Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Tips for Technology Needs of Academic Braille User

Girl using braille notetaker

While the needs of each students are different, here is a quick list of some of the most common technology needs of academic braille users who are college-bound.  

what are the tech needs of an academic college-bound braille user?

Computer Skills:

  1. Keyboarding skills
  2. Screen reader skills (JAWS, NVDA, Voiceover, etc.)
  3. Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Powerpoint), OR if using a Mac computer with Voiceover: Pages/Numbers/Keynote

Digital Media Skills:

  1. Individual account with Bookshare and/or Learning Ally and/or Bard (NLS) and ability to retrieve his/her own media (auditory and/or braille through device)
  2. Listening/Reading device: could be a braille notetaker, a laptop, a tablet/phone, or a DAISY player)

Internet Use:

Braille notetaker, refreshable braille display, and/or computer and/or tablet/phone

Email Use:

Braille notetaker, refreshable braille display and/or computer and/or tablet/phone

Mobile Phone Use:

With auditory capabilities (examples: Google Talk, Voiceover)

Use of a Scan & Read/Optical Character Recognition Option

Either a standalone device OR a combination of scanner+computer+OCR software

Use of a Graphing Calculator

Handheld Orion Talking TI-84 or Viewplus Audio Graphing Calculator software on a computer
Girl using braille notetaker



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