[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: A blast from the past

Hi Monica,

  I have a number of people who are interested, but for various reasons, I have 
a strong commitment to making technology and equipment available to blind kids 
in Latin America. Since this is off topic, could you send me your email address 
so we can talk further? Email me at goodindo@xxxxxxxx

Thanks,
Donna
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Monica Svopa 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 4:58 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: A blast from the past


  Hi list.  If I'm sounding opportunistic please let me know.  I was wondering 
if instead of giving the braille writer to a school if the person would mind 
giving it to me.  You see, my parents are from the Dominican Republic and theya 
re always asking me if I know if anywhere they could get any type of braille 
anything donated so that they could take it to the school there.  You don't 
have to do this but if you do know of anywhere I could get anuything a blind 
person would use please let me know.  Feel free to write me off list for your 
convenience.  Thanks.  

  Monica Svopa 

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Charles Wadman 
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 8:40 AM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: A blast from the past


    Donna,

    Donate it to someone who teaches braille.  They'll use it as a loaner to a 
student.  My transcribing group has about 20 braillers that we loan to students 
of braille at the Braille Institute.

    They truly are remarkable machines, but about the only use we have for them 
now is to braille greeting cards - one of our annual tasks at Christmas time.

    Charlie

    At 08:50 AM 11/21/2005 -0500, you wrote:

      Hi all,
       
        Sorry for sending yet another OT post, but I have a situation that I 
thought folks from this list might be able to help with.
       
        Last night my husband was working out in the garage, and stumbled upon 
the old Perkins Brailler that my parents bought me when I was just starting 
school. I have to say, these things are truly amazing, and could almost 
convince one to become a Ludite. They're built like tanks! I've had mine for 
over thirty-five years, and it still works as well as it did the day I got it! 
Now i can't think of *anything you could buy today that would last that long. 
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't really want to trade in my PC or Pacmate and go 
back to the old days, but I think we really lost something when we traded in 
durability and longevity for a throw-away culture.
       
        Anyway, my little musings aside, I don't want this thing to just go 
into a land-fill somewhere, but I'm honestly not sure I'd ever use it again. 
Does anyone know someone or someplace that might actually have a use for it?
      Thanks,
      Donna

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