Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Braille Device: Personal Notetaker and 32 Cell Refreshable Braille

The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices.
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

The BrailleNote Apex BT 32 Braille Notetaker technology offers:

  • The thinnest and lightest Braille notetaker anywhere
  • Powerful KeySoft applications for dynamic real-time communications
  • New Windows CE 6 operating system
  • Extensive connectivity
  • Enhanced support for large documents and media files
  • Plug and play visual display
  • Convenient user-replaceable battery
  • Integrated real-time clock maintains time and date for 30 days without battery power

The BrailleNote Apex has built-in options to access Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from wireless or Ethernet networks. It offers the convenience of wireless accessories and connectivity to keyboards, a wireless earphone or mobile phone using the improved Bluetooth manager. Printers, embossers, hard drives and flash drives connect easily to one of the three available USB ports. Users can keep an updated list of personal contacts and appointments by synchronizing information with their PC. The BrailleNote’s keyboard can be used to input Braille or navigate with the user’s computer screen reader using the Braille Terminal Mode.

The BrailleNote Apex has 8 GB of internal memory and various portable storage options, including support for high-capacity SDHC cards. It offers outstanding stereo sound capabilities for playing back records, listening to audio books, interviews, news, music, or any of the thousands of internet radio programs. The KeySoft Suite of applications is both user-friendly and efficient for quick review of applications and settings and an extensive set of shortcut commands for instant access to any desired feature.

Technical Facts

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows CE 6 operating system
  • 8GB of non-volatile user storage
  • 256 MB SDRAM


  • One SD card socket supporting SDHC cards
  • Built-in Ethernet port (10/100Mbps)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g protocol
  • Built-In Bluetooth 2.1
  • One high-speed USB 2.0 client port for Active Sync and Braille Terminal Mode
  • 3 high speed USB 2.0 host ports
  • Optional USB voice modem
  • Optional GPS receiver via Bluetooth


  • 32 cell refreshable Braille display
  • 8-dot Braille keyboard (BT model)
  • Speech output with choice of TTS
  • Stereo speakers
  • Internal Omni Directional Microphone
  • Rechargeable and user-replaceable lithium-ion Battery
  • Real-time Clock with 30-day battery backup
  • External speaker / headphone and microphone jacks
  • Weight: 812 grams (1.35 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 19 mm (0.78 in) H x 244 mm (9.61 in) W x 143 mm (5.63 in) D
  • Processor: Freescale iMX3


Last Updated: 08/12/2011
Last Reviewed: 11/29/2017

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