Name: Linda Lustig
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Characteristics of a task that make this tool a good fit
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Refreshable braille display
Does the job of display and keyboard – no ‘guts’
Needs a screen reader running to work
Length of the display (in braille cells)
Connection type (bluetooth or cord)
Which screen readers can run it
40 cells for high school / college, others can get by on 20
(esp needing detail spelling, clickable text websites such as elearning, numeric entry on spreadsheets, computer in quiet environments)
Braille is or will be primary reading medium
Contact LIONS for help funding for families, or have school purchase (but usually not kid’s to keep then)
Generally small and portable, keyboard, refreshable braille display notes can be transferred to a computer for storage printed in braille or print
Have word processors
6key braille keyboard or standard or both Some have calendars, calculators or clocks
Some have speech program with braille input
Some have Bluetooth so they can be used with iphones and ipads,
Book readers, do homework, find directions, record lectures and listen to podcasts.
This tool is designed for Visually Impaired students to take notes in classes or professionals in meetings It’s light weight and portability make this a great fit
This is a great option for students who are tech savvy or at least comfortable with technology. I could see it working from middle school and up.
This item is a quota fund item.
iOS braille apps
Turns IOS device into a braille writer allow to text and use social media
instructs or helps with braille code some are intended for students with vision to learn. Some have games and can be used for small children cost
Learning tool ease of use
Portability, ability to use to be more socially involved on media venues.
Need to be aware of apps requirements.
Don’t assume they are easy to use.
Software program that text is read . All read text as it appears, User command by pressing different combinations of keys
Style of the voices
Mechanics and supports
Ease of access.
Reading of text on computer screen word processing, searching internet, social media use
Jaws is more technical
Dolphin is easier to use
You need ti research programs to fit users computer abilities, and needs of use.
Jaws is difficult to get good at using
Mountbatten/ smart braillers
Both braillers are similar in size
Both use 8.5 x11 inches
Both have programs for young learners
Mountbatten develops awareness of Braille symbols by using audio response.
Ergonomic keyboard facilitates literacy
Simple editing functions for correcting and erasing
Free software for PC
Smart brailler interfaces with Patterns program –
Head phone jack and volume control
Acapela Text to speech
Mechanical Braille Capabilities
Great for learning braille allows for parents and teachers to see real time what is being brailled.
Self monitoring with braille to voice
Can work like manual brailler as well
fGreat for students of braille both children and adults.
Allows for greater interaction with parents and non braille readers for homework and leaning.
Engages in games and learning
Cost is really high 2000 range for smart brailler and 4000 for Mountbatten.
Single sided printing
Adjustable line spacing
Braille font 2.2,2.5,.3.2
Support mobile devices
Mac/ PC compatable
Does the model need to:
produce tactile graphics,
run fast, long, or unattended such as for producing textbooks
solenoids vs hammers
Creates standard and 8.5x11” embossing
Size and cost vary with intended use.
Again use determines the type of embosser.
Schools need to purchase models adequate for use.
Models need to be compatable with programs
Older model embossers are not set up for UEB
Embossers need to be maintained regularly in order to get best performance. All papers do not emboss the same.