[bct] Re: Fw: Mr. Cylke's responce re: Web Braille

  • From: "Kelly Pierce" <kpierce2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 10:09:51 -0500

After learning background information from several highly trusted sources on this issue, the decision to immediately suspend the service seems unnecessary, impulsive and arbitrary. The decision seems
to have occurred without consultation from either the blindness or library
communities. It also seems not to be motivated from a particular incident
that compromised the lives of Americans or American interests. Most
significant was the process employed to deny library service to blind
Americans without a particular compelling need or emergency. Of concern to
me is that such a process may be employed in the future as new services, such as digital talking books, are
deployed in the upcoming years. In his response below, Cylke did not say what he meant by "soon" and offered no date or timetable as to when he would restore the service. It is clear that there is a lack of respect of blind people and their needs.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Larry Skutchan" <skular@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 6:54 AM
Subject: [bct] Fw: Mr. Cylke's responce re: Web Braille

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jessica Lorenz" <blinklife@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Jessica Lorenz" <blinklife@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Jeff Thom" <jsthom@xxxxxxxxxxx>; "Josh and Liz Miele" <jam@xxxxxxx>; "Lucy Greco" <lucy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Heidi Joshi" <hjoshimft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2006 1:15 PM
Subject: Mr. Cylke's responce re: Web Braille

Wow- that was a very quick response- and looks like good, though not
abundantly clear, news.
Wanted to pass Mr. Cylke's   response on.
Feel Free to forward.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kurt Cylke [mailto:fcyl@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2006 9:33 AM
To: Jessica Lorenz
Cc: jdix@xxxxxxxxxxxx; mmoo@xxxxxxx; rfis@xxxxxxx; jemo@xxxxxxxxxxxx;
Subject: Re: Web Braille

Web Braille has NOT been discontinued. It will be back soon. Kurt Cylke
Hello, I am writing to enquire about the discontinuation of the Web Braille
Service. I have been using Web Braille to read magazines and books since
1999. I love this service!
I have an electronic Braille display that I use to read Braille texts. I
genuinely prefer this method of reading my Braille materials from LOC
because it allows me to have instant access to materials; I don't have to
wait for books to arrive in the mail. Secondly, using Web Braille does not
necessitate the toting around of large, bulky Braille volumes.
The most important reason that I love Web Braille however is because Web
Braille books are written in contracted grade 2 Braille- the language that

I am really concerned about this change and would like to know what
electronic distribution service will be offered instead of the Web Braille

Thank you,
Jessica Lorenz
1611 Oakview Ave
Kensington, CA 94707

Frank Kurt Cylke, Director National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library of Congress Washington, DC 20542

Fax 202-707-1690

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