Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

BrailleTouch

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

BrailleTouch

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BrailleTouch is a braille input program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This app enables a person to type words into an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch in braille rather than using the standard touchscreen keyboard. BrailleTouch features a split keyboard design based on the layout of the braille cell. Dots 1, 2, and 3 are arranged vertically on the left side while dots 4, 5, and 6 are arranged in the same way on the right side of the screen. The current version is based on U.S. English and North American Grade 1 uncontracted braille; and it supports upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and most punctuation. To type with BrailleTouch, the user holds the device with two hands with the screen facing away from him or her in landscape orientation. The first three fingers of the user's left and right hands fall on the left and right sides of the screen, respectively. Tapping dot 1 with left index finger and the app will speak the letter "A." BrailleTouch will speak "apostrophe" when the left ring finger types dot 3. The user can tap dot 4 with his or her right index finger and the app will speak the "at-sign," and tap dot 6 with right ring finger and BrailleTouch will speak "capital. …

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