Description of Practice Perspective: Using a New Electronic Brailler to Improve Braille Learning at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
When Mary Lou Hofmann, the principal of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB), was at a conference in 2012, she encountered an electronic brailler that had just been introduced to the market. The SMART Brailler, manufactured by Perkins Solutions, Perkins School for the Blind, is an electronic device that has a video screen and provides audio feedback. It displays and speaks letters and words as a student brailles them, which provides instant feedback to a student, allowing him or her to work independently. The video screen on the device is designed to allow parents of children with visual impairments and teachers who educate such students in inclusive classrooms to observe visually in Roman letters what students are writing in braille.