Tips On Erasing Dots

There are different types of braille erasers. Hadley materials for the Braille Literacy 3 course contain an eraser that is a white nylon piece similar in shape to a pencil, but thicker. It is approximately 5 inches long. The thinner, pointed end is used to flatten braille dots, allowing you to erase them. You may also use a stylus to erase dots.

Method 1:
Hold the braille eraser straight up and down, not slanted. Press the tip of the eraser on the dot(s) to be removed. Press straight down and then move the eraser in a circular motion. Use enough pressure to remove the dot(s) without making a hole in the paper. It takes some practice to determine the amount of pressure needed for erasing.

When using a braillewriter, roll the line where the error has been made until it is on the paper support bar. Use the braille eraser as explained and then roll the paper back to resume your work.

When using a slate and stylus, before erasing, remove the paper and place it on a hard, flat surface with the dots facing up. Use the braille eraser as explained. Then place your paper back in the slate to resume your work.

If you happen to erase more dots than necessary, place your paper back in the braillewriter or slate and re-emboss the dots.

Method 2:
Place your paper on a soft surface. Use your stylus, instead of your braille eraser, to locate the dot(s) to be erased. Push the dot(s) through to the other side.

Keep the amount of erasures to a minimum. Erasures should be made with the utmost care. Always be sure to proofread your work after erasing.

(Submitted by: Vileen Shah, Martha Pamperin and Susan Fisher; Last updated: September 7, 2009)

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