For some nine years now, I have been the proud owner of the Victor reader Stream as well as the Victor Reader Stream, Next Generation. These products have opened up a whole world of printed media to me, including the daily newspapers from my city of residence, my hometown in Indiana, and a wide area over the globe, available from NFB Newsline. I have also enjoyed reading the variety of magazines available through both NFB Newsline as well as bookshare.org. Being a professional in the blindness community, working as an instructor for Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired (formerly The Hadley School for the blind, Winnetka, Illinois), I have had the opportunity to avail myself of many podcasts, including Hadley's own podcasts on a variety of subjects, including their iFocus series. Being able to listen to these podcasts with my Victor Reader Stream while sitting in front of my computer or with iPhone in hand, I can learn how to use my I-devices, in particular, more efficiently and effectively--i.e., receiving and sending e-mails, using such apps as Voice Dream and Facebook. A history buff, especially of the history of music, I have been enjoying a podcast entitled "Music from 100 Years Ago" that I discovered through searching on my Victor Reader Stream, Next Generation. A long-time patron of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, I have listened to a variety of talking books using the Victor Reader Stream and the newer Victor Reader Stream, Next Generation. whether sitting in my easy chair in my living room or outside on my patio in the Arizona sunshine, I can read a good romance or delve into inspirational literature or biographies of the U.S. Presidents and their families. Through Hadley, I have many students who are learning braille through our distance-education courses who use the Victor Reader Stream. I have been able to help them access our braille materials via USB thumb drive with their Victor Reader Streams so that they can begin their study of braille, whether uncontracted or contracted. As a beta tester of new software for the Victor Reader Stream, Next Generation, I have been delighted to share my feedback on the pros and cons of that beta software, not only from a consumer's viewpoint, but also from that of a professional in the field of blindness. The Internet radio feature on the Victor Reader, Next Generation, allows me to listen to stations near and far. I have especially enjoyed listening to stations from my hometown area in Northwest Indiana as well as the world over, from Liverpool, England, to Sydney, Australia, as well as my local radio reading service, Sun Sounds and the variety of stations from ACB, featuring news from the world of blindness. I have been a long-time volunteer for bookshare.org, and the victor Reader Stream, Next Generation has allowed me to download hundreds of titles to read and enjoy. I am a professional braille proofreader and do wish that the Victor Reader Stream, Next Generation, would allow me to set the speech to read all punctuation so that I could use it as a sort of "copyholder," reading the pdf file of a book that I am proofreading in braille. Perhaps my being able to do this will be a reality sometime in the near future. In my nine years of using both the victor Reader Stream and the newer victor Reader Stream, Next Generation, I have found both products to be reliable and easy to use. I view these products as a real window on the world of information, techniques that I can use in my work with Hadley, and just plain relaxation and entertainment--whether I am listening to soft music, enjoying an old-time radio program, or taking in a Bible study podcast through Our Daily Bread Ministries. Thank you, Humanware, for two wonderful bookreaders for the blind and visually impaired!
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