[Pibe-division] Students' Braille Reading Preferences?

Allison Hilliker AllisonH at benetech.org
Tue Dec 1 22:12:18 UTC 2015

Hi Everyone,

A colleague asked me a question today that I didn't have a clear answer for. Since you guys talk to way more blind students on a daily basis than I, I thought I'd ask here.

What is the most common way that K-12 students are preferring to read electronic Braille these days? Are most students still using note-takers like a Braille Note or Braille Sense? I suspect this method is still very common, but I would guess that it is less popular than it used to be. Is that true? If kids use note-takers, do they prefer BRF, DAISY, or another file type for reading texts?

If your students are not using a note-taker, are they using iPhones/iPads with Braille displays, are they hooking displays up to computers and using their screen reader with the display, or a combination of those? Are Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, or tablets most common?  And if the answer is that it varies, then which option are your Braille readers liking best? Does the answer change depending on whether they are reading a textbook or a recreational title?

Lastly, are any students preferring embossed hardcopy Braille these days, or is electronic the norm?

Just curious. Thanks in advance.


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