Mac supports voice-to-Braille
Adam P Valerius DSC
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Wed Aug 22 17:45:52 UTC 2007
I wanted to mention, the first time I ever used a Mac was when I was in
psychiatric treatment @ The Buckeye Ranch in Grove City, OH, USA. It was
cool. I like Macs. They're different...& different...is good :). My laptop
is an IBM ThinkPad with Windows XP SP2. It's nice that the Mac Mini is NOT
that expensive, but the refreshable Braille displays/notetakers are very
expensive. I've been to HumanWare's website & seen the prices.
As for Grade 2 Braille, I don't know much. I know Grade 1 very well. I know
enough Grade 2 to read building signs in it, but I can't read much else in
Grade 2 Braille. I'll have to learn more Grade 2 Braille before I can rely
exclusively on Grade 2 for writing.
Adam P. Valerius, DSC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Sutton" <signwriting at mac.com>
To: "SignWriting List" <sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 1:39 PM
Subject: [sw-l] Mac supports voice-to-Braille
> Hello Adam!
> It is my understanding that any Mac will support Voice-to-Braille, if
> they run the new Leopard operating system coming out in October...Not all
> Macs are expensive any longer...one is $600...called the Mac Mini that
> hooks to other monitors..so for $600 a person can have text read outloud,
> and that reading becomes Braille...
> "Mac OS X Built for Braille....
> VoiceOver in Leopard supports a variety of refreshable Braille displays
> and note-takers. Leopard dynamically translates VoiceOver output into
> standard, Grade 2 contracted Braille, so you can attach any supported
> device and start using it right away."
> Val ;-)
> On Aug 22, 2007, at 10:26 AM, Adam P Valerius DSC wrote:
>> To tell you the truth I haven't used tactile signing in 3 years. I miss
>> it. I'm having a very hard time reading ASL & PSE visually but every
>> signer who's here for me to get with in Cincinnati, OH, USA does NOT
>> want me reading their signs tactually. That *SUCKS*! I have been
>> rejected by the Deaf-Blind for 3 1/2 years straight & I don't know where
>> to go to get back with them. My teacher for Deaf- Blind Interpreting
>> Class @ Cincinnati State College told me to move to Seattle, WA, USA to
>> get back with the Deaf-Blind. Maybe I should look into moving to
>> Seattle. But Seattle's cost-to-live is very expensive. I miss the
>> Deaf-Blind a lot! They are my good friends! When I'm with the Deaf-Blind
>> I like to communicate in ASL/PSE tactually both ways (the DB person
>> reads me tactually and I read him/her tactually). I read in a book by an
>> ASL interpreter who often works with the Deaf-Blind that it makes the
>> Deaf-Blind feel more "at home" when they meet a sighted person who can
>> read ASL/PSE tactually. Of course I can :). I have some undiagnosed
>> visual processing deficit that is getting in my way of reading ASL/PSE
>> I enjoyed our conversations in 2005 too :). It sure is nice knowing you
>> & watching SW develop.
>> As for the accessible computing, I wish I could afford that technology.
>> I own a brand-new laptop but I gotta read the emails in print since the
>> refreshable Braille costs $1,000s. I miss working with Braille. It was
>> fun in 2003 working with Braille on my spare time. I've loved Braille
>> since I was introduced to it @ the age of 6 (BTW now I'm 23 & on 11/19
>> I'll be 24 & there's so much more). Once I have a job, maybe I can save
>> up for that technology. It's just very expensive and no one will buy it
>> for me cuz I'm sighted. I'm only going to work part-time so that I still
>> have a lot of free time & do NOT jeopardize my government benefits.
>> Adam P. Valerius, DSC
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