[access-uk] Re: Obsolete Accessibility

  • From: "Ian Macrae" <ian.macrae1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 21:25:21 +0100

THANKSAnd, Iain, like some of the truly brilliant things designed or created 
for blind people, it was an ingeniously simple device and concept.  When the 
one I borrowed arrived at home last Saturday I showed it to my sighted eight 
year old and went through the positions of the lead type used to create the 
numbers.  Within five minutes she'd brought the board to me and said "I've done 
a sum".  She had too.  8 plus 8 equals 16.  Also, young Damon who'd never 
previously encountered one picked it up almost as quickly prior to recording 
yesterday's show.  And you're right.  for discovering basic arithmetical 
operations, it couldn't be beat.  I'm sure I was never as good at maths once we 
moved over to doing our working on a Perkins.  

Cheers now.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Iain Lackie 
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:47 PM
  Subject: [access-uk] Re: Obsolete Accessibility 

  The Taylor frame was a lot cheaper.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Dave 
    To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:09 PM
    Subject: [access-uk] Re: Obsolete Accessibility 

    oooohhhhhh! nope, you definitely need an upward writer so you can read what 
you're doing as you do it.  Actually, you could use a computer and braille 
display to do the same thing, using a text file, if you've got a good shark of 
a screen reader!


      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Iain Lackie 
      To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 7:39 PM
      Subject: [access-uk] Obsolete Accessibility 

      Last night's In Touch has caused me to reflect on the Taylor frame and 
what makes an accessibility product obsolete. I remember the Taylor frame from 
schooldays and thinking about it, I cannot come up with a product which was 
better able to demonstrate the layout of an arithmetical problem. Many's the 
sum I've had to calculate using the frame. A calculator may get the answer 
right more often than me but it doesn't help in showing how the problem can be 
worked out. If we are really to achieve greater numeracy among the visually 
impaired, perhaps it's time the Taylor frame made a comeback.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Ian Macrae 
        To: recycle-it@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ; access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 10:26 AM
        Subject: [access-uk] THANKS

        This cross posting is so that I can say thanks to people on both lists 
who either offered or provided the loan of Taylor frames.  All the interest was 
greatly appreciated and the frame was put to good use in last night's In Touch. 
 People might be interested to know that it really did seem to provide the 
means by which blind people could tackle Sudoku puzzles.  Sadly it is now 
obsolete.  I'll be returning the frames to those people who sent me them in the 
next day or so.  

        Thanks again. 



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