One of the contestants to head to finals for Braille Challenge was interviewed for the AL.com, a website serving Alabama. Rachel demonstrates an electronic braillewriter when she is interviewed.
Most of us work with traditional Perkins braillewriters and never have an opportunity to examine the electronic version. I had a young student struggling with pressing the keys down on the traditional Perkins braillewriter. He would triple his fingers just to get one key down. With help from the occupational therapist, the student continued to work on strength building activities but we needed something to assist with writing. I submitted for the electronic version for the student. This was very helpful for him. The keys are much easier to depress – he only needed one finger per key (finally). The only difficulty we had was finding a plug close enough to his desk in the classroom.