Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Pride Goeth before a Crash

In the previous post, I said I would be focusing on my writing, discontinuing this blog, and using my website, www.susanbourrie.com, to provide updated information.  That information was shared just before my laptop crashed and I was forced to finally change from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  Many of the tasks I could perform with Windows 7 and JAWS screen-reading software are impossible now or require more steps than in the past.  Even downloading books from BARD and Learning Ally are now so discouraging that I no longer even look at the recently added books and magazines.  Windows 10 with Office is so difficult that I am in danger of losing my interest in both reading and writing.  We are talking about serious melt-down here.  Where it would usually take me a week to compose, edit, and format a post, I am not even going to try to set fonts, line spacing, and spell check right now because going near the ribbon usually does something horrible such as adding a new place for files to disappear to.  On a very courageous day, I found that place.  At least I am able to get some help from sighted friends and librarians while I learn a lot of new technology.  My website, however, is not being renewed because WordPress has never been easy for either me or anyone who is sighted and computer literate to use.  When I have information to share, it will be posted here.  And I do have wonderful news.  The National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped announced yesterday that it is changing its name to the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled.  Like the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Learning Ally, the NLS recognizes as I pointed out in my post in January 2015, "The Name Game," that what is in a name makes a very big difference for people who need services.  These new names are much more welcoming to people who live with low vision or who are newly diagnosed with potentially blinding eye diseases.  Great Job fellow teachers, librarians, and advocates!!!  You are making loving what is left while living with low vision so much nicer for so many more people.  Now, could you please talk to Microsoft before I stop buying their products and just hire a secretary?

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