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Tactile graphics can be a great way to introduce young students to braille or a way to enhance the reading experience for older braille readers.

Tactile graphics are raised lines and illustrations that blind readers can feel as they read. Some even include different textures (sort of like very advanced touch-and-feel books). Though this sounds like a simple way to represent pictures for blind readers, it actually takes time to learn how to decipher the images and the more exposure you have to tactile graphics, the better you'll be at it!


  • American Printing House for the Blind
    1839 Frankfor Avenue
    Louisville, KY, 40206
    Phone: (800) 223-1839
    Web: www.aph.org

    Squid magazine produced at APH has activities that feature tactile graphics.
    Braille Tactile Anatomy Atlas
    Tactile Demonstration Thermometer

  • American Thermoform Corporation
    1758 Bracket Street
    La Verne, CA 91750
    Phone: (909) 593-6711
    Toll-free: (800) 331 3676
    Fax: (909) 593-8001
    Email: sales@americanthermoform.com
    Web: americanthermoform.com

    Thermoform duplicating machines, graphics machines

  • Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL)
    38 Beverly Road
    Great Neck, NY 11021-1330
    Phone: (516) 466-9143
    Email: calinfo@cal-s.org
    Web: www.cal-s.org/index.html

    This company sells books and flash cards with tactile graphics.

  • National Braille Press
    88 Saint Stephen Street
    Boston, MA 02115
    Phone: (800) 548-7323
    Email: orders@nbp.org
    Web: www.nbp.org

    Various tactile products. NBP is now distributing tactile maps and atlases by The Princeton Braillists.

  • The Princeton Braillists

    The Princeton Braillists tactile maps and atlases are now distributed by National Braille Press.

  • Sensational Books!
    PO Box 261085
    Lakewood, CO 80226
    Web: www.SensationalBooks.com
  • Independent Living Aids, Inc.
    PO Box 9022
    Hicksville, NY 11802-9022
    Phone: 800.537.2118
    Email: techsupport@independentliving.com
    Web: www.independentliving.com

    Offers Teachable Touchable Texture Squares and
    Touch-Tactile Recognition Game

  • Exceptional Teaching, Inc.
    5673 W. Las Positas Blvd. #207
    Pleasanton, CA 94588-4077
    Phone: 800.549.6999
    Web: www.ExceptionalTeaching.com

    Touch and Color coloring books, Wikki Stix Activity Set,
    Peel & Stick Wonderfoam, Scented Play Clay

  • Online Tactile Resources List
    Web: http://www.tactilegraphics.org/resources.html
  • Resources and information about tactile graphics producers and programs can be found at the Duxbury Systems, Inc. website:
    Web: http://www.duxburysystems.com/tgd.asp?choice=pro

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