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Braille Writing Devices and Labelers

People who are not able to read print with low vision aids often use Braille writing products.  These tools include:

  • Slate and Stylus
  • Braille Writers
  • Braille Labelers

Slate and Stylus

The most low technology method of writing Braille, comparable to writing print with pen or pencil, is to emboss each Braille dot using a slate and stylus. This method ordinarily requires writing from right-to-left. One can also write from left-to-right by writing upside down but this is generally more prone to errors.

Braille Writers

The two most common types of Braille Writers are the Perkins Brailler and the Jot-A-Dot. Braille writers might be equated to a typewriter.  The user puts paper in the Braille writer and uses a combination of six keys and the space bar.  The six keys can form letters, contractions, or symbols used in Braille.

While many people who are blind might use Braille Writers to jot down notes or other things, the most common use of Braille Writers in the U.S. is to teach Braille.  Many young students have used Perkins Braillers to learn Braille.  They are sturdy machines and often young people find them hard to use.  A newer Braille Writer, Jot a Dot, is lighter and easier to key.

Learn more about these Braille Writers:

Braille Labelers

Despite advances in technology, people who are blind or severely visually impaired need a way to label common items for daily activities.  This may include labeling files at work or one's favorite CDs or DVDs.

People who are blind may use adhesive labeling tape and sheets, use portable Braille labelers, or purchase pre-made labels to meet this type of need.

Braille labelers allow sighted persons or people who are blind to make labels written in Braille.  These labels might be used for labeling CDs or DVDs or files at work. Portable Braille labelers are available at Independent Living Aids.

Many different types of Braille labels are available, from stick-on labels to plastic clothing markers. Independent Living Aids has many available styles.