At 05:23 AM 5/28/03 -0700, Stacy Smith wrote:
Producing braille materials and cassettes may be more costly in the long run than computerizing.

Maybe. But do (or can) all blind people use computers? Do you have any idea what percentage of blind people are not computer literate, and if that is greater or less than the percentage in the general population? I know there are many (mostly older) people who want absolutely nothing to do with personal computers, and there are other people who cannot afford them (and cannot or will not get them from some charitable organization). I'm guessing that such people who are also visually impaired constitute a pretty-much permanent market for Braille materials and cassettes, so the Church recognizes that it will have to continue producing those products for the foreseeable future (to be uncharitable, at least until all those old fuddy-duddies who refuse to learn how to use a computer finally kick the bucket ;-b ), so they feel it would be too expensive to both keep producing those products and incur the costs of developing a new product. Also, if the Church were to discontinue Braille materials and cassettes in favor of computers, then it would probably be up to the Church to provide computers with the special equipment needed to all their members who otherwise can't afford them, and to hire people to train those who have never used computers before in how to use them, which would be a significant additional expense.

Just some thoughts.

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