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Friday, November 05, 2010

Braille Slates from APH

APH offers a wide variety of slates and other unique devices for writing braille and print. Click this link to watch APH Slates, with Fred Gissoni

Note: All slates include a stylus. Recommended ages for all slates: 6 years and up.


Slate Holder

Rugged vinyl carrying case will hold any APH Pocket or slate. Second pocket holds two styluses or wooden erasers. Flap seals with hook/loop material. Belt loop and holes that fit a 3-ring binder. Measures approximately 3 1/2 x 9 inches. Slates and styluses sold separately.

Slate Holder:
Catalog Number: 1-00082-00
Click this link to purchase a Slate Holder from APH.

Lightweight Aluminum Slates

6 Lines, 19 Cells with Flat Stylus:
Catalog Number: 1-00083-00

4 Lines, 28 Cells with Saddle Stylus:
Catalog Number: 1-00084-00

Please Note: The above two slates are not available for purchase with Federal Quota funds. All other APH slates below are available with Federal Quota funds.

4 x 6 Interpoint Braille Slate 4x6 Interpoint Slate -- 21 Cell, 9 Lines, Plastic -- 6 1/2 x 4 inches
Catalog Number: 1-00088-00
Click this link to purchase the 4 x 6 Interpoint Braille Slate: 21 Cell, with Saddle Stylus.

Brown Braille Slate Brown Slate -- 28 Cell, Lightweight Metal -- 8 3/8 x 2 1/4 inches
Catalog Number: 1-00170-00
Click this link to purchase the Brown Braille Slate: 28 Cell, with Large Handle Stylus.

Interpoint Braille Slate Interpoint Pocket Slate -- 28 Cell, Lightweight Metal, Slotted for labeling tape -- 8 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Catalog Number: 1-00081-01
Click this link to purchase the Interpoint Braille Slate: 28 Cell, with Large Handle Stylus.

Pocket Braille Slate Pocket Slate, Pins Down -- 28 Cell, Lightweight Metal -- 8 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Catalog Number: 1-00090-00

Pocket Slate, Pins Up -- 28 Cell, Plastic -- 8 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Catalog Number: 1-00080-00

Pocket Slate, Pins Up -- 28 Cell, Heavyweight Metal, slotted for labeling tape -- 8 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Catalog Number: 1-00160-00
Click this link to purchase any of the Pocket Braille Slates.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
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Judy Dixon's Collection of Braille and Tactile-writing Devices

As a primary tool of literacy, the slate and stylus is a blind person's pencil with similar advantages--extremely portable, relatively low in cost, does not require batteries or electricity, and has no moving parts that can easily break. The collection on this site presently consists of 261 unique slates and other items from 29 countries.

Click this link to visit

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