Moderated Re: pros and cons of Braille display

Van Lant, Robin

I can see the benefit of routing the cursor right to where you want it. I find I’m often arrowing back to hear a spelling of a word when proof-reading my work. 


If you are in Excel, does the display show you just the contents of the cell you have focus on?





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I find the opposite with the Orbit Reader 40.

It is a great display to use with Jaws. It has the 40 cells and cursor routing keys which help a lot when editing.

The support from Orbit Research has been excellent.

And, you cannot beat the feel of the braille on the Orbit display. Especially if you are not a really good braille reader, the more pronounced braille will be a great help.

There is an email list for the ORBIT displays. I have some information on them on my web site, along with the email subscription fo for the email group. Look foh the heading Orbit research information at





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On Apr 23, 2021, at 1:17 PM, Marianne Denning <marianne@...> wrote:

  There are lots of ways that a braille note taker can be helpful. I mean a braille Display. You can very quickly move your Kircher where you want it to go if you have curse around and keys. Remember, the orbit reader is meant to be a reader and not a braille display for a computer. I wouldn’t spend any money on the orbit reader because I have found it to be extremely poor quality and have not found getting help with it beneficial.

On Apr 23, 2021, at 2:03 PM, Van Lant, Robin via <Robin_Van_Lant@...> wrote:

I have a topic I’d like some input on. If I should take it elsewhere or talk to someone offline by phone, please advise a direction to go.   I am a JAWS user and really cannot function on a computer without speech, but still have a tiny pinhole of usable vision due to RP.  I use Braille for labeling things around the house, but am not a proficient reader, especially when beyond some two letter contractions.  Braille displays have always seemed too expensive, especially given that using one would feel more like an experiment now, given my poor efficiency. Yet, as my vision decreases, I’ve wondered if a Braille display (such as the Orbit) would be useful.  I’m not planning to use it to read books, but I’d like better understanding of why some of you use it.  I’ll be paying for it out of my own pocket, so this is a decision I don’t take lightly.  Does it add value to editing and formatting in Office 365 applications?  Does it give incrased accessibility to webpages or is that really the same accessibility that listening to JAWS gives?  What else should I consider in this decision? 


Thanks for any insights.



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