Special Education

Tactile Graphics Resources for TVIs

Need Tactile Graphics?  Here are some great resources and suggestions!

For quality tactile maps, atlases, and drawings, go to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired site: http://www.tsbvi.edu/Education/tactile-graphics.htm

Or contact the Princeton Braillists:

http://mysite.verizon.net/resvqbxe/princetonbraillists/ external link

Or (if you have Corel Draw and a PIAF, Swell-Form Graphics Machine, or Tactile Image Enhancer) go to Canada’s Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired for a huge collection of graphics:

http://www.prcvi.org/files/tactilegraphics/index.html external link

http://snipurl.com/xnbxa external link

Graphics that are tactile, audio, and visual, like those made with the Talking Tactile Pen applications by Touch Graphics/Smith Kettlewell http://www.touchgraphics.com/research/pen.htm external link are wonderful multi-sensory tools for teaching blind, visually impaired, and even learning disabled students.  The graphics that are just braille (from APH and Princeton Braillists) don't have print labels for non-braille readers, but used in conjunction with print versions of the graphic might be helpful to some students.  ViewPlus Technologies is also working on similar curriculum support materials in tactile/audio/visual formats http://www.viewplus.com/solutions/touch-audio-learning/ external link.  Having good description to accompany graphics is always a great help. The National Center for Accessible Media has done a dynamite job of defining steps for descriptions, especially for STEM subjects, but the process works for all subjects.
http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx external link

For information about Raised Line and Tactile Papers and additional Tactile Graphics Resources, please open and read the following documents:

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Last Updated: July 26, 2010