[Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode

Jamie Pauls jamiepauls at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 12:47:48 GMT 2011

Great thoughts, especially the points regarding those with hearing loss. 
Thanks for taking the time to write down your impressions. They will help us 
further this discussion as it appears we will need to do in the near future.
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From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson at sbcglobal.net>
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> Hi again list,
> I'm writing thoughts as I hear the podcast, so I hope this won't be too 
> disorganized.
> I love the Pac Mate QWERTY keyboard and am very comfortable with it. I use 
> it for reading files that require 40 cells, such as books of poetry from 
> various sources, recipe files, etc. I use the Apex for braille reading; I 
> love sitting outside reading a novel, and the Apex is great for that, 
> although I find it hard to get used to only 32 cells. I miss the advance 
> bar and think Humanware could add an advance bar to the Apex.
> I have the pac mate Omni set up in reverse advance mode, so that I can 
> read with one hand and keep the other hand on one of the advance buttons.
> Third-party software: I've tried it on the pac mate and never liked it; it 
> was just too slow, or not compatible with the Omni.
> Music, NLs Bard, Audible.com, Learning Ally, Bookshare, and MP3 files: I 
> use a Victor Stream and am about to wear out my second one. It's with me 
> all the time and I find it works incredibly well. I even like the monaural 
> feature when the speed is set to 1; I'm deaf on one side and can't hear 
> stereo. Music sounds a little weird when the speed is at 1, but I've 
> gotten used to it and I'm not missing anything.
> PC: I use it for e-mail, file conversion to various formats, sound 
> editing, web surfing.
> Direction of note takers: If screen reader manufacturers could add a few 
> functions to screen readers that would make note taker capabilities work, 
> that would probably steer me away from note takers. The main one i'm 
> thinking of is having screen readers translate and speak grade two braille 
> files. I love the pac mate, braille lite, and Apex ability to vocalize 
> braille files. If I'm doing something else and can't read a grade 2 file 
> in braille, it's great to have it speak without worrying about 
> back-translating it first.
> cell phone: I don't have one. As a retired person, I don't do a lot of 
> traveling and I don't commute any more, so I'll use a land line until land 
> lines go away.
> One aspect of note takers that wasn't mentioned is immediate access to 
> braille. I'm hearing-impaired, and really appreciate how braille use is 
> built into these devices, or can be added with separate braille displays. 
> These days there's so much emphasis on talking devices that the deaf-blind 
> community often gets left behind.
> I agree that note takers are not so-called ghetto devices; they have a 
> place in the blind community. It will be interesting to see where things 
> go in the future.
> Mary
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