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      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: English Braille Pocket Slate

      Artifact #17

      English Braille Pocket Slate
       

      Artifact Description

      11 Line, 26 Cells — Aluminum
      English Braille uses the six-dot format, but the cells are smaller, and the dots are finer.
      Royal National Institute for the Blind

      Picture of English Braille Pocket Slate

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: English Interline Pocket Slate

      Artifact #16

      English Interline Pocket Slate
       

      Artifact Description

      2 Line, 30 Cell - Chrome Slate
      English Braille has smaller dots, and the double spacing between the lines makes the Braille easier to read and allows for writing on both sides of the paper.

      Pciture of English Interline Pocket Slate

      Reading and Writing Aids: Alphabetical Representation of Braille

      Artifact #15

      Alphabetical Representation of Braille:
       

      Description of Artifact:

      This is a tool used to teach new Braille learners how to read Braille on a bigger scale.  The pegs allow Braille students to configure letters according to their Braille structure.  The alphabet is shown.

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: Upward Writing Slate

      Artifact #14

      Upward Writing Slate

       
      Artifact Description

      This upward writing slate required the use of a hollow stylus. Instead of punching paper into pits, the hollow stylus forced the paper to form caps over the raised metal dots of the Braille cell.  The advantage of this method of writing is presumed to be the ability to read what you have written without removing the paper from the slate.
      ORBIT Products, Inc.
      Box 123 Manchester, MO 63011

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: School Slate (German)

      Artifact #13

      School Slate (German) 
       

      Artifact Description

      19 Lines, 22 Cells — Zinc
      Lehrmittel Verlag
      Blindeninstitut Wein

      Picture of German School Slate
       

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: E-Z Read Pocket Slate

      Artifact #8

      E-Z Read Pocket Slate
       

      Artifact Description:

      The dots are larger and the spaces between cells and between lines are greater. This device is for individuals with a poor sense of touch.
      The slots on the far left and far right of the slate can be used as guides for Dymo Tape.
      Howe Press

      Picture of E-Z Read Pocket Slate

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: Specialty Slates

      Artifact #7

      Specialty Slates
       

      Artifact Description:

      For specialty uses, Howe Press makes an assortment of slates: the playing card slate marks any standard size playing card with Braille symbols, single line slates (for Dymo Tape), the cassette tape slate for Brailling cassette labels, and a pocket slate for post-card size paper and notes.
      Howe Press

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: Direct Braille Slate System

      Artifact #6

      Direct Braille Slate System
       

      Artifact Description

      6 Line Braille, 4 Line Jumbo Dot
      System consists of: clipboard, double-ended tethered stylus, and two slates (Standard Braille & Jumbo Braille).
      This is an upward writing system, i.e., the stylus is hollow and the Braille can be written without removing the paper from the clipboard.
      American Institute for Life Technologies
       

      Read and Writing Aids - Slate and Stylus: The Brown Slate

      Artifact #5

      The Brown Slate
       

      Artifact Description

      4 Lines, 28 Cells
      The Brown slate is a refinement of the regulation pocket slate. An extra frame has been added to hold the pins for mounting the paper so that it is possible to drop open the bottom part of the guide and read what has been written without taking the paper out of the slate itself. Good for math and crossword puzzles.
      American Printing House for the Blind - Size 8 3/8" X 2 1/4"
       

      Reading and Writing Aids - Slate & Stylus: English Pocket Slate

      Artifact #4

      English Pocket Slate

       
      Artifact Description

      3 Lines, 26 Cells — Brass Slate
      This slate was used for producing English Braille.
      Note that the back of the slate does not have pits to guide the stylus, only horizontal grooves. The top of the slate has the standard rectangular shape, but without the notches.

      Picture of English Pocket Slate

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