Moderated Re: pros and cons of Braille display

Madison Martin

I also have a Focus 40 display and couldn’t emagine not having a braille display since I’ve used one for as long as I’ve used a computer. I find them very useful for editing, especially if you get one with cursor routing buttons. I do hope that the responses that you’ve received will help you with your decsion. For you or anyone else who’s interested here’s the subscription address for the braille display users list that Johnathan mentioned:



Good luck with your decsion!!   


From: <> On Behalf Of Vaughan Dodd
Sent: April 23, 2021 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: pros and cons of Braille display


Adding to Justin’s comments:


Perfect for detailed proofreading. Unlike Justin, I read extensively with my Focus operaring sas a display. If I want standalone reading, I use another device. This extensive reading goes with my job, and because I also find prolonged and intensive reliance upon synthetic speech alone very fatiguing.


I have to provide comment on much of what I read for work, so braille display use ensures that I follow any conventions used in documentation such as case sensitivity, spelling etc.


Finally: for those of us with hearing loss, keeping braille skills sharp and using braille display technology is essential.






From: <> On Behalf Of Justin Williams
Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2021 9:00 AM
Subject: Re: pros and cons of Braille display


I have a focus 40.


I find them very useful for reading notes, and for doing presentations.

Good for reading short passages.


Not great for me, and this is just personal for reading an entire book.

I am a braille reader from birth, but I find the display kind of clunky for prolonged reading, but I don't have an 80 cell which I would assume to be better than my 40 cell for reading, so maybe the 80 would be better.


But, it is incredibly useful.



Great for a customer service agent.

Great for employment flexibility.


I would hesitate on acquiring one if I was not a fluid braille user, or if you can't really see a way it could improve you.









From: [] On Behalf Of James Bentley
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: pros and cons of Braille display




What is the difference between a reader and a Braille display?




James B 


From: <> On Behalf Of Marianne Denning
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2021 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: pros and cons of Braille display


 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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