Braille technology


Braille technology

Braille Technology

Braille Technology is capable of revolutionizing the lives of thousands of people because it allows them to engage in the virtual world that can not be perceived through their eyes. Braille Technology allows blind or visually impaired people to do common tasks such as writing, browsing the internet, typing in Braille and printing in text, engaging in chat, downloading files, music, using electronic mail, burning music, and reading documents. It also allows blind or visually impaired students to complete all assignments in school as the rest of sighted classmates and allows them take courses on-line. It enables professionals to do their jobs and teachers to lecture using hardware and software applications. The advances of Braille technology are meaningful because blind people can access more texts, books and libraries and it also facilitates the printing of Braille texts.

"Despite the Braille system's universal reach, the National Federation of the Blind estimates that only 10 percent of the vision-impaired are able to read Braille”. [cite web
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Software

Some of the software available currently:
*"Jaws", is a program that reads the words on the screen and enables the browsing of folders, documents and programs on Microsoft Windows.
*"Kurzweil" that allows scanning of texts into the computer and narrates it.
*“GOODFEEL” which is a Braille Music Translator that helps blind musicians and students.

Hardware

Braille displays

Braille Keyboards

Braille Keyboards may allow the use of shortcuts and possible development of touchable screens [cite web
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Braille embosser

Braille Notetakers

The Millennium Lite is a highly developed braille notetaker
#Millennium [http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=113583&top=0&productid=76080&trail=0]

ee Also

*Braille
*Perkins Brailler
*Assistive technology

References

* [http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=4&TopicID=31&DocumentID=1282 Braille Technology] , American Foundation for the Blind

External Links

* [http://www.afb.org/default.asp American Foundation for the Blind]
* [http://www.rncb.ac.uk/study/braille.shtml Braille Technology at RNC]
* [http://www.dancingdots.com/main/productsandservices.htm Dancing Dots]
* [http://www.lssproducts.com/category/assistive_technology Assistive Technology Products]


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