[Athen] Portable printers

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Mon Sep 23 09:03:11 PDT 2019

I have never been asked this question, which surprises me.

But this quarter we have more visually impaired students than we've had in a while. They have either an iPAD, a Braille Note-taker or a laptop with a magnification solution. This is what they used in high school to prepare assignments, but then they went over to their special ed room to print those up.

I happen to know many of these classes have in-class assignments, and one item I thought I'd start investigating are portable printers that a BVI student could easily carry around.

When I took gseveral CIS classes in the middle '80s, I carried a Diconix portable printer everywhere and used it to print work right in class. It ran on batteries and had some ink issues but it worked well enough to get an assignment done using in those days WordPerfect and MS-DOS.

Though I've seen battery-operated printers in the stores, they are mostly for photos. Does anyone know about printers which print Word documents someone could actually use on the go?


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