Accession Number: 2003.185.66

Description: Tellatouch is a device for communication with a deaf-blind person who reads braille. Similar to a small portable typewriter, Tellatouch has a 4-row keyboard. Letters of the alphabet and puncutation mark keys make up the first 3 rows. The bottom row consists of six standard braille keys. Pushing the keys raises metal pins in a single braille cell located at the top back of the machine. A deaf-blind individual can read the cell by touch as the keys are typed by another individual. The device has a hinged lid with a metal clasp that covers the keys. The exterior is beige textured plastic. A metal plate on top of machine reads: "Communication in Braille, Tellatouch, American Foundation for the Blind." The device weighs about 3 1/2 pounds. Leather straps are attached to the back of the machine. A Kentucky School for the Blind property label with no. 105657 is attached to the bottom.

Height: 2.75

Width: 10

Depth: 9

Date Made: ca. 1954

Place of Origin: New York

Collection: KSB Collection

History/Provenance: KSB Collection

Credit Line: Gift of the Kentucky School for the Blind, 2003.185

Subjects: Braille Communication devices Deaf-blind Assistive technology

Made: American Foundation for the Blind

Material: Plastic, metal, leather

Updated: 06/15/2018