[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: A blast from the past

  • From: "Sarah Van Oosterwijck" <curiousentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 16:31:35 -0600

Would anyone know of a good home for a braille 'n Speak 2000? I have one and don't use it more than a couple times a year, usually only for the scientific calculater which is much better than the braille note's. I know it is old and not very useful to most people anymore, but I just thought there might be someone who would really appreciate it for some reason.

I also have a mostly full box of braille embosser paper that my state services counselor forgot to take away along with my embosser. I'll send that to the highest bidder free matter for the blind. In this case highest bidder would mean the person who sends me a message off list with the best reason for wanting the paper. <grin>

Sarah Van Oosterwijck
Assistive Technology Trainer

----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Svopa" <svopa@xxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 3:58 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: A blast from the past

Hi list. If I'm sounding opportunistic please let me know. I was wondering if instead of giving the braille writer to a school if the person would mind giving it to me. You see, my parents are from the Dominican Republic and theya re always asking me if I know if anywhere they could get any type of braille anything donated so that they could take it to the school there. You don't have to do this but if you do know of anywhere I could get anuything a blind person would use please let me know. Feel free to write me off list for your convenience. Thanks.

Monica Svopa

----- Original Message ----- From: Charles Wadman
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Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 8:40 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: A blast from the past


Donate it to someone who teaches braille. They'll use it as a loaner to a student. My transcribing group has about 20 braillers that we loan to students of braille at the Braille Institute.

They truly are remarkable machines, but about the only use we have for them now is to braille greeting cards - one of our annual tasks at Christmas time.


 At 08:50 AM 11/21/2005 -0500, you wrote:

   Hi all,

Sorry for sending yet another OT post, but I have a situation that I thought folks from this list might be able to help with.

Last night my husband was working out in the garage, and stumbled upon the old Perkins Brailler that my parents bought me when I was just starting school. I have to say, these things are truly amazing, and could almost convince one to become a Ludite. They're built like tanks! I've had mine for over thirty-five years, and it still works as well as it did the day I got it! Now i can't think of *anything you could buy today that would last that long. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't really want to trade in my PC or Pacmate and go back to the old days, but I think we really lost something when we traded in durability and longevity for a throw-away culture.

Anyway, my little musings aside, I don't want this thing to just go into a land-fill somewhere, but I'm honestly not sure I'd ever use it again. Does anyone know someone or someplace that might actually have a use for it?


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