[absoft-board] Re: Suggestions

  • From: "John J. Boyer" <john.boyer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: absoft-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 19:14:49 -0500

Hi Christine,

These are good ideas. Hopefully we'll be able to carry them out in time. 
If you set up the Facebook account that will be great. However, I 
understand that for Twitter someone has to "tweat" quite frequently. I'm 
not the one to do that. Besides, I would have only information about the 
minutiae of programming. We'll have to find more money before we can 
travel to the national conventions. Jack loaned the company the money 
for the Washington trip. We can't do that again. He sent the Board a 
statemennt on our debts on Saturday that didn't go through. He'll send 
it again on Thursday. 

Finally, I have problems travelling. Sitting in cramped positions on 
airplanes last week has caused problems with my left leg. Arthritis is 
starting to take a toll.

We'll make the change in the brochure that you suggested.


On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 03:33:52PM -0700, Christine Jeune wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have some suggestions for Abilitiessoft.  I don't know if anyone has
> suggested these things yet, but I believe I am caught up with all the
> emails.  If they have I apologize in advance.
> Facebook and twitter are increasingly a part of people's lives, this holds
> true for people with visual impairments as well as sighted people.  I think
> we should have both a facebook and twitter account.  Even as close as I am
> to the projects, I didn't know the extent that they were used everyday by
> possibly thousands of people, without their knowledge.  We need to get that
> information out there.  Also as Braille Blaster becomes more widely used
> and available to end users we should have a booth at the national
> conventions to spread the word there as well.  I would be happy to set up
> and post on twitter, facebook, and other social media sites the board
> decides would be helpful, about Abilitiessoft/BrailleBlaster/Liblouis.
>  Spreading the word of it's use, to it's actual users and those who benefit
> from it will be beneficial.  Facebook is very accessible through it's text
> based mobile site, and twitter by it's very nature is text based.  Many
> companies like APH, ATguys, none profits related to the VI community, ACB,
> NFB, Braille Institute, already use social media.  Even if it's just
> keeping the name in the forefront of people's minds, when the end of the
> year comes and they need a donation, they might have just gotten a tweet
> the day before and give that donation to Abilitiessoft.
> Because of the geography of our board, Jack handles many aspects of the
> secretary, and many other,  positions.  We have a record of all dialog from
> the list, and my suggestion was to make a summary each month or two from
> the list, just to summarize and have legal "minutes."  I don't know how
> important that is, and of course I don't want to invest time into it if it
> isn't necessary.
> Also, in the brochure, enclosed in the packet with the by laws, there is
> one thing I would change for the next printing.  It says "Naive users" and
> I think it should be changed to beginning users or beginners.
> I'd love to hear other's thoughts,
> Christine

John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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