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Braille dots spelling Tactile Graphics


(updated Nov 2, 2011)

Guidelines for Production of Tactile Graphics


Braille Authority of North America (2010), Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics This is now the official braille code for tactile graphics.

Edman, P. K. (1992). Tactile Graphics. New York, NY: American Foundation for the Blind.

Quantum Technology: PIAF Tactile Workbook


Teaching Students to Read Tactile Graphics

Barth, J. L.. (1981). Tactile graphics guidebook. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind.
Barth, J. L., & Berla, E. P. (1982). Tangible graphs. Louisville, KY:  American Printing House for the Blind. (currently being revised and updated)


Cunningham, A.


Harrell, Lois. (2002). Teaching touch and Moving on to pages. Louisville, KY:
American Printing House for the Blind.

Kapperman, G., Heinze, T., Sticken, J., (1997) Strategies for developing
mathematics skills in students who use braille.  Sycamore, IL: Research
and Development Institute, Inc.

Keller, S. & Goldberg, I. (1997). Let's learn shapes with Shapely-Cal. Great Neck,
NY: Creative Adaptations for Learning, Inc.

Wright, S. & Pester, E. (1996), On the way to literacy (series).  Louisville, KY:
American Printing House for the Blind.

Wright, S. (2002) Moving Ahead Series. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind.

Vendors of Equipment and Materials for Tactile Graphics

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206 USA
Phone: 502-895-2405
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Fax: 502-899-2274
Tactile Graphics Kits, braille graph paper, many other products 

American Thermoform Corporation
1758 Brackett Street
LaVerne, CA 91750
Phone: 800-331-3676
Fax: 909-593-8001
Swell-Form Graphics Machines, paper, thermoform machines, Brailon, Braillabels.

Duxbury Systems, Inc.
270 Littleton Road, Unit 6
Westford, MA 01886-3523
Phone: 978-692-3000
Fax: 978-692-7912

Exceptional Teaching Inc.
5673 W. Las Positas Blvd.,Suite 207
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Toll free: 800-549-6999
Mangold Developmental Programs, ClearLabels, Locator Dots, Wikki Stix

1 UPS Way
PO Box 800
Champlain NY 12919
Phone: 800-722-3393
Pictures in a Flash (PIAF) Tactile Graphics Maker, capsule paper

Vendors of Equipment and Materials for Tactile Graphics, cont’d.

Howe Press
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02172-3490
Phone: 617-924-3490
Drawing tools, compass, protractors, raised line drawing kits

JP Trading, Inc.
477 Littlefield Ave., So. San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: 650-583-4040
Fax: 650-583-4042
Capsule paper

Pheasantland Braille and Graphics
1600 North Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57117-5911
Phone: 605-367-5082
Double-sided tooling mat and braille grid

Quantum Reading Learning Vision (formerly Quantum Technology)
PO Box 612
Pennant Hills, New South Wales 1715, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9479 3100
Picture Braille Software, Mountbatten Brailler, PIAF Tactile Workbook


Vendors of Equipment and Materials for Tactile Graphics, cont’d.

Repro-Tronics Inc.
75 Carver Ave.
Westwood, NJ 07675
Phone: 800-948-8453
Fax: 201-722-1881
Tactile Image Enhancer, Flexi-paper, Thermo-Pen, distributor of TGD graphic software

Touch Graphics, Inc.
330 West 38 Street Suite 900
New York NY 10018
Phone: 646-515-3492, Toll free: 800-884-2440
Talking Tactile Tablet, Talking Tactile Atlas of the World, Coordinate Geometry Curriculum, Math Test Delivery System, TMaps, Talking Tactile Pen and Apps (STEM binder)

ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
1853 SW Airport Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97333
Phone: 541-754 4002
TIGER embossers, Audio Graphing Calculator, IVEO graphics tablet


Craft and Art Suppliers:

Commercial Producers of Tactile Graphics

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206 USA
Phone: 502-895-2405
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Fax: 502-899-2274
Tactile Graphics for textbooks and instructional aids.  Heat and polymer process developed by Tactile Vision.

Braille Center, Region IV Education Service Center
Diane Spence, Coordinator
7145 West Tidwell
Houston, TX 77092-2096
Phone: 713-744-8144
E mail: 
Producers of Nemeth and tactile graphics for Texas textbooks

Braille Jymico, Inc.
4545, 1ere Avenue
Charlesbourg, Quebec, Canada G1H 2S8
Phone: 1-877-272-4553 or 418-624-2105
Braille textbooks and tactile graphics. Graphtact™  ink deposit method.

Edinboro University Planetarium
Dr. David Hurd, Director
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Cooper Hall 103
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
Phone: 814-732-2493
Astronomy and space science tactile graphics

Commercial Producers of Tactile Graphics, cont’d.

gh LLC
3000 Kent Ave.
Suite E2-201
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-775-3776, 866-693-3687
Math and science textbooks in braille, tactile graphics, other products and services. LaserLine™  (heat and polymer process).

Pheasantland Braille and Graphics
1600 North Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57117-5911
Phone: 605-367-5082

Princeton Braillists
76 Leabrook Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: 215-357-7715 or 609-924-5207
E-mail: Ruth Bogia ( ) or Nancy Amick (

Tactile Colour Ltd.
107 Southover Street
Brighton BN2 2UA, UK
Phone: +44(0)1273 887725 or +44(0)1237 697521
In Canada:
1329 Denman Street
Victoria, BC Canada V8R 1X4
Phone: 250 480 1610
Tactile Colour is system of twelve bold colors, each with a distinctive texture, designed to make information normally displayed in color accessible to people with visual impairments.

Commercial Producers of Tactile Graphics, cont’d.

Tactile Vision Inc.
461 North Service Rd., W. Unit B 11
Oakville, Ontario L6M 2V5
Phone: 905-465-0755
Fax: 905-465-1334
Tactile graphics produced through the deposition of a polymeric material on paper, maps.




Braille Authority of North America
BANA is the rule-making body for braille codes. Code changes, errata for recent publications and code additions are posted on the website.


California Transcribers and Educators of the Blind and Visually Impaired
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90029
Phone: 323-666-2211 (message only)
CTEVH offers an annual conference with well-attended and useful workshops. The CTEVH Journal includes skills columns and other information for members.

Canadian Braille Authority

Research in tactile graphics:

National Braille Association, Inc.
95 Allens Creek Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 202
Rochester NY 14618
Phone: 585-427-8260, FAX: 585-427-0263
E Mail:

NBA offers professional development conferences each year with workshops geared to braillists and educators. It publishes the NBA Bulletin 4 times per year. including columns for all areas of braille codes. Committee chairpersons are always willing to respond to your questions.

RNIB National Centre for Tactile Diagrams
RNIB Centre for Accessible Information
58-72 John Bright Street
Birmingham, B1 1BN UK
The website has great information about capsule paper graphics, their design and use. They host an international conference on tactile graphics. TG/emboss.asp


Individuals, Projects, Websites: (formerly named "adapted graphics")
Discussion group for those interested in development of tactile graphics

Graphics Research and Standards Project (GRASP) 2003: A joint research
project of Braille Authority of North America and Canadian Braille Authority.  The research project gathered data from braille readers about the components of tactile graphics and ease of reading.  Principal researcher: Dr. Cay Holbrook, University of British Columbia.  Co-chairs of the project: Lucia Hasty  (BANA) and Constance Craig, CBA

Sensible Graphics    Website for sharing of graphics files. Free downloads of existing graphics files.
Website devoted to production of tactile graphics

Tactile Math Graphics Page: Teaching math to visually impaired students.
Susan Osterhaus, Secondary Mathematics Teacher Texas School for the
Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin.
E mail:



The Good Tactile Graphic, American Printing House for the Blind.  Set of two
videos and a booklet.

Preparing Tactile Adaptations for Math and Science, and
Using Adaptations for Mathematics and Science (1996).  Media Resource
Center, 121 Pearson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 5001-2203.
Phone: (515) 294-1540



Need a biothermal map of Poland? Or maybe just an outline map of Brazil? 

Conduct a Google search using just the word "maps" or "outline maps" and you will find 1000's of other sites.



In addition to this site for educators and students, NASA has a bazillion sites covering every science topic you can think of. The Goddard Center has recently started including books in braille in their collection.