[Pibe-division] Teaching Braille to Student with Limited Hand Use

Smith, Pauline L PSmith4 at dmc.org
Tue Mar 18 15:22:55 UTC 2014


No.  She graduated in 2010.  No services were provided to her or her family by our state agency for quite sometime after high school.  They finally referred her to our program late last fall.  She has been on our student load since mid January and comes to class 2 or three days a week.

Pauline

P.S.  Braille instruction was begun by one VI teacher.  When teachers changed, it was not continued because it was felt there wasn't time to teach her Braille and do the other things necessary for her to keep up with high school classes.  An instructional aide was provided along with some technology which worked inconsistently.


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Is this young lady still in high school?











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Thanks, everyone for your suggestions.  The VoiceNote is like the BrailleNote with no braille display.  Unfortunately, we do not have a braille notetaker in our program.  The grant that funds the program does not support purchasing one at this time.

Pauline


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Thanks KG. I am glad to know there is a unimanual method of braille writing. I just knew that a Perkins was not so forgiving.





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R. Martin Pardue

OPSB Vision Services



"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.''

Anon.

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From: Pibe-division <pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org> on behalf of Krystal Guillory <krystalguillory at aol.com>
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You can use a Unimanual Perkins if there is adequate strength in one hand, or you can go with an electronic device such as a Mountbatten  even other notetakers. I worked with a student in seventh grade who also had CP and minimum use of one hand, and he was learning to use a braille note in one-handed mode. It makes for one extra step with writing, but it is definitely doable. In truth, the braille display actually helped him tremendously, as it was easy for him to track the few cells it afforded at a time. I hope this helps.

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On Mar 17, 2014, at 6:19 PM, Robert Pardue <robertpardue at opsb.net<mailto:robertpardue at opsb.net>> wrote:


Unfortunately, with the span it takes to reach all six keys on a Perkins, it is near impossible to braille one handed. Also, if the limitations in her functional hand is too severe, braille is not easily accessible. I have yet to come across a method for this, but if you find anything, please pass it on.





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R. Martin Pardue

OPSB Vision Services



"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.''

Anon.

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Subject: [Pibe-division] Teaching Braille to Student with Limited Hand Use

Good Afternoon,

I have been working with a young lady who cannot use her left hand and has limited use of her right hand.  She has CP and uses a wheelchair.  She lost her sight at the age of 15.  How do you teach someone with limited hand use Braille?  I was considering use the one-handed Perkins brailler for writing, but I'm not sure she has the hand strength nor the coordination for putting paper into the machine.  I have using a VoiceNote in one hand mode so far.  Any additional suggestions would be most ehlpful.

Pauline Smith


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