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Perkins Brailler

The Perkins Brailler is a manually-operated machine used to write braille. The Perkins Brailler is a "braille typewriter" with a key corresponding to each of the six dots of the braille code. By simultaneously pressing different combinations of the six keys, users can create any of the characters in the braille code. Like a manual typewriter, it has two side knobs to advance paper through the machine and a carriage return lever above the keys. The rollers that hold and advance the paper have grooves designed to avoid crushing the raised dots the brailler creates.

To view a short video about braille writing devices choose one of the following links:

Video on braille writing devices in Windows Media format
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Transcript of braille writing devices video

For more information on where to purchase a Perkins Brailler, visit AFB's Product Database.

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