ASL - Tactile images for the blind

24th September 2010 at 01:00

The Royal National Institute of Blind People has launched tactile educational image books to tackle the shortfall in curriculum materials for blind and partially-sighted children across the UK.

Subjects such as geography and science can be challenging for blind and partially-sighted pupils because they contain graphically-rich materials, such as photographs, maps and illustrations. The new tactile books will provide teachers and learning support staff with the necessary resources to help give pupils the same understanding of these topics as their sighted peers.

The number of blind and partially- sighted young people aged six to 25 years in UK mainstream education exceeds 24,000, but there is no national co-ordinated system of providing suitable textbooks and learning materials for them. With funding from Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in next generation mobile technologies, RNIB has produced 20 books of accessible images. Each book contains tactile illustrations with Braille labels and large-print colour images with large-print labels.

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