Mac supports voice-to-Braille

Adam P Valerius DSC webmaster at SKORE.CC
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...& 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>
To: "SignWriting List" <sw-l at>
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 is $600...called the Mac Mini  that 
> hooks to other 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:
>> Val,
>> 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 
>> visually.
>> 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.
>> Later,
>> Adam P. Valerius, DSC
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