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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

Dec 10, 2021

Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!

HumanWare is a company on a mission to "develop solutions enabling people living with visual impairment, vision loss, and even learning disabilities to develop their potential and maintain their autonomy."  One of their newest products is the Mantis Q40, which is a first-of-its-kind integrated keyboard and refreshable Braille display.

According to HumanWare's description, the Mantis Q40 is the "first-ever Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard and 40-cell refreshable Braille display that you can pair with your screen reader or smartphone or simply use as a standalone device."  Either way, you have Braille at your fingertips, every time.

Whenever a student or professional is typing on the Mantis, the refreshable Braille below the keyboard provides a "multimodal Braille complement to the screen reader, making it easier to participate in, and succeed at, school or work."

Other features include:

Contains the following built-in apps:
Basic editor for notes
Book reader to download and read books in Braille
Calculator to perform basic math calculations
Clock to check date and time
File manager to organize one's work
HumanWare signature thumb keys and home button
15 hours of battery life with rechargeable, removable batteries
16GB of internal storage
SD card slot and USB port for flash drives
And more
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I want to take a moment to thank InTRAC the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation for sponsoring our transcript today.  You can find out more about InTRAC at

That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Tracy Castillo for the lovely Laura Medcalf  with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana