I attended a tactile graphics workshop at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on April 12 and 13. There were so many exciting workshops I could attend and not enough time. I will be sharing some of my experiences and thoughts on the workshops I attended. Tactile graphics is an emerging area to improve experiences for people who are blind or visually impaired in all areas of life.
One workshop demonstrated creating tactile overlays for the iPad. The company has created algebra 1 lessons based on the common core standards. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to purchase packets of the overlays so blind students can use the iPad to work on many skills in math and other subjects.
Ed Summer from SAS Institute INC. had a tactile overlay of a graph showing change in altitude of a 13-mile race. Participants used the information from the graph to answer questions and received immediate feedback about their answers. Since iPads are used in, many schools this could allow blind students to immediately participate in class.