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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Braille Lasts Longer on PermaBraille Sheets from APH

If you are a TVI, how do you feel when you see your young students scratch out those dots you carefully and painstakingly transcribed? How often have you had to re-emboss material because the dots were just too worn down by so many fingers reading them over and over again? How many times have you wished that you could rescue the brailled pages from the spilled juice, wipe them off, and have clean, useable pages again instead of a puddle of melted pulp?

If you are a braille-using adult, are you tired of struggling to read the addresses and phone numbers in your braille address book because dots are worn down from so much use? Are the dots getting faint in those stories you brailled so that you could read and reread them to your toddlers? How often have you had that favorite recipe become unreadable because you looked at it once too often with cake flour on your hands?

If you can relate to any of these scenarios, or if you just wish you could store and reuse braille without loss of clarity of dots, then Permabraille is the right product for you. Made of opaque vinyl, it holds dots through thousands of uses, does not "melt" when substances are spilled or smudged onto it, responds well to wiping with a damp cloth, and is very difficult—if not impossible—to tear. It is pleasant to the touch and is not likely to evoke tactual sensitivity. Consider it for classroom materials that will be used by a number of students, such as supplemental stories or flash cards; braille teaching materials that will be used by a number of adult learners; and any personal braille that you want to keep and reuse over time such as recipes, address cards, or important brailled documents.

Advantages:

  • Use with a braillewriter or slate & stylus
  • Braille dots are durable and easy to read
  • Waterproof & tear-resistant
  • Receptive to permanent markers (e.g., Sharpie®) for adding print labels/notes
  • Layering of two sheets, one on top of the other, while brailling with a slate & stylus (not a braillewriter) results in equally readable copies
  • Tactile graphic displays can be created by using spur wheels (such as APH's Tactile Line-Drawing Tools) or point symbol tongs from APH's Tactile Graphics Kit

Suggested Uses:

  • Address and phone number lists
  • Recipe cards
  • Important personal records
  • Flashcards for the classroom
  • Re-useable classroom worksheets
  • Braille bulletin board displays
  • Tactile displays

(sold in packs of 50):

5" x 3" sheets:
Catalog Number: 1-08881-00

6" x 4" sheets, 2-hole drilled for APH's Braille DateBook:
Catalog Number: 1-08882-00

6" x 4" sheets:
Catalog Number: 1-08883-00

8.5" x 11" sheets:
Catalog Number: 1-08884-00

11" x 8.5" sheets:
Catalog Number: 1-08885-00

5.75 x 3.75, 6-Hole Punched
Catalog Number: 1-08886-00
Click this link to purchase PermaBraille Sheets from APH.

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
E-mail: info@aph.org
Web site: http://www.aph.org
APH Shopping Home: http://shop.aph.org

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