Saturday, August 10, 2019

Charity promotes providing books in braille for blind children

Recently I received by US mail a relatively aggressively worded solicitation package, in an orange envelope, from, with a 2020 calendar of French flower paintings, from the (Baltimore-based) American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, to provide Braille Books for Blind Children. 

The pitch material inside is rather aggressively worded, and encourages the recipient to get to know a deaf or blind person “on a personal basis”.  But I believe I saw a booth for the group at Baltimore gay pride in June, or maybe through the Parkway Theater at the Maryland Film Festival in May. 

When I worked for ING-Reliastar in Minneapolis from 1997-2001 I worked with someone who was “legally blind” and who was given a larger than usual desktop terminal.  He was the go-to person on almost all the system internal technical problems, and he also ran a company which hosted my first website for four years (after 9/11 he disbanded the company and I moved the hosting to Verio).
It common in information technology for the most technically gifted person to have some other sort of physical disability.  Ironically, the original founder of 8chan, Fredrick Brennan, has brittle-bone disease (New York Times story ).

The personal aspect of the appeal I will take up in later blog posts.
As a small self-publisher, it is not practical for me to offer my three “do ask do tell” books in Braille.  (I don’t do this with Audio Book either, which Canadian vlogger John Fish sells and advocates.)  But this raises a deeper question about handicap consumer access. I wonder if Amazon Create Space has the ability to create Braille.

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