Re: Using a Braille display with one working hand

Dave Grossoehme

The first thought on this is the question of your companies IT Department.  Have you checked to make sure they will allow the Braille Display and it's software?  I don't know if things have changed in awhile.  I have seen where it is a fight on a blind person's self, to add hardware and/or software.  I'd make sure you can add it before making the purchase.


On 8/27/2022 1:17 PM, Pranav Lal wrote:
Hi all,

I have been thinking about using a Braille display. This is because of the
following reasons.
1. I am fed up with having to coordinate multiple sound sources while I am
on Microsoft teams calls. I'll have a colleague speaking, NVDA speaking and
another colleague messaging me on Microsoft teams. I have audio ducking
disabled but I still have a loss of volume. I suspect this is more a
soundcard driver issue but this is an office laptop and it is a huge
struggle getting IT to make any changes to the defaults..
2. I find headphones uncomfortable. I have tried bone conduction ones as
well and much prefer having my head free. Moreover, I plan to be wearing
video glasses when using the vOICe which makes the use of headphones even
more uncomfortable.

I have a partly formed left palm such that I cannot grip with it and do not
have independent control of the fingers. They look like stubs of fingers
though they do have nails etc.

The upshot of all this is that I am wondering if a Braille display will
really work for me. I can get a 20-cell orbit reader here but am wondering
if it is worth the investment.

As of now, I am used to getting immediate feedback when I type, and 6-key
entry is something I do not fancy so am wondering if I can use a keyboard
and a display at the same time. What I suspect is that I will have to use a
mix of speech and Braille with the braille primarily for reading.

Anyone any thoughts?

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