Creating Resources

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Tactile diagram of a candle with braille labels

Presented by Sarah Hughes | 5 minutes

Watching this video you will learn that with tactile graphics it’s nothing at all to do with the way that they look it’s all about the way they feel. The way that blind or partially sighted people construct their understanding of tactile graphics will be entirely opposite to the way that we look at diagrams as sighted users.

A VI teacher points to a tactile schematic diagram of a heart

There are many things to consider when making a tactile diagram and it can take a lot of practice to get it right. The main aim is to give pupils access to reliable information. It is important to remember that a symbol which is visually clear to us may have no value as a tactile symbol to our blind pupil.

This resource will give you more tips on making tactile diagrams.

Tactile signifiers laid out on a desk: a mini globe of the earth, a small plastic beaker and syringe, and a PC mouse

Resource developed by the Royal Blind School

The following resources were developed to support a pupil with deteriorating vision, memory and cognitive ability.

Still from the Screencast that shows a tactile picture of an Owl on the presenter's PC screenResource developed by Sarah Hughes and Gareth Peevers | 7 minutes

This screencast will show you how to use layers in the free image editing software paint.net to create one classroom resource that can be used for all pupils, with or without a visual impairment.

The screencast is intended for teachers who teach in mainstream schools with blind or partially sighted pupils. After watching the video you will know how to use layers in paint.net to create a tactile resource, and a print resource, in the same document.

Still from the screencast that shows a graph being created in MS WordResource developed by Anna Christal and Gareth Peevers | 5 minutes

This screencast will show you how to make a grid using MS word which you can then use as graph paper to create a tactile graph or chart to give to your pupils. This resource will be useful for maths teachers of blind or visually impaired young people.

After watching this video you will be able to create graph paper to your own specification in MS word that will be suitable for making a tactile graph or chart.

Resource developed by Clare Walker

A lightpad is usually used by artists to make accurate tracings of drawings, and by tattoo artists for the same reason. It is also a great resource for children with cortical (or cerebral) visual impairment (CVI).

A school jotter labeled with the pupil's name in braille and written on in pen

Presented by Elaine Brackenridge | 5 minutes

It's important to facilitate inclusion within the mainstream classroom and this video will show you how you can make accessible jotters for your visually impaired early years pupils.

Smiling boy with vision impairment is handed a football by a P.E. teacherAs the majority of children with visual impairment, including those who are blind, are educated within mainstream provision it is important that they are as included as possible in the structures and routines of the class.

Fingers touch a tactile science diagram attached to the wall

Presented by Anna Christal | 6 minutes

Velcro (hook and loop) boards are useful resources for blind and partially sighted students. They can be used for activities such as sorting, matching, ordering or building food chains, simple graphics and chemical equations.

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