Refreshable Braille Displays

Basic Facts about Refreshable Braille Displays

A refreshable Braille display is a device that is added to a computer.  The refreshable Braille display provides the text that is displayed on the screen in Braille.  As the user moves the cursor on the page the Braille on the device is updated.  A refreshable Braille display is controlled by speech output software.

People who cannot read the computer screen often need or want to use Braille to read the screen.  This may because they have hearing loss or because they process information better with Braille than through auditory means.  Some people may use speech with a refreshable Braille display.

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