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Best Practices in Creating Tactile Graphics: Making Tactile Graphics for Your Child or Student

by Tammy Reisman, M.Ed., C.A.E.S.

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Whether you are a teacher, parent, or guardian of a blind or low vision child, this book can teach you the general best practices for creating tactile graphics and promoting tactile graphics literacy. Tammy Reisman, a teacher of students with visual impairments for 30 years, clearly explains what tactile graphics are; why they are important; how they are read; and when they should or shouldn't be made. Coverage includes: BANA guidelines at a glance; steps to planning readable tactile graphics, including the use of a decision tree and coverage of 8 major design concepts; methods and materials for creating tactile graphics; how to teach tactile graphic literacy skills to children; teaching children to make their own tactile graphics; and much more. Each chapter opens with a teacher or student portrait and closes with a key-takeaways section summarizing the most important points covered in each chapter.

Click here for examples of the tactile graphics referred to in this book.

Table of Contents
Portrait of a Student
What Are Tactile Graphics?
What Is the Purpose of Tactile Graphics?
How Do You "Read" a Tactile Graphic?
Why Are Tactile Graphics Important?
Should All Print Images Be Made into Tactile Graphics?
Quotes from Kids
Key Takeaways
Guidelines at a Glance
Portrait of a TVI
Braille Authority of North America (BANA) Guidelines
When to Make a Tactile Graphic
Basic Principles to Consider
Key Takeaways
Steps to Planning a Readable Tactile Graphic
Portrait of a Student
Tactile Graphics Decision Tree
8 Major Concepts in Tactile Graphics Creation
Size and Scale
Orientation and Sequence
Other Considerations
Key Takeaways
Creating Tactile Graphics
Portrait of a Student
Methods and Materials for TVIs and Blindness Paraprofessionals
Quick-Draw Paper
DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board
Picture Maker Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit
Tactile Graphics Kit
Various Collage Materials
Sensational Black Board
Magnetic Sheets
Tactile Maps Automated Production (TMAP)
Methods and Materials for Professional Transcribers and Tactilists
Computer-Generated Tactile Graphics
Microcapsule Paper and Swell Form Machine
Key Takeaways
Teaching Tactile Graphic Literacy Skills to Children
Portrait of a Student
Developing Effective Skills for Reading Tactile Graphics
Exposure, Experience, and Exploration
The Progression of Learning
Systematic Approach, Previewing, and Vocabulary
Fun Activities
Same and Different
Spatial Relationships
Tracing Lines
Object Hunts
Dot to Dots
Key Takeaways
Teaching Children to Create Their Own Tactile Graphics
Portrait of a Student
Beginning Skills
Advanced Skills: Shapes, Lines, and Angles
Ingredients for Success in Learning
Key Takeaways
Final Thoughts