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Monday, 6th August 2001 at 1:08 pm
Staff Reporter
In just two years the HotBraille.Com service has blazed ahead announcing this month that it has just signed up its 10,000th user.

Monday, 6th August 2001
at 1:08 pm
Staff Reporter



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Monday, 6th August 2001 at 1:08 pm

Just over a year ago, Pro Bono Australia reported on an American teenager who set up a revolutionary new service web site that enables communication between blind people and their friends and family called

In just two years that service has blazed ahead announcing this month that it has just signed up its 10,000th user.

Young Khaled Saad set up the organisation in his home where he lives with his parents and the service is now a world leading portal for the blind.

In an e-mail to Pro Bono Australia, Saad reports that a blind school teacher, Karen Kirby became the 10,000th registered user of HotBraille and uses the service to send Braille letters, meet new people and do things she has never been able to do before via the Internet.

Saad said he received many inquiries from Australia after our story appeared in the e-Newsletter.

HotBrialle can be used by both the sighted and blind to communicate with other blind people. Using the web browser they can type in a letter and that message is converted into braille by Saad and his helpers and sent out via the US Postal Service.

Saad now boasts he is able to provide the service to people around the world in over 23 Braille languages. And the latest add-on to the web site offers visitors the chance to learn braille by completing the on-line lessons!

HotBraille is based in Oakland, California. Check out the web site at


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