[bct] Fw: [Blindtlk] Web Braille Status

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  • Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 15:37:33 -0500

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Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 2:58 PM
Subject: [Blindtlk] Web Braille Status

With the interest in Web Braille, and its status, I hereby post the below 
letter from President Maurer.

David Andrews

May 15, 2006


To the members of the board of directors of the NATIONAL FEDERATION of the 
Blind, THE PRESIDENTS of state affiliates of the National Federation of the 
Blind, and the members of the north America/Caribbean region of the world 
blind union

Dear Colleagues:

            Last Thursday, I received information telling me that 
Web-Braille, part of the National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped Books for the Blind Program, was being taken offline. 
As I was traveling, it took me a little time to seek out information 
regarding this action.  The Web-Braille program is one that was created by 
the library as an innovative example of ways to distribute Braille materials 
to library patrons, and I know that officials in the library are very proud 
of the program.  From what I know of Web-Braille, I understand why those in 
the library are proud of it, and I applaud the forward thinking of library 
staff and officials who created this most unusual book distribution system.

            With this background, I felt certain that there was an 
explanation for taking the program offline.  I have today talked with Mr. 
Cylke, the director of the National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped.  He has assured me that the program will be 
reinstated within a reasonably short time-certainly within the next ten 
business days.   The reason the program has been taken offline is that 
technical corrections and repairs are required to insure the continued 
excellent performance and viability of the program.  Mr. Cylke assured me 
that the delay in reinstatement will be as brief as possible.  I provide 
this information to you so that you will have the most up-to-date facts on 
the matter.  As I receive additional data, I will be forwarding them to you. 
It may be that the Web-Braille site will be back online before I get the 
opportunity again to write.


Marc Maurer, President
National Federation of the Blind


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