[blindkid] Ipad only

Linda A.Coccovizzo Linda.Coccovizzo at MCCKC.EDU
Wed Nov 12 16:37:51 UTC 2014


My girls are using the iPads with the RefreshaBrailles at school.  They are doing well with these because this is what they started out with and what they are used to.  I think though, especially my youngest, would take off with a braille note taker of some kind, and the Braille Sense devices are awesome.  If that is what your daughter is used to, I think I would push for the upgrade of that device.  I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that the school is probably planning on purchasing the iPad and then using APH quota funds to get the RefreshaBraille.  Much cheaper then a new Sense.

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From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Penny Duffy via blindkid
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:31 AM
To: Amber Hall; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List (for parents of blind children)
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Ipad only

Oh and I assume the braille display would have braille input keys.  it would A Huge No without.
On Nov 12, 2014 11:27 AM, "Penny Duffy" <pennyduffy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Abby uses an IPAD and a braille display because they have 1:1 iPads 
> district wide and it works for her. There are things the does an ok 
> job with and that's braille transcribing can have a lag.  Also the 
> braille sense is always on and ready. I  am still on thr fence and 
> Abby may need a notetaker someday. It seems silly to move your 
> daughter to an ipad only if the braille sense is working so well with 
> her. Do they have a tech eval to say the IPad is a better tool? What is thier reasoning?
> On Nov 12, 2014 10:52 AM, "Amber Hall via blindkid" 
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> wrote:
>
>> Hello, it's been a while since I've been on here. But I have a 
>> question for parents of kiddos who are using iPads with braille display at school.
>> My daughter has a braille sense. she's had it for probably four years now.
>> She does very good on it, but the school is wanting her to go to iPad 
>> only with a braille display. I'm kind of hesitant because I know I've 
>> heard negative things on here about doing that.
>> Any suggestions on what I can say to help my case when I present it 
>> to the school?
>> My daughter loves her braillesense. She's hesitant to go to the iPad 
>> because a lot of times it doesn't work for think she needs it too. 
>> And she is slow with it because she doesn't have a lot of experience with it.
>> But they still want her to transition to only ipad anyway.
>> Thanks for your help!
>>
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