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Tactile graphics library


The Tactile Graphics Library contains digital images ready for a tactile graphics machine and accessible digital worksheets which are teacher-adapted mainstream worksheets for students with low vision and/or CVI. These worksheets have simple images with uncluttered backgrounds.

The digital images are developed specifically for a tactile graphic machine. A tactile graphic machine (also known as a thermal image enhancer or heat fuser) is a machine that makes raised line drawings on special paper, called capsule or swell paper. Educators can draw, print or photocopy pictures (including braille labels!) onto the capsule or swell paper and run the paper through the machine. The heat causes the lines to raise or “swell” enabling the student to access the drawing tactually. The most commonly used tactile graphics machines are the PIAF (Pictures in a Flash) and Swell machines.


  • Picture in a Flash: A Tactile Image is Worth a Thousand Words
  • Creating PIAF Tactile Images: Graphic Book Cover (Using clip art coloring pages to create PIAF-Ready Images)
  • Creating PIAF Tactile Images: Prediction Math Calendars (Using iPad or Mac, GoodNotes and SimBraille to [...]

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