Tactile graphics are raised surface representations of non-textual information, such as graphs, maps, or diagrams, allowing those who are visually impaired to better understand the content. By request, ATI staff will provide tactile graphics to students, faculty, and staff with a documented print disability.
Some of the tools used to aid ATI staff in the production of tactile graphics are listed below:
3D printing creates three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Its use in assistive technology allows visually impaired individuals to have a more meaningful experience.
Braille embossers are essentially printers that print in Braille (tactile dots on paper) instead of standard text.
PIAF Tactile Image Maker
PIAF (Pictures in a Flash) is a machine that creates raised line drawings on special paper so visually impaired individuals can feel the non-textual image.