Braille Writer

Perkins Brailler

A brailler, also called a braille writer, is a kind of braille typewriter. Paper is inserted from in the machine. The raised braille dots that are made into the paper can be read with the fingers.

Identifying the keys
There is row of keys across the lower part of the brailler. The large key in the middle is the space bar. Use it to make a blank space between words and sentences.

The three smaller keys to the left and to the right of the space bar correspond to the six dots in the braille cell and are used to make the braille characters.

The slightly raised key on the far left is the line down key; the similar key on the far right is the back space key. The large curved shape above the keys is the carriage return.

Paper is inserted through a slot in the top back of the brailler. The round grey knobs at each side of the brailler are turned toward you to roll the paper into the machine.

How to Use the Brailler

Braille Cell

Imagine the braille cell spread out in a line like this: 321 456
Transfer this pattern to the brailler keyboard:

The key immediately to the left of the space bar is dot 1.
The next key to the left is dot 2.
The third key to the left is dot 3.

The key immediately to the right of the space bar is dot 4.
The next key to the right is dot 5.
The third key to the right is dot 6.

In your mind, number your fingers:
Left hand: pointer is dot 1, middle finger is dot 2, ring finger is dot 3
Right hand: pointer is dot 4, middle finger is dot 5, ring finger is dot 6

To make the letter a, with your left hand finger 1 (pointer) press key 1.
To make the letter b, press the keys for dots 1 and 4 (both pointer fingers) at the same time.

To write the word run press keys for dots 1, 2, 3, 5 at the same time for r; dots 1, 3, 6 at the same time for u and dots 1, 3, 4, 5 at the same time for n. You have brailled the word run. Press the space bar and braille another word.

Braille Cell

It is a matter of matching the dot numbers in the alphabet chart with the corresponding finger and keys on the brailler.

Here is a braille alphabet chart for reference.

a
a
b
b
c
c
d
d
e
e
f
f
g
g
h
h
i
i
j
j
k
k
l
l
m
m
n
n
o
o
p
p
q
q
r
r
s
s
t
t
u
u
v
v
w
w
x
x
y
y
z
z