[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT sighted volunteers

  • From: "robert tweedy" <rtweedy2@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 04:37:25 -0600

Charlie, it wasn't a long post and thanks for your story and it is nice to hear 
from you too, continue posting when you like.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Charles Wadman 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 7:18 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT sighted volunteers

  Here's my story:

  I met a guy in the army (11th Airborne Division) who became a good friend. 
Introduced me to the girl who became my wife, best man at my wedding, etc. He 
was making a jump one day, slipped in the doorway of the plane, and was hit in 
the head by the trailing edge of the doorway.  He woke up in the hospital and 
appeared to be OK.

  Many years later while he stayed in New York and I had moved to California he 
mentioned in one of his letters that he was going blind and was learning 
braille. He had a tumor pressing on the optic nerve (presumably a result of 
that plane accident), but removal of the tumor did not improve his vision.  
He's still blind.

  I decided to learn braille so that I could continue writing to him and to 
provide some long-range moral support.  I've since lost contact with him, but 
the braille continues on inexorably.

  I believe that I first heard of Bookshare in a newspaper article. It was a 
natural fit with my braille interests so I volunteered.

  This is probably the longest posting I've ever made. I apologize for the 
length, but you did ask, Allison.


  At 07:51 PM 2/17/2005 -0500, you wrote:

    I'm just wondering, for the sighted volunteers, how did you guys get mixed 
up  in
    this crazy Bookshare crowd?  What lead you to wanna become part?  Do you
    know someone blind, did you hear about it through some volunteer
    organization, did you just type in "whiny bookish blind people into Google
    one day?"

    Seriously though, I am curious.  I'm wondering how this info
    enters the sighted book-reading sphere and what compels someone to put in
    the work.  Also, how has it worked for you as an education tool about
    blindness?  How would one convince other sighted folks that they should
    volunteer too?Most of my sighted friends and family would be like,
    "Bookshare what?"  "You want me to do what?"


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