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The Carroll Center for the Blind serves more than 2,000 blind adults and children annually, preparing them for achievement in the classroom, independent living, and successful employment. It has been a leading provider of access technology training for blind and visually impaired persons since 1984.

The organization was founded by Father Carroll in 1954 as St. Paul’s Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and renamed in his honor in 1972.

Letters to the Editor

Digital Reading Machines

Blinded veterans were to be the first to receive the new digital talking book machines. I was told that they would go to those who had used the service for the longest time and those who read the most books. I have been using the talking book services for more than 40 years and read between 100-150 books per year. Yet, it took me longer than I expected to receive my machine and for a time I could not obtain a response as to when it would arrive.

I am wondering if other veterans have faced the same problem. Using the Bulletin, BVA can provide a great service by letting blinded veterans know about the new machine and asking them to report back if they have not received their machine.

I understand there are four digital reading machines that are available for purchase that will read the NLS digital books. My VIST Coordinator is researching which of the four is most reliable and user friendly. Once I have that information, I will be requesting the item through VIST Prothetics.

Maybe the Bulletin could inform us regarding the pros and cons of the four machines that are available and reveal which one is being issued by VIST Prosthetics. Thanks for all your good work and for keeping us apprised of current events and issues. I look forward to the next BVA Bulletin.

Dennis R. Wyant

Past National President Melbourne, Florida

Blood Level

Test Strips

I have recently encountered a problem that I have been told is fairly universal.

VA, of course, has been very generous with me. I have received eyeglasses, white canes, a CCTV, and magnifiers, all of which improve my quality of life.

My most recent item received is the “prodigy talking glucometer.” In my case, I use the device to determine what my blood sugar level is. I then inject insulin and wait a couple of hours, followed by still another test and injection if the level is still too high. This process is repeated two hours later and then again at night.

These tests, administered several times daily, require six test strips per day or 180 per month. Unfortunately, my understanding is that VA will provide only 50 strips per month to the individual veteran. Noting again VA’s otherwise great generosity, I consider this regulation to be very strange.

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