what is easier.

>>>> I am so glad that refreshable braille displays exist now. I am also
>>>> glad that low cost refreshable braille displays are being developed.
>>>> I definitely don’t miss the days of carrying bulky braille books to
>>>> and from my classes. I do not miss the days of trying to look up
>>>> words in the dictionary and dealing with a whole bookshelf of braille
>>>> books. No thank you! I do not miss my five volume braille New Testament.

>>>> If I did not already on a refreshable braille display, I would
>>>> definitely look into obtaining the orbit braille reader or the
>>>> braille me.


>>>> Anyhow, these are just my rambling opinions.

>>>> Victor Sent from my iPhone

>>>>> On Mar 5, 2020, at 7:40 PM, brian <bsackrider55@...
>>>>> <mailto:bsackrider55@...>> wrote:

>>>>>  Thanks Grumpy Dave for your explination. I would be willing to
>>>>> pay a few dollars to get braille. I am not saying that I should get
>>>>> for free but not to have the option is my complaint. My local
>>>>> liberary use to provide braille for 10 cents per page. I was also
>>>>> told that if I provided the paper they would braille what I wanted.
>>>>> They required 67 weight paper which I can get at Staples. All to
>>>>> often we are forced to except only audio as the only format that is
>>>>> available. Braille will always be my prefered format because I
>>>>> prefer to read for myself instead of just listen. You say that you
>>>>> hate braille but you can use it well I feel the same about audio.
>>>>> Why do we have to be locked in to just one format? How many people
>>>>> would rather read than listen? Blind or sighted. People who prefer
>>>>> to read than should be commended instead of being kind of bashed for
>>>>> it. If not many blind people request braille than it should be no
>>>>> trouble to provide it. Braille is not that dificult to produce once
>>>>> you have the equipment. my liberary had no trouble all they needed
>>>>> was files in microsoft word and the paper and they were good to go.
>>>>> I use to get my weekly meterials for my church all in grade 2
>>>>> braille. It was really great to finally be an active participant in
>>>>> the service instead just a pasive listener. To be able to read
>>>>> along with everyone else the verses and hyms and classes lessons is
>>>>> a great feeling you just can't discribe the independence that it
>>>>> givesyou. It's kind of like having access to dvs you can finally
>>>>> know what is going on when there is all of that dead air. I was
>>>>> able to read infront of the church and be active in bible study and
>>>>> even lead the groop all using braille. I do use braille menus when
>>>>> ever possible even if I don't really need it just to let them see
>>>>> that somone is acually using it. Braille has given me a very full
>>>>> life and I don't know whear my life would be with out braille. I
>>>>> feel that every blind person who is able to read braille should
>>>>> learn it. I do understand that there are blind people who have
>>>>> medical conditions that prevents them from being able to read
>>>>> braille. For them they have no choice but to use audio but I do
>>>>> have the choice I just don't like being limited to just audio only
>>>>> and not braille. You hate braille and I hate audio. a good example
>>>>> of when I wish that I had braille instead of a file was when I
>>>>> requested my local newspaper to be accessable. my lions club
>>>>> purchassed a sara reading machine for me there was no braille manual
>>>>> but there was a print manual. I had to go to the help file on the
>>>>> machine and try to find what I wanted. When I called the paper
>>>>> office they asked what files my machine could read. If I had a
>>>>> braille manual I could have just looked it up while on the phone and
>>>>> gave them the answer. I had to call back after I went to the help
>>>>> file and found it. This is very time concuming I can look up
>>>>> somthing much faster in braille than any other format. I am not
>>>>> saying that I can do it as quick as a sighted person can with print
>>>>> but for me it's the fastest way for me to get the job done. When I
>>>>> was a kid I attended the Michigan school the blind in Lansing and we
>>>>> had to learn braille and all of our books were in braille. There
>>>>> was no I don't want to learn it you had to. I will say that I can
>>>>> certainly listen much faster than I can read but when it comes to
>>>>> looking up somthing braille is faster hands down. I have been blind
>>>>> since birth and thats all I ever knew was braille. It's like the
>>>>> sighted grew up with print. I wanted to learn the opticon at the
>>>>> rehab center but they would not let me because they said that I was
>>>>> not fast enough. I felt that I was learning and making progress and
>>>>> I should had the right to continue but they said no. If somone
>>>>> really wants to learn a new skil then they should beallowed to do
>>>>> so. If I am determind to learn somthing that then I will even
>>>>> though it might take more time then the teacher would like. I guess
>>>>> that modavation means nothing. If somone reallly wants to learn
>>>>> braille so what ifit takes several month to do so they should not be
>>>>> told no you can't continue. If companies had the equipment to
>>>>> produce braille they could charge me for the cost of the paper to
>>>>> get braille manuals or catalogs.

>>>>>> On 3/5/2020 9:26 PM, Dave wrote:
>>>>>> Hello Brian,


>>>>>> I have nothing against Braille other than the hassle it is to create
>>>>>> it, such as a Manual in Braille.


>>>>>> I've been blind for a long time now, and there were many times when I
>>>>>> would have Kissed the Feet of anyone who gave me a manual in Audio
>>>>>> format. many times have I had to just Wing it, learning by Guess and
>>>>>> by Golly. Once Computers became a Tool for the Blind, Guessing was
>>>>>> not always the best thing to do, as guessing wrong could ruin your
>>>>>> day in a Big way. Still can.


>>>>>> but, Brian, I have no Beef with Braille. To produce it is just
>>>>>> not an
>>>>>> easy task. And I would guess that most manufacturers of items for
>>>>>> the blind, may not want to hire another Staff member to do nothing
>>>>>> but print out Manuals in Braille.


>>>>>> Yes, it all sounds good, until the costs of doing such a thing is
>>>>>> considered.


>>>>>> These days, I do expect a Manual at least in a PDF format, if not an
>>>>>> Audio file. And if I own my own Braille Printer, I can then print
>>>>>> out the PDF file.


>>>>>> Although, I can't afford one of those printers, so I do without.


>>>>>> However, I could run the Audio file through an Audio to Text
>>>>>> converter, and then print that file out in Braille.


>>>>>> When I get nothing but an On Line Manual, where I need to go On Line
>>>>>> to read the thing. I am Thankful for at least that much, but I
>>>>>> always look to see if I can just download the manual so I don't need
>>>>>> to be going On Line so much.


>>>>>> Call it my personal Taste.


>>>>>> I would think most who are Blind have learned over and over again to
>>>>>> look for Work Arounds for doing many things in Life.


>>>>>> You like Braille, and while I do use it, I Hate it. So a Braille
>>>>>> Manual would be a waste of resources to send me one.


>>>>>> You Love it, and can use it well. So, when the Company doesn't send
>>>>>> a manual in Braille, but has sent you one in PDF, or even Audio, if
>>>>>> you want a manual in Braille, the Work around is to convert that
>>>>>> Audio or
>>>>>> PDF file into Braille. And if you are like me, and can't afford a
>>>>>> Braille Printer, there are Services that will take your Manual file
>>>>>> and make you a manual in Braille.


>>>>>> it may cost you a few dollars, which again is all part of the Life of
>>>>>> someone who is Blind. In the past, I have hired Readers to read
>>>>>> Manuals on Tape. Paid them $10 for every hour of Recorded material.


>>>>>> I've paid people to read my Mail. This was before smart Phones had
>>>>>> built in Cameras and OCR programs. I paid them $10 an hour too. this
>>>>>> was back in the 1980's and 90's.


>>>>>> I haven't had to hire anyone for about 20 years now


>>>>>> And Dare I bring up the Quality of Manuals? So often, regardless of
>>>>>> what Format it comes in, the information in the thing is totally Nuts!
>>>>>> It doesn't make Sense, and you can't tell if it is a Translation of
>>>>>> something in Chinese to English, or from Chinese to Spanish and then
>>>>>> Russian, and then to English etc.


>>>>>> And some manuals that come in English are so poorly written, lack
>>>>>> helpful information and seem to be missing a great deal of actual
>>>>>> instructional information and are next to useless in any format.


>>>>>> Grumpy Dave



















>> --
>> They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
>> They ask: "How Happy are You?"
>> I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"




> --
> Ann K. Parsons
> Portal Tutoring
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> <http://www.portaltutoring.info>
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> "All that is gold does not glitter,
> Not all those who wander are lost."




>

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
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Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
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"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."










--
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"


locked Re: warning if you doing business

Carolyn Arnold
 

Wow, your sister, of all people.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:01 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

Hey Caroline,

That made me laugh outloud, the first time in a few days, I
think.


I live alone, and my eldest sister still thinks I have
someone come and cook for me.
I tell her no, just to do the bathroom and floors. Yes, in
some things I am a little lazy.

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: March-08-20 3:23 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

As blind people, we have to be on guard to deflect
condescension and out-right bullying.

This morning a really nice lady at church asked me in the
nicest voice, "does your husband help dress you?" I can
think of a time, when I'd have been furious and might have
totally ignored the question. She tweaked my beads and said,
"you're always so color coordinated." Well, that is
something I want to be, but I just told her thanks, that he
does not, but is willing to answer any question I have about
if this will go with that.

The thing I have a hard time putting up with is, "do you
know who I am?" I think that is passive bullying. So the
last time someone asked me that, I laughed and countered,
"what kind of a question is that? Do you go around asking
people that?"

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:37 PM
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I always told by family members that I am dumb, stupid, and
incompetent. I had no self esteem. My family still thinks
that because I cannot see. I was always degraded by my
family. My aunt got hollered at by the Seeing Eye. She
cried and blamed me.
I did not tell her to degrade in front of them and answer
questions during my interview at the same time while I was
answering my questions. That was very awkward and
embarrassing.

Jan


locked Re: Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

Carolyn Arnold
 

Objectivity is called for here. In the 70's, a man asked me about his 12-year-old blind son - question, should we send him to the State School for the Blind, or public school?

I said, if he can sing, get in a glea club, play an instrument, get in the band, qualify to get on debate team - then, yes, public school. But if there was nothing he could do to connect him to sighted groups, then it could be wise to check into the State School to see if it was the fit. I never knew what they did, as he was a business acquaintance. Our agency did not choose his product that I evaluated.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:06 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

Hi Brian and list,

You bring up an issue concerning schools for the blind VS public school mainstreaming that is still a hot topic among the blind community and to a degree depending upon which state of the United States (don't know about foreign countries) you live in or come from.

When I was growing up, in New York state, they had just begun mainstreaming blind people into public schools. Depending upon whether or not you liked the schools for the blind or didn't, there was a constant battle the main arguments of which went something like this.

Pro blind school advocates: If you go to public schools, they will baby you and give you 'sympathy marks' and you won't ever learn the things you need to know and will become non functional and largely unsuccessful in your adult life.

Pro Public School advocates: If you remain in a specially structured school for the blind from K through twelve, you will never learn the social skills you need to interact with the sighted world and you will have a difficult time adapting to college and work environments where you are not going to have everything properly structured for a blind person.

In my case, I hated the schools for the blind because I hated the regimentation: bells that ushered you not only in and out of classes as is true in public schools, but bells that woke you up, bells that told you when to eat breakfast, bells that told you when to eat dinner, bells that told you when to study, bells that told you when to go to bed and so on. As a rapidly blinded twelve-year-old who had been virtually sighted and who had been thrust into that environment, I rebelled. None of my sighted friends who went to public school had to deal with this military-like regimentation and I felt put upon to have to deal with it.

However, there are friends of mine in the blind community who swore by the blind schools. They loved them and fifty plus years later still go to the alumni meetings on a yearly basis and still make the argument as to just how much better off they were by going to a blind school.

Now I only went to a blind school for a year and while I had my difficulties in public school, I never remember being given sympathy marks. Since I was told that by other blind people favorable to the blind school environment that this would be the case, I always checked by test results and homework results with other people to see if indeed I was given favoritism. I can honestly say that I never detected this. Moreover when I went to college, many of the tests were administered by school official who didn't even know me and after correction, I was given the printed test copies that had been filled out by the proctors and I had sighted people check my answers against the test results: still no evidence of sympathy marks.

Can I say that my experience is absolute proof that this never happened: of course not. All I know is my personal experience and that I was able to achieve high marks in public school and college on my own. Am I any more successful than the average blind person nor any worse if it comes to it:L absolutely not.

Just my two cents on the matter of public vs blind schools.



On 3/8/2020 11:52 AM, brian wrote:


If you have never tended a blind school then you will not know that whatwas like for those of us that spent our lives there. I was there from 1969-1985 but I hear that things are getting much better now. I have heard for years stories similar to mine of people from other states. The treatmentof blind students was very tipical of many blind schools acrost the country. They made it seem like the perfect invirment and at the time you would have thought so. There were few real chalenges and you were not pushed to excell. In fact my teachers told us that your program is structured so you can do it. They brought the program down to your leavel instead of bring you up to the level of the program. The sheltered us from the sighted world and did not expose us to it or teach us how to interact with it. Social skills were not tought nor were problem solving skills tought either. Blindness skills were the focus but even they could have done a better job of that. They sheltered us by not chalenging us and by not teaching us important valuable skills that we need to live in the sighted world. They did not prepear us for the sighted world or teach us how to live in it. We were not tought how to deal with situations that are not perfect as we thought they were at school. They would baby us and over pertect us just like are parents did. We were not tought that we would always have everything that we need in the way that we want it. I think that this helps to explain why blind people like me feel that have an intitled rite to have braille for everythingthat we need or want. For those who don't like it that I complain when I can't get braille manuals or catalogs sighted do the same if they can't get print. It's okay for them but not for us. They all don't have smart phones or computers so they just can't go line to read a manual. there is not one sise for all some people still need paper documents either blind or sighted. Why do the sighted get theirs but we can't? When you buy a product what is the first thing that you take out of the box? The print manual. They can open it up and read how to set it up and how to use it but we can't. We have the right to be able to do the same but we can't because they refuseto provide us with the document. If sighted have print provided to them then we should also have braille provided to us as well. I have heard sighted get just as upset as I do if they can't get a print manual on a new device that they don't know how to use. There alot of old school sighted people just as there are blind people who don't have all of this technology. For the sames reasons as for us. They can't aford it or they don't think that they need it or they just don't it. You don't hear people jumping all over sighted people if they complain about but if you are blind then then people do. Blind people do have same write to the writen word as the sighted but we are being denied that right. This is discrimination against the blind and is a major ada issue like it or not thats the truth. When my lions club bought me the sarareading machine for me they could not believe that there was a print manual in the boxbut no braille manual. they even this was wrong. They were all sighted. Even sighted people do agree with us that it's wrong not to provide braille manuals when there is a print one. I guess that some blindpeople think thats wrong but it is. Sighted people told me that they would be just as upset as I am if they had no print manual. Yesterday there was a discusion on my telaspace on the main board about blind schools then and now. I do learn better if I read braille than I do if I just listen and there are sighted people that are the same way. they learn better if they read printthan they do if they just watch a vidio. I have heard them tell me this. It's okey for them but not for me.
Brian Sackrider n 3/8/2020 8:15 AM, chris judge wrote:


Unfortunately stories like his are all too common. In Canada we have APSEA, The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority. They serve children with disabilities until they reach post-secondary age.

I was working with a young lady who was both blind and used a wheelchair. She was told by one of the teachers at APSEA that she would never succeed in University and that she was just wasting everyones time and money. The fact that she was twice as intelligent as he was didn’t seem to matter. He should have been fired on the spot for saying that to her. Today she is happily cruising through her third year at Carlton university in Ottawa, and I have every confidence in her that she will obtain that law degree she seeks.



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io> <main@TechTalk.groups.io> <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: March 7, 2020 9:50 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business



Hi Gene,

I read Brian's heartfelt response just before I read your response to Ann. Now we can only go by what Brian is saying and as with everyone else, I wasn't there when all these things were done to him. Assuming that what he says is largely true, his situation seems to be more and more prevalent with blind people.

For example, I know a woman whose teachers determined that she was learning disabled when she was about five years old. From that time on, she was always told that she couldn't do this or couldn't do that and so on. To add to this, her parents were over protective and added to the issue. By the time I met her, she had become some what resigned to the fact that she couldn't do a lot of things--and in particular, she couldn't use a computer with the same ability of a normal blind person. After working with her for about six months, I was able to teacher a significant amount. I don't think she had any real learning disability. She was just conditioned to accept less someone else said about her true potential.

I knew another man who was diagnosed as profoundly mentally disabled. When I first met him, he was working in a sheltered workshop. Just talking to him, I did not think that he was in any form mentally challenged. So just on a whim, I started teaching him basic computer skills. He took to it like the proverbial duck to water. He now runs a number of distribution lists and is a member of the JAWS public beta team and the NVDA devlopment team.

So much for expert diagnosis of 'the blind.'



On 3/7/2020 6:33 PM, Gene wrote:

It is far more useful to discuss possible ways of improving the situation rather than, and I'm sorry if you object, labeling someone with no real diagnostic work. If you label someone by saying he or she has different learning styles, what does that do? It implies that the rest of us who don't can do nothing to hhelp. And you are medicalizing a problem that may simply be largely someone rushing when he becomes emotionally involved in a discussion. I've seen many messages from Brian and I've seen many much better written ones. I simply do not believe you can diagnose some sort of problem by reading some e-mails, especially when more plausible explanations exist based on the number of much better written messages I've seen. I am trying to help by discussing the matter and not ;labeling or diagnosing. I'm using what I have observed. You are defending, labeling, and medicalizing a problem when there are other just as plausible or more plausible explanations.



Ours is an age of medicalizing everything. If you rush to medicalize, you take attempts to help out of the hands of us mere mortals. it must be done by specialists. If I were convinced that there were some medical problem in this case, I might defer to the specialists. You haven't even begun to prove your contention.



I'm sorry if you are offended and don't like what I've written. I'm not serving anyone if I don't honestly write what I think.



Brian has sent a message saying that people on lists have told him to use a spell checker and asking about where to get one. That indicates that Brian wants to improve. I'm willing to help and I think a lot of others are as well. and I think you are as well.



I believe that in a situation like this, you try to help by trying to solve problems in a practical way. One way is to find out what e-mail prohgram Brian is using. We can proceed from there.



Gene

----- Original Message -----

From: Ann Parsons <mailto:akp@...>

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 3:35 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business



Hi all,

No, I am not making unsupported statements. First, after being a tutor
to both sighted and blind students in English and in Social Studies,
as well as in braille and adaptive computers, since 1978, I'm well
acquainted with the signs of writing by persons who have learning
differences. They are similar to the ways people who are DeafBlind
write, so I wasn't sure which we're dealing with. Hmmm, let me see,
1978 was forty-two years ago now. Good Lord, that's a lot of
experience! I'm still tutoring.

Although he may be rushing to write his responses, his writing has been
consistent during the time I've observed him on various lists. This is
not a single occurrance.

As for the coasting, he admits it himself in his message. He said that
his teachers never told him his writing was less than adequate. That,
Gene, my friend, is the behavior of teachers who allow PWD to coast
through school.

If you want to check out my creds, you can look at my web site below.
On there is a link called Instructor. Have a look.

Ann P.




Original message:
> You are making unsupported statements. How do you know Brian has
> learning differences? How do you know he was coasted through school?
> I'll offer an alternative explanation. I'm not saying either are
> correct nor am I saying which one may or may not account for observed
> phenomena better. But how do you know that some or many of these errors
> are not the result of someone feeling strongly about something and
> rushing to get the message written as quickly as possible? If Brian is
> typing far above the speed at which he types more accurately, that may
> result in some of what is observed. And, since I've seen messages from
> Brian that don't have all these mistakes, I'll consider my theory to be
> a possibly better explanation, since I don't know Brian's background
> and I think it is absurd to infer some sort of learning differences
> based on a few e-mails.
> But none of this, learning differences, spelling difficulties, a rush
> to type as quickly as you can to get your message out as fast as
> possible, none of these possibilities precludes the use of a spell checker.
> To this point, I have been writing as a list member. I am now writing
> as the list owner.
> This discussion has been very interesting and we know more about each
> other than we did, thus helping build community on the list. But if the
> discussion becomes mostly one of how messages are written, I'll close
> it. I realize that you and a few others may want to respond to what I
> and others have said but this part of the discussion shouldn't continue
> for more than a few more messages.
> Now, I'm writing as a list member again.
> Brian, I would think it may be uncomfortable seeing your writing
> critiqued. But keep these things in mind and you may find the
> experience useful:
> My view is that if I expect someone to spend the time reading my
> messages and thinking about them, I have a certain responsibility to
> make them reasonably readable. In your case, many people probably have
> to stop to review phrases where words are written together without
> spaces. Because I've seen messages from you that are much better
> written, it appears to me that if you get emotional about a subject,
> you rush to write what you want as quickly as you can. the result is
> errors that make your messages difficult to read, such as words written
> together with no spaces.
> As to spelling, in general I would just let that go. But when you call
> a whole class of people illiterate, then don't use a spellchecker and
> have misspelled wordafter misspelled word, then, like it or not, you
> become part of the discussion. Like it or not, literacy is partly
> sending a message without perhaps thirty or forty or more misspelled
> words. And nothing precludes you from using a spellchecker. As I said,
> in general I wouldn't comment on spelling, but it is inevitable that at
> least a few people will when you accuse people of being illiterate and
> don't use a spell checker, resulting in a great many misspellings. It's
> as though I attended a cooking contest, made a speech before the event
> in which I said that with frozen dinners, no one knows how to cook
> anymore, then I burned the soup and my main dish.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ann Parsons <mailto:akp@...>
> Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 6:27 AM
> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io> <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business
> Hi all,

> I could write a long rant about how I am treated when I correct
> people's spelling publicly. I have been called harsh and arrogant and
> more. I won't do that because it would be counter-productive. I will
> say, however, that taking advantage of someone who has made a public
> mistake is, I feel, cruel. it demeans those who perpetuate such crimes.

> If you wish to correct Brian's writing, you might do so privately,
> thereby giving him the dignity he deserves. It isn't his fault that he
> was coasted through school. It isn't his fault that he may not have a
> braille display or possess hard copy braille so that he could improve
> his writing.

> If you want to help, take it off-list! Truly be of service and not
> part of the problem.

> Ann P.


> Original message:
>> Now Brian,

>> I don't want to personalize this, but you say you're a good
>> Braille reader now: correct? You say that people who use audio
>> primarily aren't truly literate and you can tell by the way they write
>> e-mails: is that what you're saying? Well let me be your teacher and
>> quote and correct your own mistakes that you have made in your lengthy
>> reply.

>> <spelling error> aAmen(I guess you are trying to say Amen to that or
>> something similar--note the repetition of the first letter A.)

>> <grammatical clumsiness> if you don't braille than you are not truly
>> literate. (I guess you mean: if you don't know/use/are competent in,
>> Braille then you are not truly literate.)

>> <run on sentence> If you doubt this then read emails from blind people
>> who don't know braille there spelling and (There should be a period
>> after the word Braille.)

>> <spelling error> gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. (In
>> this sentence grammar and a lot are misspelled.)

>> <run on sentence> I have been there myself if I don't read then I to
>> will fall in to trap as well. (There should be a period after the word
>> myself.)

>> If you truly want to be literate then you just have
>> <spelling error> toread and not just listen to audio. (there is a run
>> on word toread that should be separated into 'to read.')
>> Those of us who do prefer braille and would rather read than listen
>> have only audio as the option all to often. For me if I want to stay
>> literate then I have to read braille and as I said in my email to Grumpy
>> Dave I can't
>> <spelling error> amagine my life with out braille. (I guess you mean
>> 'imagine my life without Braille.)

>> <wrong use of the word loose> I have had braille most of my life and I
>> would loose independence (I guess you mean lose independence.)

>> <spelling error> ifI were to not know braille. (You ran the words If
>> and I together.)

>> Reading braille is active reading but listening to audio or computer
>> speech is just passive reading.

>> I prefer to <spelling error> activly read but most of the time I can't
>> because it's audio only. (You misspelled actively.)

>> <spelling errors and a run on sentence> I do rember haveing to cary
>> volumes of braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never
>> gave it a though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me
>> at all. (You misspelled remember, having, across and probably mean the
>> word had when you wrote hav. And I almost forgot, you used the word
>> though instead of thought.) (There should be a period after the word
>> thought.)

>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>> could have
>> <spelling error> donee much better if I had braille. (You misspelled
>> the word done.)

>> <spelling errors> I had tapes from recording forthe blind but I had
>> issues with the readers with pronouncations. (you ran the words for
>> and the together. You misspelled pronunciation.)

>> I remember taking test and what I heard during the test sounded nothing
>> like what I heard on the tapes.

>> If I would have had my books in braille I would have known the correct
>> words and the tests would have made <spelling error> sinse. (You
>> misspelled the word sense.)

>> <spelling error> If yur going to read on tape then you must be able to
>> speak properly and say your words properly. (You misspelled the word
>> you're--or at least I think that's what you meant by writing the word yur.)

>> <grammatical oddity> There was the issue of only tape at a time and
>> having to send 2 copies of every book to recording for the blind to be
>> recorded. (I'm not quite sure, but I think you meant 'only one tape at
>> a time.)

>> <spelling error> Audio is usless if I don't know what you are saying.
>> (You misspelled useless.)

>> This is why we need braille. Braille readers don't make a big deal of
>> how many volumes a book is it just is.


>> LONG STORY SHORT: BRIAN, YOU ARE A POOR EXAMPLE OF THE IDEA THAT BRAILLE
>> READERS WRITE COHERENT AND GRAMATICALLY CORRECT E-MAIL MESSAGES.
>> On 3/6/2020 3:01 PM, brian wrote:
>>> aAmen if you don't braille than you are not truly literate. If you
>>> doubt this then read emails from blind people who don't know braille
>>> there spelling and gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. I
>>> have been there myself if I don't read then I to will fall in to trap
>>> as well. If you truly want to be literate then you just have toread
>>> and not just listen to audio. Those of us who do prefer braille and
>>> would rather read than listen have only audio as the option all to
>>> often. For me if I want to stay literate then I have to read braille
>>> and as I said in my email to Grumpy Dave I can't amagine my life with
>>> out braille. I have had braille most of my life and I would loose
>>> independence ifI were to not know braille. Reading braille is active
>>> reading but listening to audio or computer speech is just passive
>>> reading. I prefer to activly read but most of the time I can't
>>> because it's audio only. I do rember haveing to cary volumes of
>>> braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never gave it a
>>> though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me at all.
>>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>>> could have donee much better if I had braille. I had tapes from
>>> recording forthe blind but I had issues with the readers with
>>> pronouncations. I remember taking test and what I heard during the
>>> test sounded nothing like what I heard on the tapes. If I would have
>>> had my books in braille I would have known the correct words and the
>>> tests would have made sinse. If yur going to read on tape then you
>>> must be able to speak properly and say your words properly. There was
>>> the issue of only tape at a time and having to send 2 copies of every
>>> book to recording for the blind to be recorded. Audio is usless if I
>>> don't know what you are saying. This is why we need braille. Braille
>>> readers don't make a big deal of how many volumes a book is it just is.

>>> Brian Sackrider

>>> On 3/6/2020 7:26 AM, chris judge wrote:
>>>> This is true. There is a huge difference between not learning braille
>>>> if you've lost your site later in life. The unfortunate fact is that
>>>> even people who are blind since birth are not learning braille at the
>>>> rate they were when I was a kid 50 years ago. If you are blind since
>>>> birth and you don't learn braille you miss out on basic literacy. How
>>>> do you learn proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and such if you
>>>> don't learn braile. If you have had site you already understand these
>>>> things so knowing braille isn't as paramount.

>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io> <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
>>>> <main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io> <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>> On Behalf Of
>>>> Victor
>>>> Sent: March 6, 2020 12:42 AM
>>>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io> <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

>>>> Hello everyone:

>>>> I would like to point out that many blind people lose their eyesight
>>>> later in life and they find it too difficult to learn braille. It is
>>>> much easier for them to access information by listening to audio.
>>>> It’s hard enough for them to get over losing their eyesight and live
>>>> without seeing their loved ones or other things ever again. The last
>>>> thing they want is to learn a new skill that they may find just too
>>>> difficult.

>>>> After obtaining my iPhone, I attended a users group where are the
>>>> people taught each other to use iOS devices. While at the group one
>>>> day, one of the group leaders brought a focus 40 refreshable braille
>>>> display for everyone to examine. I was the only blind person in the
>>>> room interested in touching the device because I knew braille and I
>>>> owned a previous generation of that device. It was not discussed, but
>>>> I knew that they were not interested because most of them had lost
>>>> their eyesight later in life. I suspect that they found it much
>>>> easier to listen to audio than reading braille. Plus, most of them
>>>> had learned how to access information using their iPhones. I’m sure
>>>> they found it much easier to whip out their iPhones and listen to
>>>> their books, podcasts, scan documents and do everything else we can
>>>> do with our iPhones. I realize that not everyone owns a smart phone
>>>> because they have not found a way to obtain one. I also realize that
>>>> not everyone is into these types of gadgets. However, many blind
>>>> people have discovered how great these gadgets are and how useful
>>>> they can be in helping them become more independent. For many of us,
>>>> that is the route we have chosen.

>>>> In any case, don’t be too surprised if you meet a blind person who is
>>>> not interested in learning braille. Don’t be too hard on those
>>>> people. Maybe they just prefer to do what is easier.

>>>> I am so glad that refreshable braille displays exist now. I am also
>>>> glad that low cost refreshable braille displays are being developed.
>>>> I definitely don’t miss the days of carrying bulky braille books to
>>>> and from my classes. I do not miss the days of trying to look up
>>>> words in the dictionary and dealing with a whole bookshelf of braille
>>>> books. No thank you! I do not miss my five volume braille New Testament.

>>>> If I did not already on a refreshable braille display, I would
>>>> definitely look into obtaining the orbit braille reader or the
>>>> braille me.


>>>> Anyhow, these are just my rambling opinions.

>>>> Victor Sent from my iPhone

>>>>> On Mar 5, 2020, at 7:40 PM, brian <bsackrider55@... <mailto:bsackrider55@...>
>>>>> <mailto:bsackrider55@...>> wrote:

>>>>>  Thanks Grumpy Dave for your explination. I would be willing to
>>>>> pay a few dollars to get braille. I am not saying that I should get
>>>>> for free but not to have the option is my complaint. My local
>>>>> liberary use to provide braille for 10 cents per page. I was also
>>>>> told that if I provided the paper they would braille what I wanted.
>>>>> They required 67 weight paper which I can get at Staples. All to
>>>>> often we are forced to except only audio as the only format that is
>>>>> available. Braille will always be my prefered format because I
>>>>> prefer to read for myself instead of just listen. You say that you
>>>>> hate braille but you can use it well I feel the same about audio.
>>>>> Why do we have to be locked in to just one format? How many people
>>>>> would rather read than listen? Blind or sighted. People who prefer
>>>>> to read than should be commended instead of being kind of bashed for
>>>>> it. If not many blind people request braille than it should be no
>>>>> trouble to provide it. Braille is not that dificult to produce once
>>>>> you have the equipment. my liberary had no trouble all they needed
>>>>> was files in microsoft word and the paper and they were good to go.
>>>>> I use to get my weekly meterials for my church all in grade 2
>>>>> braille. It was really great to finally be an active participant in
>>>>> the service instead just a pasive listener. To be able to read
>>>>> along with everyone else the verses and hyms and classes lessons is
>>>>> a great feeling you just can't discribe the independence that it
>>>>> givesyou. It's kind of like having access to dvs you can finally
>>>>> know what is going on when there is all of that dead air. I was
>>>>> able to read infront of the church and be active in bible study and
>>>>> even lead the groop all using braille. I do use braille menus when
>>>>> ever possible even if I don't really need it just to let them see
>>>>> that somone is acually using it. Braille has given me a very full
>>>>> life and I don't know whear my life would be with out braille. I
>>>>> feel that every blind person who is able to read braille should
>>>>> learn it. I do understand that there are blind people who have
>>>>> medical conditions that prevents them from being able to read
>>>>> braille. For them they have no choice but to use audio but I do
>>>>> have the choice I just don't like being limited to just audio only
>>>>> and not braille. You hate braille and I hate audio. a good example
>>>>> of when I wish that I had braille instead of a file was when I
>>>>> requested my local newspaper to be accessable. my lions club
>>>>> purchassed a sara reading machine for me there was no braille manual
>>>>> but there was a print manual. I had to go to the help file on the
>>>>> machine and try to find what I wanted. When I called the paper
>>>>> office they asked what files my machine could read. If I had a
>>>>> braille manual I could have just looked it up while on the phone and
>>>>> gave them the answer. I had to call back after I went to the help
>>>>> file and found it. This is very time concuming I can look up
>>>>> somthing much faster in braille than any other format. I am not
>>>>> saying that I can do it as quick as a sighted person can with print
>>>>> but for me it's the fastest way for me to get the job done. When I
>>>>> was a kid I attended the Michigan school the blind in Lansing and we
>>>>> had to learn braille and all of our books were in braille. There
>>>>> was no I don't want to learn it you had to. I will say that I can
>>>>> certainly listen much faster than I can read but when it comes to
>>>>> looking up somthing braille is faster hands down. I have been blind
>>>>> since birth and thats all I ever knew was braille. It's like the
>>>>> sighted grew up with print. I wanted to learn the opticon at the
>>>>> rehab center but they would not let me because they said that I was
>>>>> not fast enough. I felt that I was learning and making progress and
>>>>> I should had the right to continue but they said no. If somone
>>>>> really wants to learn a new skil then they should beallowed to do
>>>>> so. If I am determind to learn somthing that then I will even
>>>>> though it might take more time then the teacher would like. I guess
>>>>> that modavation means nothing. If somone reallly wants to learn
>>>>> braille so what ifit takes several month to do so they should not be
>>>>> told no you can't continue. If companies had the equipment to
>>>>> produce braille they could charge me for the cost of the paper to
>>>>> get braille manuals or catalogs.

>>>>>> On 3/5/2020 9:26 PM, Dave wrote:
>>>>>> Hello Brian,


>>>>>> I have nothing against Braille other than the hassle it is to create
>>>>>> it, such as a Manual in Braille.


>>>>>> I've been blind for a long time now, and there were many times when I
>>>>>> would have Kissed the Feet of anyone who gave me a manual in Audio
>>>>>> format. many times have I had to just Wing it, learning by Guess and
>>>>>> by Golly. Once Computers became a Tool for the Blind, Guessing was
>>>>>> not always the best thing to do, as guessing wrong could ruin your
>>>>>> day in a Big way. Still can.


>>>>>> but, Brian, I have no Beef with Braille. To produce it is just
>>>>>> not an
>>>>>> easy task. And I would guess that most manufacturers of items for
>>>>>> the blind, may not want to hire another Staff member to do nothing
>>>>>> but print out Manuals in Braille.


>>>>>> Yes, it all sounds good, until the costs of doing such a thing is
>>>>>> considered.


>>>>>> These days, I do expect a Manual at least in a PDF format, if not an
>>>>>> Audio file. And if I own my own Braille Printer, I can then print
>>>>>> out the PDF file.


>>>>>> Although, I can't afford one of those printers, so I do without.


>>>>>> However, I could run the Audio file through an Audio to Text
>>>>>> converter, and then print that file out in Braille.


>>>>>> When I get nothing but an On Line Manual, where I need to go On Line
>>>>>> to read the thing. I am Thankful for at least that much, but I
>>>>>> always look to see if I can just download the manual so I don't need
>>>>>> to be going On Line so much.


>>>>>> Call it my personal Taste.


>>>>>> I would think most who are Blind have learned over and over again to
>>>>>> look for Work Arounds for doing many things in Life.


>>>>>> You like Braille, and while I do use it, I Hate it. So a Braille
>>>>>> Manual would be a waste of resources to send me one.


>>>>>> You Love it, and can use it well. So, when the Company doesn't send
>>>>>> a manual in Braille, but has sent you one in PDF, or even Audio, if
>>>>>> you want a manual in Braille, the Work around is to convert that
>>>>>> Audio or
>>>>>> PDF file into Braille. And if you are like me, and can't afford a
>>>>>> Braille Printer, there are Services that will take your Manual file
>>>>>> and make you a manual in Braille.


>>>>>> it may cost you a few dollars, which again is all part of the Life of
>>>>>> someone who is Blind. In the past, I have hired Readers to read
>>>>>> Manuals on Tape. Paid them $10 for every hour of Recorded material.


>>>>>> I've paid people to read my Mail. This was before smart Phones had
>>>>>> built in Cameras and OCR programs. I paid them $10 an hour too. this
>>>>>> was back in the 1980's and 90's.


>>>>>> I haven't had to hire anyone for about 20 years now


>>>>>> And Dare I bring up the Quality of Manuals? So often, regardless of
>>>>>> what Format it comes in, the information in the thing is totally Nuts!
>>>>>> It doesn't make Sense, and you can't tell if it is a Translation of
>>>>>> something in Chinese to English, or from Chinese to Spanish and then
>>>>>> Russian, and then to English etc.


>>>>>> And some manuals that come in English are so poorly written, lack
>>>>>> helpful information and seem to be missing a great deal of actual
>>>>>> instructional information and are next to useless in any format.


>>>>>> Grumpy Dave



















>> --
>> They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
>> They ask: "How Happy are You?"
>> I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"




> --
> Ann K. Parsons
> Portal Tutoring
> EMAIL: akp@... <mailto:akp@...> <mailto:akp@...>
> Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
> <http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/>
> Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
> <http://www.portaltutoring.info>
> Skype: Putertutor

> "All that is gold does not glitter,
> Not all those who wander are lost."




>

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL: akp@... <mailto:akp@...>
Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."








--
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"


--
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"


Re: How do you convert a html file to text?

Carolyn Arnold
 

Jan, if you are in Outlook:

1. Open Outlook.
2. Press Alt+F+T+M.
3. Tab probably three times, and there you have your options
- rich text, plain text, HTML. Arrow to your choice.
4. Shift+Tab to OK. If you Shift+Tab, you'll go about five
times, but if you Tab to OK, it will be more like 55 times.

HTH.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of jan howells
via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:26 PM
To: Technology For the blind <blindtech@groups.io>; Tech
Talk <main@techtalk.groups.io>; Talk With the blind
<blind-talk@groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] How do you convert a html file to text?

Hello,

What is the procedure for converting a html file into a text
file? Please let me know if you know how to do it. Thank
you very very much.

Jan


Any special trick to reading braille books on BrailleNote Apex

Steven Johnson
 

I just got my new-to-me BrailleNote Apex back from HumanWare repair, and I would like to read an electronic braille book from BARD on it.  I have it authorized, and I can read BARD audiobooks just fine, but I can’t get the BrailleNote to let me even see the braille book that I downloaded in the Keybook app.  I unzipped the book on to my thumb drive just like the audiobooks, but no luck.  Any tips?


locked Re: Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

Marie <magpie.mn@...>
 

Well don’t feel bad because my sister with a college degree can’t manage her money worth a darn!
Marie
 
 

From: Mich Verrier
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:11 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world
 

Hi I hve not been following this thred all the way though how ever from beaing in a blind school my self from grade 7 untill grade 12 from 1997 untill 2003 I can say that some of the thingsthat we where not taught were thingslike budgitting. To this day math and money are one of my hardest topics and things to grasp. I was never taught budgitting or how to manage money. That is a life skill that the school for the blind that I whent to didn’t teach me. From Mich.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of brian
Sent: March 8, 2020 11:52 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

 

If you have never tended a blind school then you will not know that whatwas like for those of us that spent our lives there.   I was there from 1969-1985 but I hear that things are getting much better now.  I have heard for years stories similar to mine of people from other states.  The treatmentof blind students was very tipical of many blind schools acrost the country.  They made it seem like the perfect invirment and at the time you would have thought so.  There were few real chalenges and you were not pushed to excell.  In fact my teachers told us that your program is structured so you can do it.  They brought the program down to your leavel instead of bring you up to the level of the program.  The sheltered us from the sighted world and did not expose us to it or teach us how to interact with it.  Social skills were not tought nor were problem solving skills tought either.  Blindness skills were the focus but even they could have done a better job of that.  They sheltered us by not chalenging us and by not teaching us important valuable skills that we need to live in the sighted world.  They did not prepear us for the sighted world or teach us how to live in it.  We were not tought how to deal with situations that are not perfect as we thought they were at school.  They would baby us and over pertect us just like are parents did.  We were not tought that we would always have everything that we need in the way that we want it.  I think that this helps to explain why blind people like me feel that have an intitled rite to have braille for everythingthat we need or want.  For those who don't like it that I complain when I can't get braille manuals or catalogs sighted do the same if they can't get print.  It's okay for them but not for us.  They all don't have smart phones or computers so they just can't go line to read a manual.  there is not one sise for all some people still need paper documents either blind or sighted.  Why do the sighted get theirs but we can't?  When you buy a product what is the first thing that you take out of the box?  The print manual.  They can open it up and read how to set it up and how to use it but we can't.  We have the right to be able to do the same but we can't because they refuseto provide us with the document.  If sighted have print provided to them then we should also have braille provided to us as well.   I have heard sighted get just as upset as I do if they can't get a print manual on a new device that they don't know how to use.  There alot of old school sighted people just as there are blind people who don't have all of this technology.  For the sames reasons as for us.  They can't aford it or they don't think that they need it or they just don't it.  You don't hear people jumping all over sighted people if they complain about but if you are blind then then people do.  Blind people do have same write to the writen word as the sighted but we are being denied that right.  This is discrimination against the blind and is a major ada issue like it or not thats the truth.  When my lions club bought me the sarareading machine for me they could not believe that there was a print manual in the boxbut no braille manual.  they even this was wrong.  They were all sighted.  Even sighted people do agree with us that it's wrong not to provide braille manuals when there is a print one.  I guess that some blindpeople think thats wrong but it is.  Sighted people told me that they would be just as upset as I am if they had no print manual.  Yesterday there was a discusion on my telaspace on the main board about blind schools then and now. I do learn better if I read braille than I do if I just listen and there are sighted people that are the same way.  they learn better if they read printthan they do if they just watch a vidio.  I have heard them tell me this. It's okey for them but not for me.

Brian Sackrider                  n 3/8/2020 8:15 AM, chris judge wrote:

Unfortunately stories like his are all too common. In Canada we have APSEA, The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority. They serve children with disabilities until they reach post-secondary age.

I was working with a young lady who was both blind and used a wheelchair. She was told by one of the teachers at APSEA that she would never succeed in University and that she was just wasting everyones time and money. The fact that she was twice as intelligent as he was didn’t seem to matter. He should have been fired on the spot for saying that to her. Today she is happily cruising through her third year at Carlton university in Ottawa, and I have every confidence in her that she will obtain that law degree she seeks.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: March 7, 2020 9:50 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

 

Hi Gene,

I read Brian's heartfelt response just before I read your response to Ann.  Now we can only go by what Brian is saying and as with everyone else, I wasn't there when all these things were done to him.  Assuming that what he says is largely true, his situation seems to be more and more prevalent with blind people. 

For example, I know a woman whose teachers determined that she was learning disabled when she was about five years old. From that time on, she was always told that she couldn't do this or couldn't do that and so on.  To add to this, her parents were over protective and added to the issue.  By the time I met her, she had become some what resigned to the fact that she couldn't do a lot of things--and in particular, she couldn't use a computer with the same ability of a normal blind person. After working with her for about six months, I was able to teacher a significant amount.  I don't think she had any real learning disability.  She was just conditioned to accept less someone else said about her true potential.

I knew another man who was diagnosed as profoundly mentally disabled.  When I first met him, he was working in a sheltered workshop. Just talking to him, I did not think that he was in any form mentally challenged. So just on a whim, I started teaching him basic computer skills.  He took to it like the proverbial duck to water.  He now runs a number of distribution lists and is a member of the JAWS public beta team and the NVDA devlopment team.

So much for expert diagnosis of 'the blind.'


On 3/7/2020 6:33 PM, Gene wrote:

It is far more useful to discuss possible ways of improving the situation rather than, and I'm sorry if you object, labeling someone with no real diagnostic work.  If you label someone by saying he or she has different learning styles, what does that do?  It implies that the rest of us who don't can do nothing to hhelp.  And you are medicalizing a problem that may simply be largely someone rushing when he becomes emotionally involved in a discussion.  I've seen many messages from Brian and I've seen many much better written ones.  I simply do not believe you can diagnose some sort of problem by reading some e-mails, especially when more plausible explanations exist based on the number of much better written messages I've seen.  I am trying to help by discussing the matter and not ;labeling or diagnosing.  I'm using what I have observed.  You are defending, labeling, and medicalizing a problem when there are other just as plausible or more plausible explanations. 

 

Ours is an age of medicalizing everything.  If you rush to medicalize, you take attempts to help out of the hands of us mere mortals.  it must be done by specialists.  If I were convinced that there were some medical problem in this case, I might defer to the specialists.  You haven't even begun to prove your contention. 

 

I'm sorry if you are offended and don't like what I've written.  I'm not serving anyone if I don't honestly write what I think.

 

Brian has sent a message saying that people on lists have told him to use a spell checker and asking about where to get one.  That indicates that Brian wants to improve.  I'm willing to help and I think a lot of others are as well.  and I think you are as well.

 

I believe that in a situation like this, you try to help by trying to solve problems in a practical way.  One way is to find out what e-mail prohgram Brian is using.  We can proceed from there. 

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

From: Ann Parsons

Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 3:35 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

 

Hi all,

No, I am not making unsupported statements.  First, after being a tutor
to both sighted and blind students  in English and in Social Studies,
as well as in braille and adaptive computers,  since 1978, I'm well
acquainted with the signs of writing by persons who have learning
differences.  They are similar to the ways people who are DeafBlind
write, so I wasn't sure which we're dealing with.  Hmmm, let me see,
1978 was forty-two years ago now.  Good Lord, that's a lot of
experience!  I'm still tutoring.

Although he may be rushing to write his responses, his writing has been
consistent during the time I've observed him on various lists.  This is
not a single occurrance.

As for the coasting, he admits it himself in his message.  He said that
his teachers never told him his writing was less than adequate.   That,
Gene, my friend, is the behavior of teachers who allow PWD to coast
through school.

If you want to check out my creds, you can look at my web site below. 
On there is a link called Instructor.  Have a look.

Ann P.




Original message:
> You are making unsupported statements. How do you know Brian has
> learning differences? How do you know he was coasted through school?
> I'll offer an alternative explanation. I'm not saying either are
> correct nor am I saying which one may or may not account for observed
> phenomena better. But how do you know that some or many of these errors
> are not the result of someone feeling strongly about something and
> rushing to get the message written as quickly as possible? If Brian is
> typing far above the speed at which he types more accurately, that may
> result in some of what is observed. And, since I've seen messages from
> Brian that don't have all these mistakes, I'll consider my theory to be
> a possibly better explanation, since I don't know Brian's background
> and I think it is absurd to infer some sort of learning differences
> based on a few e-mails.
> But none of this, learning differences, spelling difficulties, a rush
> to type as quickly as you can to get your message out as fast as
> possible, none of these possibilities precludes the use of a spell checker.
> To this point, I have been writing as a list member. I am now writing
> as the list owner.
> This discussion has been very interesting and we know more about each
> other than we did, thus helping build community on the list. But if the
> discussion becomes mostly one of how messages are written, I'll close
> it. I realize that you and a few others may want to respond to what I
> and others have said but this part of the discussion shouldn't continue
> for more than a few more messages.
> Now, I'm writing as a list member again.
> Brian, I would think it may be uncomfortable seeing your writing
> critiqued. But keep these things in mind and you may find the
> experience useful:
> My view is that if I expect someone to spend the time reading my
> messages and thinking about them, I have a certain responsibility to
> make them reasonably readable. In your case, many people probably have
> to stop to review phrases where words are written together without
> spaces. Because I've seen messages from you that are much better
> written, it appears to me that if you get emotional about a subject,
> you rush to write what you want as quickly as you can. the result is
> errors that make your messages difficult to read, such as words written
> together with no spaces.
> As to spelling, in general I would just let that go. But when you call
> a whole class of people illiterate, then don't use a spellchecker and
> have misspelled wordafter misspelled word, then, like it or not, you
> become part of the discussion. Like it or not, literacy is partly
> sending a message without perhaps thirty or forty or more misspelled
> words. And nothing precludes you from using a spellchecker. As I said,
> in general I wouldn't comment on spelling, but it is inevitable that at
> least a few people will when you accuse people of being illiterate and
> don't use a spell checker, resulting in a great many misspellings. It's
> as though I attended a cooking contest, made a speech before the event
> in which I said that with frozen dinners, no one knows how to cook
> anymore, then I burned the soup and my main dish.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ann Parsons <mailto:akp@...>
> Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 6:27 AM
> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business
> Hi all,

> I could write a long rant about how I am treated when I correct
> people's spelling publicly. I have been called harsh and arrogant and
> more. I won't do that because it would be counter-productive. I will
> say, however, that taking advantage of someone who has made a public
> mistake is, I feel, cruel. it demeans those who perpetuate such crimes.

> If you wish to correct Brian's writing, you might do so privately,
> thereby giving him the dignity he deserves. It isn't his fault that he
> was coasted through school. It isn't his fault that he may not have a
> braille display or possess hard copy braille so that he could improve
> his writing.

> If you want to help, take it off-list! Truly be of service and not
> part of the problem.

> Ann P.


> Original message:
>> Now Brian,

>> I don't want to personalize this, but you say you're a good
>> Braille reader now: correct? You say that people who use audio
>> primarily aren't truly literate and you can tell by the way they write
>> e-mails: is that what you're saying? Well let me be your teacher and
>> quote and correct your own mistakes that you have made in your lengthy
>> reply.

>> <spelling error> aAmen(I guess you are trying to say Amen to that or
>> something similar--note the repetition of the first letter A.)

>> <grammatical clumsiness> if you don't braille than you are not truly
>> literate. (I guess you mean: if you don't know/use/are competent in,
>> Braille then you are not truly literate.)

>> <run on sentence> If you doubt this then read emails from blind people
>> who don't know braille there spelling and (There should be a period
>> after the word Braille.)

>> <spelling error> gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. (In
>> this sentence grammar and a lot are misspelled.)

>> <run on sentence> I have been there myself if I don't read then I to
>> will fall in to trap as well. (There should be a period after the word
>> myself.)

>> If you truly want to be literate then you just have
>> <spelling error> toread and not just listen to audio. (there is a run
>> on word toread that should be separated into 'to read.')
>> Those of us who do prefer braille and would rather read than listen
>> have only audio as the option all to often. For me if I want to stay
>> literate then I have to read braille and as I said in my email to Grumpy
>> Dave I can't
>> <spelling error> amagine my life with out braille. (I guess you mean
>> 'imagine my life without Braille.)

>> <wrong use of the word loose> I have had braille most of my life and I
>> would loose independence (I guess you mean lose independence.)

>> <spelling error> ifI were to not know braille. (You ran the words If
>> and I together.)

>> Reading braille is active reading but listening to audio or computer
>> speech is just passive reading.

>> I prefer to <spelling error> activly read but most of the time I can't
>> because it's audio only. (You misspelled actively.)

>> <spelling errors and a run on sentence> I do rember haveing to cary
>> volumes of braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never
>> gave it a though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me
>> at all. (You misspelled remember, having, across and probably mean the
>> word had when you wrote hav. And I almost forgot, you used the word
>> though instead of thought.) (There should be a period after the word
>> thought.)

>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>> could have
>> <spelling error> donee much better if I had braille. (You misspelled
>> the word done.)

>> <spelling errors> I had tapes from recording forthe blind but I had
>> issues with the readers with pronouncations. (you ran the words for
>> and the together. You misspelled pronunciation.)

>> I remember taking test and what I heard during the test sounded nothing
>> like what I heard on the tapes.

>> If I would have had my books in braille I would have known the correct
>> words and the tests would have made <spelling error> sinse. (You
>> misspelled the word sense.)

>> <spelling error> If yur going to read on tape then you must be able to
>> speak properly and say your words properly. (You misspelled the word
>> you're--or at least I think that's what you meant by writing the word yur.)

>> <grammatical oddity> There was the issue of only tape at a time and
>> having to send 2 copies of every book to recording for the blind to be
>> recorded. (I'm not quite sure, but I think you meant 'only one tape at
>> a time.)

>> <spelling error> Audio is usless if I don't know what you are saying.
>> (You misspelled useless.)

>> This is why we need braille. Braille readers don't make a big deal of
>> how many volumes a book is it just is.


>> LONG STORY SHORT: BRIAN, YOU ARE A POOR EXAMPLE OF THE IDEA THAT BRAILLE
>> READERS WRITE COHERENT AND GRAMATICALLY CORRECT E-MAIL MESSAGES.
>> On 3/6/2020 3:01 PM, brian wrote:
>>> aAmen if you don't braille than you are not truly literate. If you
>>> doubt this then read emails from blind people who don't know braille
>>> there spelling and gramar and punctuation leave alot to be desired. I
>>> have been there myself if I don't read then I to will fall in to trap
>>> as well. If you truly want to be literate then you just have toread
>>> and not just listen to audio. Those of us who do prefer braille and
>>> would rather read than listen have only audio as the option all to
>>> often. For me if I want to stay literate then I have to read braille
>>> and as I said in my email to Grumpy Dave I can't amagine my life with
>>> out braille. I have had braille most of my life and I would loose
>>> independence ifI were to not know braille. Reading braille is active
>>> reading but listening to audio or computer speech is just passive
>>> reading. I prefer to activly read but most of the time I can't
>>> because it's audio only. I do rember haveing to cary volumes of
>>> braille books acrost campus at the blind school but I never gave it a
>>> though it was just what I hav to do it was no problem for me at all.
>>> The campus at the Michigan school for the blind in Lansing Michigan
>>> covered a 4 city block area. I tried college back in 1987-1988 and I
>>> could have donee much better if I had braille. I had tapes from
>>> recording forthe blind but I had issues with the readers with
>>> pronouncations. I remember taking test and what I heard during the
>>> test sounded nothing like what I heard on the tapes. If I would have
>>> had my books in braille I would have known the correct words and the
>>> tests would have made sinse. If yur going to read on tape then you
>>> must be able to speak properly and say your words properly. There was
>>> the issue of only tape at a time and having to send 2 copies of every
>>> book to recording for the blind to be recorded. Audio is usless if I
>>> don't know what you are saying. This is why we need braille. Braille
>>> readers don't make a big deal of how many volumes a book is it just is.

>>> Brian Sackrider

>>> On 3/6/2020 7:26 AM, chris judge wrote:
>>>> This is true. There is a huge difference between not learning braille
>>>> if you've lost your site later in life. The unfortunate fact is that
>>>> even people who are blind since birth are not learning braille at the
>>>> rate they were when I was a kid 50 years ago. If you are blind since
>>>> birth and you don't learn braille you miss out on basic literacy. How
>>>> do you learn proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and such if you
>>>> don't learn braile. If you have had site you already understand these
>>>> things so knowing braille isn't as paramount.

>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
>>>> <main@TechTalk.groups.io <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>> On Behalf Of
>>>> Victor
>>>> Sent: March 6, 2020 12:42 AM
>>>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

>>>> Hello everyone:

>>>> I would like to point out that many blind people lose their eyesight
>>>> later in life and they find it too difficult to learn braille. It is
>>>> much easier for them to access information by listening to audio.
>>>> It’s hard enough for them to get over losing their eyesight and live
>>>> without seeing their loved ones or other things ever again. The last
>>>> thing they want is to learn a new skill that they may find just too
>>>> difficult.

>>>> After obtaining my iPhone, I attended a users group where are the
>>>> people taught each other to use iOS devices. While at the group one
>>>> day, one of the group leaders brought a focus 40 refreshable braille
>>>> display for everyone to examine. I was the only blind person in the
>>>> room interested in touching the device because I knew braille and I
>>>> owned a previous generation of that device. It was not discussed, but
>>>> I knew that they were not interested because most of them had lost
>>>> their eyesight later in life. I suspect that they found it much
>>>> easier to listen to audio than reading braille. Plus, most of them
>>>> had learned how to access information using their iPhones. I’m sure
>>>> they found it much easier to whip out their iPhones and listen to
>>>> their books, podcasts, scan documents and do everything else we can
>>>> do with our iPhones. I realize that not everyone owns a smart phone
>>>> because they have not found a way to obtain one. I also realize that
>>>> not everyone is into these types of gadgets. However, many blind
>>>> people have discovered how great these gadgets are and how useful
>>>> they can be in helping them become more independent. For many of us,
>>>> that is the route we have chosen.

>>>> In any case, don’t be too surprised if you meet a blind person who is
>>>> not interested in learning braille. Don’t be too hard on those
>>>> people. Maybe they just prefer to do what is easier.

>>>> I am so glad that refreshable braille displays exist now. I am also
>>>> glad that low cost refreshable braille displays are being developed.
>>>> I definitely don’t miss the days of carrying bulky braille books to
>>>> and from my classes. I do not miss the days of trying to look up
>>>> words in the dictionary and dealing with a whole bookshelf of braille
>>>> books. No thank you! I do not miss my five volume braille New Testament.

>>>> If I did not already on a refreshable braille display, I would
>>>> definitely look into obtaining the orbit braille reader or the
>>>> braille me.


>>>> Anyhow, these are just my rambling opinions.

>>>> Victor Sent from my iPhone

>>>>> On Mar 5, 2020, at 7:40 PM, brian <bsackrider55@...
>>>>> <mailto:bsackrider55@...>> wrote:

>>>>>  Thanks Grumpy Dave for your explination. I would be willing to
>>>>> pay a few dollars to get braille. I am not saying that I should get
>>>>> for free but not to have the option is my complaint. My local
>>>>> liberary use to provide braille for 10 cents per page. I was also
>>>>> told that if I provided the paper they would braille what I wanted.
>>>>> They required 67 weight paper which I can get at Staples. All to
>>>>> often we are forced to except only audio as the only format that is
>>>>> available. Braille will always be my prefered format because I
>>>>> prefer to read for myself instead of just listen. You say that you
>>>>> hate braille but you can use it well I feel the same about audio.
>>>>> Why do we have to be locked in to just one format? How many people
>>>>> would rather read than listen? Blind or sighted. People who prefer
>>>>> to read than should be commended instead of being kind of bashed for
>>>>> it. If not many blind people request braille than it should be no
>>>>> trouble to provide it. Braille is not that dificult to produce once
>>>>> you have the equipment. my liberary had no trouble all they needed
>>>>> was files in microsoft word and the paper and they were good to go.
>>>>> I use to get my weekly meterials for my church all in grade 2
>>>>> braille. It was really great to finally be an active participant in
>>>>> the service instead just a pasive listener. To be able to read
>>>>> along with everyone else the verses and hyms and classes lessons is
>>>>> a great feeling you just can't discribe the independence that it
>>>>> givesyou. It's kind of like having access to dvs you can finally
>>>>> know what is going on when there is all of that dead air. I was
>>>>> able to read infront of the church and be active in bible study and
>>>>> even lead the groop all using braille. I do use braille menus when
>>>>> ever possible even if I don't really need it just to let them see
>>>>> that somone is acually using it. Braille has given me a very full
>>>>> life and I don't know whear my life would be with out braille. I
>>>>> feel that every blind person who is able to read braille should
>>>>> learn it. I do understand that there are blind people who have
>>>>> medical conditions that prevents them from being able to read
>>>>> braille. For them they have no choice but to use audio but I do
>>>>> have the choice I just don't like being limited to just audio only
>>>>> and not braille. You hate braille and I hate audio. a good example
>>>>> of when I wish that I had braille instead of a file was when I
>>>>> requested my local newspaper to be accessable. my lions club
>>>>> purchassed a sara reading machine for me there was no braille manual
>>>>> but there was a print manual. I had to go to the help file on the
>>>>> machine and try to find what I wanted. When I called the paper
>>>>> office they asked what files my machine could read. If I had a
>>>>> braille manual I could have just looked it up while on the phone and
>>>>> gave them the answer. I had to call back after I went to the help
>>>>> file and found it. This is very time concuming I can look up
>>>>> somthing much faster in braille than any other format. I am not
>>>>> saying that I can do it as quick as a sighted person can with print
>>>>> but for me it's the fastest way for me to get the job done. When I
>>>>> was a kid I attended the Michigan school the blind in Lansing and we
>>>>> had to learn braille and all of our books were in braille. There
>>>>> was no I don't want to learn it you had to. I will say that I can
>>>>> certainly listen much faster than I can read but when it comes to
>>>>> looking up somthing braille is faster hands down. I have been blind
>>>>> since birth and thats all I ever knew was braille. It's like the
>>>>> sighted grew up with print. I wanted to learn the opticon at the
>>>>> rehab center but they would not let me because they said that I was
>>>>> not fast enough. I felt that I was learning and making progress and
>>>>> I should had the right to continue but they said no. If somone
>>>>> really wants to learn a new skil then they should beallowed to do
>>>>> so. If I am determind to learn somthing that then I will even
>>>>> though it might take more time then the teacher would like. I guess
>>>>> that modavation means nothing. If somone reallly wants to learn
>>>>> braille so what ifit takes several month to do so they should not be
>>>>> told no you can't continue. If companies had the equipment to
>>>>> produce braille they could charge me for the cost of the paper to
>>>>> get braille manuals or catalogs.

>>>>>> On 3/5/2020 9:26 PM, Dave wrote:
>>>>>> Hello Brian,


>>>>>> I have nothing against Braille other than the hassle it is to create
>>>>>> it, such as a Manual in Braille.


>>>>>> I've been blind for a long time now, and there were many times when I
>>>>>> would have Kissed the Feet of anyone who gave me a manual in Audio
>>>>>> format. many times have I had to just Wing it, learning by Guess and
>>>>>> by Golly. Once Computers became a Tool for the Blind, Guessing was
>>>>>> not always the best thing to do, as guessing wrong could ruin your
>>>>>> day in a Big way. Still can.


>>>>>> but, Brian, I have no Beef with Braille. To produce it is just
>>>>>> not an
>>>>>> easy task. And I would guess that most manufacturers of items for
>>>>>> the blind, may not want to hire another Staff member to do nothing
>>>>>> but print out Manuals in Braille.


>>>>>> Yes, it all sounds good, until the costs of doing such a thing is
>>>>>> considered.


>>>>>> These days, I do expect a Manual at least in a PDF format, if not an
>>>>>> Audio file. And if I own my own Braille Printer, I can then print
>>>>>> out the PDF file.


>>>>>> Although, I can't afford one of those printers, so I do without.


>>>>>> However, I could run the Audio file through an Audio to Text
>>>>>> converter, and then print that file out in Braille.


>>>>>> When I get nothing but an On Line Manual, where I need to go On Line
>>>>>> to read the thing. I am Thankful for at least that much, but I
>>>>>> always look to see if I can just download the manual so I don't need
>>>>>> to be going On Line so much.


>>>>>> Call it my personal Taste.


>>>>>> I would think most who are Blind have learned over and over again to
>>>>>> look for Work Arounds for doing many things in Life.


>>>>>> You like Braille, and while I do use it, I Hate it. So a Braille
>>>>>> Manual would be a waste of resources to send me one.


>>>>>> You Love it, and can use it well. So, when the Company doesn't send
>>>>>> a manual in Braille, but has sent you one in PDF, or even Audio, if
>>>>>> you want a manual in Braille, the Work around is to convert that
>>>>>> Audio or
>>>>>> PDF file into Braille. And if you are like me, and can't afford a
>>>>>> Braille Printer, there are Services that will take your Manual file
>>>>>> and make you a manual in Braille.


>>>>>> it may cost you a few dollars, which again is all part of the Life of
>>>>>> someone who is Blind. In the past, I have hired Readers to read
>>>>>> Manuals on Tape. Paid them $10 for every hour of Recorded material.


>>>>>> I've paid people to read my Mail. This was before smart Phones had
>>>>>> built in Cameras and OCR programs. I paid them $10 an hour too. this
>>>>>> was back in the 1980's and 90's.


>>>>>> I haven't had to hire anyone for about 20 years now


>>>>>> And Dare I bring up the Quality of Manuals? So often, regardless of
>>>>>> what Format it comes in, the information in the thing is totally Nuts!
>>>>>> It doesn't make Sense, and you can't tell if it is a Translation of
>>>>>> something in Chinese to English, or from Chinese to Spanish and then
>>>>>> Russian, and then to English etc.


>>>>>> And some manuals that come in English are so poorly written, lack
>>>>>> helpful information and seem to be missing a great deal of actual
>>>>>> instructional information and are next to useless in any format.


>>>>>> Grumpy Dave



















>> --
>> They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
>> They ask: "How Happy are You?"
>> I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"




> --
> Ann K. Parsons
> Portal Tutoring
> EMAIL: akp@... <mailto:akp@...>
> Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
> <http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/>
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> <http://www.portaltutoring.info>
> Skype: Putertutor

> "All that is gold does not glitter,
> Not all those who wander are lost."




>

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL:  akp@...
Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
Portal Tutoring web site:  http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."






-- 
They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
They ask: "How Happy are You?"
I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"


locked Re: warning if you doing business

Monte Single
 

Hey Caroline,

That made me laugh outloud, the first time in a few days, I think.


I live alone, and my eldest sister still thinks I have someone come and
cook for me.
I tell her no, just to do the bathroom and floors. Yes, in some things I
am a little lazy.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Carolyn Arnold
Sent: March-08-20 3:23 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

As blind people, we have to be on guard to deflect condescension and
out-right bullying.

This morning a really nice lady at church asked me in the nicest voice,
"does your husband help dress you?" I can think of a time, when I'd have
been furious and might have totally ignored the question. She tweaked my
beads and said, "you're always so color coordinated." Well, that is
something I want to be, but I just told her thanks, that he does not, but is
willing to answer any question I have about if this will go with that.

The thing I have a hard time putting up with is, "do you know who I am?" I
think that is passive bullying. So the last time someone asked me that, I
laughed and countered, "what kind of a question is that? Do you go around
asking people that?"

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of jan howells via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] warning if you doing business

I always told by family members that I am dumb, stupid, and incompetent. I
had no self esteem. My family still thinks that because I cannot see. I
was always degraded by my family. My aunt got hollered at by the Seeing
Eye. She cried and blamed me.
I did not tell her to degrade in front of them and answer questions during
my interview at the same time while I was answering my questions. That was
very awkward and embarrassing.

Jan


locked Re: Blindschools shelter their students and don't prepear them for the sighted world

jan howells <gale7978@...>
 

When I switched to public school in ninwh grade, I, too, had culture shock. I cried a lot. I cried myself to sleep, and woke up in the middle of the night and cried myself back to sleep. I thought that I would never make it. The good thing about school for the blind is that everything was at my fingertips, and I did not need help. I hated term papers with a passion. I would fall asleep listening to the tapes for history, science, and English literature. My favorite subject was Spanish, because I had my foreign language and math in blr. But the social skills were learned in public school.

Jan