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

  • From: "Walt Smith" <walt@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 11:42:56 -0400

Why should there have been consultation? It's NLS's site, after all, and 
they have an absolute right to shut it down for a day, a week, or forever if 
they choose to do so. It's not like you've got any kind of _right_ to 
it--it's a service.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kelly Pierce" <kpierce2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:09 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Fw: Mr. Cylke's responce re: Web Braille

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;
>> abak@xxxxxxx
>> 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
>>>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
>>>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
>> I
>>>I am really concerned about this change and would like to know what
>>>electronic distribution service will be offered instead of the Web
>>>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
>> 202-707-5104
>> Fax 202-707-1690
>> fcyl@xxxxxxx
>> Kurt.Cylke@xxxxxxxxxxx

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