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Braille dots spelling Tactile Graphics

RESOURCES

(updated August 8, 2014)

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.

 

Teaching Students to Read Tactile Graphics

Hasty, L. A., Editor. (Release scheduled for Fall of 2014). Secret Language of Lines. Colorado Springs, CO: Rocky Mountain Braille Associates

Hasty, L. A. Teaching Braille and Tactile Graphics with Lucia Hasty DVD. Perkins Products, Inc., Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02172-3490. Phone: 617-924-3490

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)

Harrell, L. (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. (Available from AERBVI)

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

Wright, S. & Stratton, J. M. (2007), On the way to literacy, Second Edition (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
E-mail: info@aph.org
Website: www.aph.org
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
E-mail atc@americanthermoform.com
Website:  www.americanthermoform.com
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
Website: www.DuxburySystems.com

Exceptional Teaching Inc.
5673 W. Las Positas Blvd.,Suite 207
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Toll free: 800-549-6999
E-mail: info@exceptionalteaching.net
Website: www.exceptionalteaching.net 
Mangold Developmental Programs, ClearLabels, Locator Dots, Wikki Stix

Humanware
1 UPS Way
PO Box 800
Champlain NY 12919
Phone: 800-722-3393
E-mail: us.info@humanware.com
Website: www.humanware.com
Pictures in a Flash (PIAF) Tactile Graphics Maker, capsule paper

Perkins Products, Inc.
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02172-3490
Phone: 617-924-3490
Teaching Braille and Tactile Graphics with Lucia Hasty DVD

Pheasantland Braille and Graphics
1600 North Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57117-5911
Phone: 605-367-5082
http://doc.sd.gov/adult/industry/shop/braille.aspx
Double-sided tooling mat and braille grid

 

Touch Graphics, Inc.
11 Harvest Lane,
Elkton, MD 21921
Toll free: 800-884-2440
Email: info@touchgraphics.com
Website: www.touchgraphics.com
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
E-mail: info@viewplus.com
Website: www.viewplus.com
TIGER embossers, Audio Graphing Calculator, IVEO graphics tablet

Craft and Art Suppliers

www.DickBlick.com
www.hobbylobby.com
www.joann.com
www.michaels.com


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
E-mail: info@aph.org
Website: www.aph.org
Tactile Graphics for textbooks and instructional aids.  Heat and polymer process developed by Tactile Vision, press braille, thermoform.

Braille Solutions, Region IV Education Service Center
Diane Spence, Coordinator
7145 West Tidwell
Houston, TX 77092-2096
Phone: 713-744-8144
E mail: dspence@esc4.net 
Producers of Nemeth and tactile graphics for Texas textbooks

Braille Jymico, Inc.
4545, 1st Avenue
Quebec (Quebec), Canada G1H 2S8
Phone: 1-877-272-4553 or 418-624-2105
E-mail: info@braillejymico.com
Website: www.braillejymico.com
Braille textbooks and tactile graphics.

Edinboro University Planetarium
Dr. David Hurd, Director
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Cooper Hall 103
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
Phone: 814-732-2493
Email: dhurd@edinboro.edu
Website:http://www.edinboro.edu/departments/geosci/planetarium.dot
Astronomy and space science tactile graphics

gh LLC
700 Farabee Ct.
Lafayette, IN 47905
Phone: 765-775-3776, 866-693-3687
E-mail: sales@gh-accessibility.com
Website: www.gh-accessibility.com
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
http://doc.sd.gov/adult/industry/shop/braille.aspx
Double-sided tooling mat and braille grid

Princeton Braillists
76 Leabrook Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: 215-357-7715 or 609-924-5207
Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/resvqbxe/princetonbraillists/
E-mail: Nancy Amick (Jamesaamick@aol.com

 

Tactile Vision Graphics
27 Monk Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3Y7

(866) 465-0755, +1 (613) 569-7686
http://www.tactilevisiongraphics.com

 

OTHER RESOURCES FOR TACTILE GRAPHICS

Organizations:

Braille Authority of North America
Website: www.brailleauthority.org
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)
Website: www.ctebvi.org 
CTEVH offers an annual conference with well-attended and useful workshops. The CTEVH Journal includes skills columns and other information for members.

Braille Literacy Canada (formerly Canadian Braille Authority)
c/o CNIB
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON
Canada M4G 3E8
Braille Literacy Canada is dedicated to the promotion of braille as the primary medium for persons who are blind. The achievement of this goal will require the support of Canadians from all sectors of society.
Research in tactile graphics: http://blc-lbc.ca/CMFiles/Educators/Report_Tactile_Graphics_part3.pdf
Website: www.blc-lbc.ca


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: NBAoffice@nationalbraille.org
Website: www.nationalbraille.org 

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
Website: http://nctd.org.uk/index.asp
The website has great information about capsule paper graphics, their design and use. They host an international conference on tactile graphics.
www.nctd.org.uk/Making TG/emboss.asp

 

Individuals, Projects, Websites:

accessibleimage@freelists.org (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. 

www.tactilegraphics.org
Website devoted to production of tactile graphics
Email: Lucia@tactilegraphics.org
Website:www.tactilegraphics.org

www.RockyMountainBraille.org
Website detailing Tactile Graphics training
Email:Lucia@tactilegraphics.org
Website: www.RockyMountainBraille.org

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: osterhauss@tsbvi.edu
Website: www.tsbvi.edu/math

Videos:


Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02172-3490
Phone: 617-924-3490
www.perkins.org/resources

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

 

SOURCES FOR MAPS

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

http://www.theodora.com/maps/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps/ 

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

 

SOURCES FOR SCIENCE

http://education.nasa.gov

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.