[Menvi-discuss] Color references and other sight-related material

Dale Lieser dale.lieser at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 06:55:27 EDT 2012

Hi, Lydia,


Having been sighted and now being totally blind, that you are considering
both "showing print" and "adapting" approaches seems to me a good sign. Do
not worry about the term "flying blind". Just explain its application to
memory work, and even provide a fun, verbal mention of what that would
literally mean with a plane and pilot, where a memory slip in music would be
a (crash (albeit recoverable).


Concerning the color references, you could keep that, but label markers or
something big that could handle such an identifier, and let the student
color on the examples page you have designed to be for one-time use.







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[mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] On Behalf Of Lydia Machell
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:02 AM
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Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Color references and other sight-related material


I'm producing braille editions of the Piano Adventures teaching series and
there are instances where the text needs to be adapted for VI users. For
instance, where the student is asked to circle items in a piece, or fill in
blanks on the page, we have replaced the instruction with "show your
teacher...". These are just practical considerations. But what about a piece
that asks the student to "choose a color for each dynamic mark"? Or memory
exercises referred to as "Blind Flying"?  As a publisher, should our
principle be to show braille users exactly what's in the print, or should we
adapt the contents for our market?  The first approach may make us seem
insensitive, while the latter could seem patronising. We just want to get
these excellent resources out there in the most user-friendly form.


Lydia Machell (Prima Vista Braille Music Services)

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