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Rocky Mountain Braille Associates LLC

Workshops and Trainings Offered

Creating and Instructing with Tactile Graphics

Workshop type: Demonstration and hands-on. All necessary supplies and equipment will be available for participants' use.

Time required: 2 to 2½ days (12-15 hours of direct instruction)

Description: This intensive workshop provides an overview of tactile graphics planning and design, production methods, and instruction in reading tactile graphics. Content will include an overview of the BANA Guidelines and Standards for tactile graphics, demonstration of low tech (hand-produced) and high tech (computer assisted) production methods, teaching strategies, commercial tactile graphics products available currently, and designated time  for participants to produce graphics using the various methods.

Outcomes: Participants will:

  • describe how tactile perception works
  • determine if an image is appropriate for a tactile graphic
  • identify appropriate alternatives to a tactile graphic
  • identify the components of a tactile graphic and describe what each represents
  • plan and edit print graphics (provided by instructor)
  • select appropriate production method/technology for the best presentation of the graphic
  • describe tools, supplies and equipment needed for each production method
  • use BANA Guidelines and Standards to determine how features within a graphic are to be shown
  • produce tactile graphics using one or more production methods/technologies
  • identify teaching strategies to support students in reading and "writing" graphics
  • use commercial tactile graphics products

2012-13 Presentations
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Orlando, FL

Foundation for Blind Children
Phoenix, AZ

Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, MA

DIAGRAM Center/Benetech
Asilomar, CA

Grafton Braille Service Center
Grafton, OH

Diagrams 2012
Canterbury, United Kingdom

AER International
Seattle, WA

Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk, VA

Easter Seals Arkansas
Little Rock, AR

CDE State Conference on B/VI
Denver, CO

Accessing Higher Ground
Westminster, CO

ATIA 2013
Orlando, FL

Virginia AER
Richmond, VA

NFB Tactile Graphics Conf.
Baltimore, MD