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Friday, August 29, 2008

Plastic Sheets: Great for Braille Labels

There are so many things that need to be labeled around a house. CD and DVD cases, boxes, electronics, document folders and binders, frozen foods, picture albums, the list goes on and on. The following products are designed to be rolled into a braille writer and feature a removable backing that will make it easy for you to cut out your own braille labels in whatever size you need. Note that some are of a lower quality and would be good for temporary use, while the ones sold by APH are thicker and designed to hold up to read after read.

Braillable Labels and Sheets from APH

These clear, blank self-adhesive labels can be brailled and used to label items around the home, school, and office, such as: household appliances; canned goods; greeting cards; books; CDs; folders. The labels come in a variety of packages and sizes for convenience. The pre-cut, peel-off Large and Small labels accommodate braille lines that are 15 cells wide, with four lines fitting on the large and two on the small labels. Full-Size and Pin-Fed Sheets offer more room for brailling and can be cut to the desired size. A printed SimBraille sheet is included with each package to assist in determining size and placement.

Assorted Label Pack (5 Large Sheets, 5 Small Sheets, 10 Full-Size Sheets, 30 Pin-Fed Sheets):
Catalog Number: 1-08871-00

Small Label Pack (10 Sheets, 18 labels (3.87 x 0.95) per Sheet):
Catalog Number: 1-08872-00

Large Label Pack (10 Sheets, 10 Labels (3.875 x 1.75) per Sheet):
Catalog Number: 1-08873-00

Braillable Sheets

15 Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, full-size):
Catalog Number: 1-08874-00

30 Continuous Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, pin-fed):
Catalog Number: 1-08875-00

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Cleer Adheer

This product is sold by Amazon and works great for putting braille on household items. The description says, "Laminate documents without heat or special equipment. Super-strong, transparent Mylar gives waterproof, tear-resistant, permanent protection. Easy to use, just peel off backing and apply. Can be cut to any size - grid pattern on back makes trimming easy." It's sold in packs of fifty pages, 9 x 12 size.

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Fellowes Self Adhesive Laminating Sheets

Another product at Amazon is the Fellowes Self Adhesive Laminating Sheets. I have not tried this product, but the descriptionn says that they are great for "laminating heat sensitive materials. Convenient self-adhesive sheets are easy to use and do not require a laminating machine. Use one sheet for single-sided lamination or two sheets for double-sided lamination." While we're not looking at laminating items, the sheets Can be trimmed to fit various sizes and may be good for braille. Sold in fifty sheets a box, 9 x 11 1/2 in size.

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Deborah Norling said...

I have been using Dennissons laminating plastic for years. It is extremely durable. I have, for example, a keyboard that a friend labeled in Braille 20 years ago with a tiny Dennissons label on most keys, and none of them has peeled off. I buy this stuff at Office Max, Office Depot or similar office supply stores, by simply asking at the counter. It is completely transparent. I don't use it though for labeling anything I will soon throw away like a box of oatmeal. If making very tiny labels, for example like in the keyboard example above, I ask a sighted person to cut the tiny labels and round the corners. I also use it to label appliances with flat panels, like microwaves.

Deborah Norling said...

For years, I've used the fully transparent Denison's laminating plastic. I purchase it at office supply stores. For tiny labels, like on the flat panel buttons of a microwave or dishwasher, or on a PC keyboard, I ask a sighted person to cut out the fingernail size labels and round the corners. The roll easily in to a Braille writer and the backing doesn't peel off until you're ready to do it. They are too pricey for temporary labels like brailling on a box of oatmeal but they last for years. I have a keyboard with function and cursor keys labeled 20 years ago, and the Braille is as fresh as the day it was made.

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