Activity 7 – Practical Writing

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch & hearing

Assistive procedures helpful for maintaining this activity are:

  • Using Braille.
  • Using high technology devices or software.
  • Using low vision materials and non-optical devices or equipment.

We will begin with:

Using Braille

Braille is a system of digital writing incorporating patterns of six raised dots that represent characters. It is a highly useful method of nonvisual written communication that should be learned, at least on a basic level, by all low vision people. Braille may be produced in several ways.


Using high technology devices or software

Produce Braille with:

  • A Braille embosser attached to a computer.
  • A refreshable Braille display.
  • An accessible computer-based word processor.
  • An accessible personal digital assistant, or PDA.

You can let a computer do your writing for you with dictation software.


Using low vision materials and non-optical devices or equipment

Produce Braille:

  • With a slate and stylus to create each dot from the back of the page.
  • By writing in mirror image by hand.
  • With a Braille typewriter or Perkins Brailler.

Write by hand using paper embossed with raised lines.

Learn to touch type.


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