Technical aids - Hardware

 

In the classroom, most braille pupils use a laptop with braille display and screen reader. If the pupil doesn't have to switch classrooms, it is possible to use a desktop computer. A braille display doesn't work independently, it has to be connected to a computer. The mainstream teachers and the peers can see on the screen what the braille pupil is reading on the braille display.

Some pupils have a braille note taker. Braille note takers can be used independently without a computer, but they don't have a built-in screen. They have six or eight braille buttons, one for each braille dot, so the user can enter the braille symbol manually. Some braille note takers don't have these buttons, but a small keyboard. Most braille note takers can be connected to a computer and used as braille display as well.

This pupil is using a portable laptop with 40-character braille display

This pupil is using a portable laptop with 40-character braille display.

This pupil is using a desktop computer with 80-character braille display

This pupil is using a desktop computer with 80-character braille display.

This pupil is using a 40-character braille note taker, which he connects with his laptop most of the time

This pupil is using a 40-character braille note taker, which he connects with his laptop most of the time.