Hi Edgar and all,

I have gotten several private emails asking me how I use the computer so I 
thought I would answer the list.  If this is off topic for the list then 
please just delete.

There is so much adaptive technology available now for all people with 
disabilities.  I use a screen reader called Window Eyes which reads the 
computer screen.  I am able to navigate all over the screen using hotkeys. 
I see like looking through wax paper so I have also changed my screen 
display to extra large yellow letters on a black background.  I use this for 
simple navigating and I use the speech output for actual reading.  I also 
have a small note taking device that has the same applications as a PDA 
which also has speech output.  You can check out these gadgets at: 
http://www.gwmicro.com

Other adaptations around the house include a talking watch, timer, 
indoor/outdoor thermometer, caller ID and book player.  My husband says the 
house is always talking to him.

My Buddhist reading is limited to what is available on the internet and 
Talking books.  Actually, there is a lot recorded considering it is not a 
'mainstream topic'.

I should probably mention that in my story about going to the store when I 
questioned the receipt, it was a friend that actually read the receipt. 
Actually she was annoyed that I didn't just leave and I took time to go back 
and pay for the missed item.

The only thing that really bothers me about being blind is that I don't 
drive.  We lived in a small town where I could walk every where.  The 
economy was dead there so we had to move and now I live at the end of a cul 
de sac.  Oh well, life is about change, right?

Feel free to ask any questions,, I am happy to answer.

JODY 


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