More Braille Display Chords for the Young Student: Layla

There are 6 chords that Layla consistently uses now that she is in first grade: R chord, P chord, O chord, G chord, H chord, and D chord.

(See previous blog for R chord and P chord introduction).

O Chord (O is for Over)

The O chord (1+3+5+space) is a way to to skip “over” to the next page on the iPad.

*The corresponding voice over gesture is the 3 finger swipe left.

G Chord (G is for Grade)

The G chord (1+2+4+5+space) allows you to change between uncontracted (Grade 1) and contracted (Grade 2) braille output on the braille display.

Note: In iOS 9 and 10, G Chord toggles between uncontracted and contracted Braille Output.  Dropped H Chord (2+3+6+space) toggles Braille Input.  

H Chord (H is for Home)

The H chord (1+2+5+space) takes you to the home screen of the iPad.

D Chord (D is for Delete)

The D chord (1+2+4+space) is to delete.

Young fingers aligning with corresponding braille input keys to create a braille chord command.

Ideas for Using and Practicing Chords:

  • O Chord: Place the student’s favorite app on the second page of the iPad so he/she needs to use the O chord to get to the app he/she wants.
  • R Chord & P Chord: Write a story in a Pages document about the student. Ask the student to use the R chord to listen to the story. Ask the student to use the P chord to pause at certain points in the story.
  • G Chord: Have the student write in a Pages document. Ask them to switch between uncontracted and contracted braille output to compare the spelling/contraction for a specific word.
  • H Chord: When a student is finished with an app, they can use the H chord to get back to the home screen.
  • D Chord: When writing in a Pages document, use the D chord to delete. (The setting on the rotor will determine if a character, word, or line will be deleted). 

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