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Some students who are blind can create their own Braille output.

Computer readable media combined with screen reader software and a speech synthesizer make text accessible to a student who is blind. Adding a scanner with optical character recognition capabilities allows the user to scan text from a printed document and convert the text to speech. Braille translation software can take electronic text and convert it to a Braille format that can be printed on a Braille embosser. In addition, refreshable Braille displays, where plastic pins create Braille symbols, translate text on a computer screen into Braille, line by line. With access to these technologies, a blind person can independently produce much of their own Brailled material.