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Today at school i got my second official Braille lesson at school. Today my VI gave me a Perkins Braille writer. It'll take some getting used to but its neat. Its no where near as hard to press the keys as i thought it would be.
In my gym class i think sometime after Spring break my teacher is going to play goalball with my sighted classmates and i. So that will be fun plus there is tennis. My mom and I have been going out to the park after school lately and playing tennis with some adaptive tennis balls. That's been a lot of fun.

During Spring break my mom and i and some of her college friends are planning to go ocean kayaking down at myrtle beach. I'm so excited i hope the trip happens.

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How is everyone's fall been?


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Happy Easter to you too.


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Cool, Happy Easter


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Well, my week was good, I just have to get poem for world history illustrated, and I'll be able to bring my phone back to school. :-) Anyways, my weekend is good too, I found some startrek podcasts. If anyone knows where I can find described eppisodes of star trek, the next generation, or any other series besides the original from 1960's, I can get that from blindmicemart, but if anyone can find any other series, please let me know.


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My week has been awesome. I went to an allnighter at my church Friday.


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yep, hows your week been


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So, braille. that's cool


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Thanks for the tips.
The trip fell through. The guys were scared of their professor, so they weren't able to talk him into allowing them to go.


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Okay, I will try my best to describe it. First, you turn the knobs on the side that roll the paper out so it will be all the way out (as if you rolled a piece of paper out of the brailler). I believe the paper lock should be down during this process (the little things that flip down on the paper to lock it in). Then you lift the things that hold the paper down up. You then put the piece of paper into the brailler. You should have your margin set already, but I think you can change while the paper is in ther brailler (what stops you at the end of a line -- it is on the back side of the brailler). You put the piece of paper in, lining it up with the left side, you should feel it hit something in the brailler, so it will sit there. You make sure it is straight, then lock the paper by flipping down the clips. Then roll the paper all the way in to the brailler. There is trick here, you are supposed to hit key to move down one line once to lock the paper in officially. A lot of people miss that step and the paper doesn't lock in totally. That key is the far right one (return key), pretty sure. You should be good, it becomes a lot easier over time, most people miss that last step, the return key once the paper is totally loaded. If you don't push it, the paper can move and get chewed up a bit (crooked braille as well). Hopefully my very untechnical description makes sense. It has been a while since I have used a brailler though.

Hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Do you have any tips on loading paper into the brailler every time i do it i keep having problems. I think I've only loaded the paper twice with no problems so far.


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That is a lot of great and exciting news. The braille lessons sound great, I loved getting to learn to use the Perkin's Brailler. I used to think of it as a game. IIt gets easier with practice, for sure.

Goalball, so jealous, I haven't played since I moved from Florida. If you or your teacher need any tips on some short cuts of laying down the lines on the court -- here you go. Use painters tape, will not ruin the floor. You use rope to act as the wire under the tape, has to be thin, but not too thin. You can usually get away with putting down the ends of the court, like the high ball line and all the lines back toward the end of the court. We didn't have goals, so we just ended the raised lines there. We obviously used raised llines for sides on each end, the positions lines, and such. Goalball is so much fun!

Ocean kayaking should be a lot of fun, I have done some of that down near Myrtle a while back. Enjoy all of these exciting things that are going on in your life. Your gym teacher must be pretty cool to be doing that. I love that you and your father are playing an adapted tennis game. I think APH (American Printing House for the Blind) sells a version of tennis with big rackets, a big ball that makes noise, and such. Have fun!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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