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Braille+ QWERTY Docking Station




Name Of Tool: The name of the assistive electronic device is QWERTY Docking Station.



What It Does: The QWERTY Docking Station is designed specifically to be used with the Braille+ Mobile Manager and the Refreshabraille 18. The QWERTY Docking Station turns into a lap top computer when the Braille+ Mobile Manager is attached. The QWERTY Docking Station must be attached to the Braille+ Mobile Manage and the Refreshabraille 18 to receive input from those devices.



Targeted Group: The QWERTY Docking Station is designed specifically for students that are blind and visually impaired. It is not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.




Braille+ QWERTY Docking Station Keys Descriptions




Key Label Definitions: The QWERTY Docking Station keys that are displayed in the picture above are defined in the list below:

  • Ports and Connectors: The ports and connectors are used to connect the alternating current (AC) power port, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) client port, the Ethernet port, and the USB host port.
    1. The AC power port is used to connect the QWERTY Docking Station to the power supply block used to charge the battery or use the electrical outlet in the wall.
    2. USB client port is used to plug-in the flash drive to upload and download data.
    3. Ethernet port is used to connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet electronic device that allows one to connect with local area networks such as the office email.
    4. The USB host port is different from the client port in that it is used to connect other electronic lap tops or desk top computers to transfer data between the docking station with lap tops or desk tops.
  • Application: The application button is used to access a list of available programs  such as downloading audio books, playing music, internet browsing, word processing, and so forth.
  • Release Lever: The release lever is used to unlock and release the Braille+ Mobile Manager from the dock door. 
  • Dock Door: The docking door is used to insert the Braille+ Mobile Manager or the Refreshabraille 18 into the QWERTY Docking Station.
  • Menu: The menu button is used to locate choices within various programs listed in the applications option. 
  • Help: The help button is a resource tool used to obtain assistance in implementing a command while in a program such as word processing, playing music, browsing the internet, and other functions.
  • On, Off, Volume, Reset: The on and off button is one button and used to turn device on or off. The volume button controls the level of sound. The reset button returns the document to the beginning of the program.
  • Status: The status button is used to get information about the selection, to repeat a phrase, appointment, or to spell something.
  • Key Board: The computer key board is used for typing text.
  • Wrist rest: The wrist rest is a retractable bar that extends from the key board to support the wrists while typing.                          

Features: The QWERTY Docking Station cannot function without the Braille+ Mobile Manager or the Refreshabraille 18. With the device inserted into the QWERTY Docking Station, it has the features listed below:


  • Type notes while listening to a lecture
  • Download and record music or books
    Note: The time allotted for recording material before having to recharge the device, depends upon the desired sound quality. If a high sound quality is selected then there will be less recording time as opposed to more recording time when lower quality sound is selected. 
  • Perform word processing functions to type and edit homework
  • Browse the World Wide Web wirelessly to conduct research, download and transfer documents, play computer games and chat online
  • Read and respond to emails and log-on to the office local area networks
  • Use flash drives connected to USB client port to upload documents wirelessly                                     


Web Resources: Please visit the online links listed below to learn more about the QWERTY Docking Station:


Base Cost: The base cost for the QWERTY Docking Station including warranty is listed below:


A PH Product #

Item Description/Name



QWERTY Docking Station

$ 500.00


Rechargeable Battery

$   79.95


A C-DC A dapter

$   64.95


Carrying Case

$   59.95


One-Year Extended Hardware Maintenance A greement (HMA)

$   75.00


            * Prices based on the APH Instructional Products Catalog 2010-2011

The QWERTY Docking Station is now available to order on the Instructional Materials Operating Distribution System (IMODS) Media Guide using funds available from the A PH Federal Quota Program for your qualified legally blind students.

To learn more about this device, you may access their online catalog at (Outside Source).


If you would like to order a product from APH and it is not available on IMODS, please contact James Morrison, Staff Service Analyst by phone at 916-323-1329 or by e-mail at If you have questions regarding information presented in this document, please contact Olga Cid , Education Programs Consultant by phone 916-319-0959 or by e-email at                                                          

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