Narrator: Using Braille Displays with iOS Devices: Introduction to the Course. Scott Davert, Helen Keller National Center.
Image description: The title of the course, “Using Braille Displays with iOS Devices” is at the top of the screen. A video of the presenter speaking into the camera is on the left side of the screen and a sign language interpreter is on the right. Images of the devices will be displayed as the presenter describes them.
Scott: Welcome to this series of modules on using braille displays with iOS devices. As everyone knows, the smartphone and tablet market has exploded overnight. With people getting access, to email, any kind of websites, all sorts of apps and things on their phones and tablets that they never really had access in such small devices before. And it has really changed the way in which we interact with individuals in our society. That’s also true for people who are DeafBlind. For example, today when I was on my way here, I was able to check to see if my train was running on time. Then I communicated with the train conductor that I needed assistance getting off my train, while he used a Bluetooth keyboard that was connected to my iOS device and I had a braille display connected to it.
Narrator: Image of a portable braille display, an iPhone in the “Notes” app with the text on the screen reading, “Hello, can I help you?” and a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard.
Scott: After I got change for lunch, I used an application to identify the bills that I got back in my change, so that I could organize them correctly.
Narrator: Three images of iOS apps used to identify money.
Scott: So, in a lot of ways, the iOS devices combined with a braille display have opened up a lot of new opportunities and have a lot of DeafBlind people become much more independent than they used to be. Now the purpose of this series of modules is to educate you on general information concerning braille devices on iOS. While we’ll also show you how to pair and talk about the various amounts of options available, and also how to train a DeafBlind person on how to most effectively use these braille displays with their iDevices.