Reader’s Forum

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Franek wrote in, saying:

I realize that disabled people, including the blind and partially sighted, make up small part of society and therefore adaptive equipment is made in small batches which equates to higher prices. Yet, why don’t try to find cost effective alternatives?  In the days of communism, the polish Czechs and East Germans all produced cheap, effective upward Braille writers.  The East German picht and mini picht both were good pieces of equipment.  The Russians had Sekonda Braille watches so cheap that they were cheaper to replace than to repair. Here in Britain, we had the Stainsby Wayne Braille writer.  Now why has no one tried to get hold of the rights and designs and produce these items again?  Why should we only have expensive items available when the majority of blind and disabled people are on a low income or government benefits? Maybe someone starting a business could start looking into providing cost effective equipment based on these older designs.  I look forward to other readers thoughts

Franek Kozorowski

Hartlepool, UK

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In response to a special notice in last week’s magazine, Elaine wrote in to say:

I wanted to let readers know that Philmore voicemail customers cannot create their own boards.  They can set up distribution lists and forward messages to people in those lists.  However, if a customer wants a board, he or she must contact the owner of the system and request it. 

Elaine Johnson

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In response to Contributor Terri Winaught, Ten Reasons Being Blind Isn’t So Bad, Bill wrote:

Hello, I want to comment on Terri’s article.  I had a funny experience one time while I was in college.  I was in the bar on campus and the bartender asked me what would happen if I tied one on.  I told him that my guide dog would take me back to the dorm, which she did on a couple of occasions.

Bill Meinecke

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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