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Click here for examples of tactile graphics referred to in Tammy Reisman's book Best Practices in Creating Tactile Graphics: Making Tactile Graphics for Your Child or Student.
We've received an incredible number of requests for free TVI Braille Ignition Kits! National Braille Press is excited to share these free materials, which help to advance braille, tactile literacy, and focused topics like assistive technology and math and science.
The response from the TVI community makes it clear that these materials are needed, and we’ll work with our generous supporters to make kits available to more TVIs in the next year. We've distributed 1,400 kits in 2022, and will send another 1,400 throughout 2023.
We have reached our limit for free kits in 2023. The orders we've received will be be filled on a first-come/first-served basis.
Learn more about all of our Resources for TVIs here.
About the Kits
These free kits contain materials supporting braille and tactile literacy in addition to topics like assistive technology.
There are four different kits available:
- The Braille Resources Kit includes UEB Brief Symbols List; Because Books Matter; Because Pictures Matter; Braille Alphabet Cards (packet of 35 cards); Just Enough to Know Better; the Braille Spelling Dictionary; and a slate and stylus.
- The Tactile Graphics Kit includes a new best practices guide for creating tactile graphics for your students; Because Pictures Matter; and several books and products that use tactile graphics in different ways (Tactile Alphabet and Numbers, Humpty Dumpty and Other Touching Rhymes, and The Tactile Book of Dinosaurs).
- The Assistive Technology Kit includes large print reference guides to operating systems (iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows 10); and the Windows Screen Reader Keystroke Compendium (large print edition).
- The Math & Science Kit includes UEB Reference Sheets for Math (large print); Out of Sight Science Experiments (large print/braille); and a tactile caliper.
Who is eligible for the kits?
These kits are designed for TVIs of all experience levels, from veterans to paraprofessionals who are just getting started. If you are a TVI or paraprofessional working in the blindness field in the United States, you are eligible for one of each of the four available kits.
National Braille Press, the Gibney Family Foundation, and the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation hope this program will benefit you and, most importantly, your students. Please share any feedback or questions you may have by calling us at (800) 548-7323 ext. 520 (US only), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.