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SSC – Series of three webinars presented by Sally Hart, Tactile Graphic Designer/Accessible Tests and Textbooks

Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC)
2nd September 2021
3:30pm - 4:30pm
This is a series of three webinars presented by Sally Hart, Tactile Graphic Designer/Accessible Tests and Textbooks [https://www.aph.org] of the American Printing House (APH) for the Blind. The webinars will be of interest to (Q)TVIs, Non-teaching staff producing tactile materials and Transcribers.

Each webinar costs £20 but there is a £10 reduction if you register for all three together – see below for booking options.
NB: This reduction option ends on 30th August.
1. Planning and Designing Quality Tactile Graphics    
Thursday, 2nd September 2021

The amount of lines, colors, labels, and other details within an image determines tactual complexity. Only through the appropriate planning and designing process, which leads to correct application, can a braille reader be guaranteed an accessible document that provides equivalent information—and therefore equivalent opportunity—to succeed.

“Planning the tactile graphic is a critical step in producing a meaningful representation of a print graphic or illustration. This step may require as much time as the actual production, yet is critical to ensuring that the final product conveys the information intended for the reader.” Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics.

Together, we will learn how tactile perception works, what qualifies or disqualifies an ink-print image, and the importance of understanding the purpose of the graphic. 

Time: 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Cost: £20
Platform:  Collaborate

Closing date: 30th August 2021

2. Explore and Use the Tactile Graphic Image Library
Tuesday, 14th September 2021

Many ink illustrations tend to be very complex and oftentimes use visual perception to create the illusion of three-dimensionality. Conversely, every tactile graphic must be produced to be read and understood by touch alone along a 2-dimensional plane solely comprised of raised line elements. Because of this difference, the transcriber must find a way to deliver the detailed visual information of the print textbook in a manner that is comprehensible to the braille reader. Consistency across the spectrum of tactile producers remains a clear deciding factor in the approachability and comprehensibility of tactile graphics. To aid in this process, the American Printing House for the Blind created the Tactile Graphic Image Library (TGIL).

The Tactile Graphic Image Library provides access to a wide variety of image templates, free of charge. These quality images can be used by anyone: teachers, transcribers, parents, and others to create stand-alone tactile graphics and/or graphics designed to supplement existing materials. Moreover, as they adhere to the available tactile guidance documents, the graphic files the TGIL provides bring global transcription one step closer to consistent tactile graphic production for the braille reader regardless of geographic location.

This webinar aims to demonstrate the basics of using drawing software in combination with the Tactile Graphic Image Library to make quality tactile graphics.    

Time: 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Cost: £20
Platform:  Collaborate

Closing date: 10th September 2021

3. Creating Collage Tactile Graphics
Tuesday, 28th September 2021
“Tactile graphics are not mere transcriptions of print illustrations or raised versions of a print graphic; they are the transformed representations of images that are adapted for the sense of touch.” Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics.

In contrast to electronic tactile graphic creation, which is produced solely using available software, collage graphics can be either a blend of an embossed braille file with added collage embellishments or they can be completely made by hand from tooled line elements, glued layers, and braille manually entered. While many of the basics of tactile graphic creation remain the same, the “hands-on” approach necessary to create appropriate collage graphics varies greatly from electronic file creation. Moreover, its multi-stage process may require the use of thermoforming from a master print (vacuumed-formed graphics), a process in which heat and vacuum pressure molds a thermoplastic sheet into a readable tactile graphic.
Together, we will go over the basics of what comprises an effective and readable collage graphic; the tools, materials, and equipment this process requires. In addition, we will also review some of the beneficial resources available to guide you.
Time: 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Cost: £20
Platform:  Collaborate
Closing date: 24th September 2021


OR apply and pay online – links below
Full name:
Address (School/Unit, etc):
Job Title

(please indicate main focus and pupil age range)                           Pupil Age Range

Mainstream School • Special School/Unit/Base                                 0-4 yrs

Visiting Service • Health Profession(al) • Social Work                           5-12 yrs

Educational Psychology • Carer or Parent  • Interpreter •                   12-19 yrs

Rehab Officer • Manager or Head of Dept • Lecturer/Tutor                   5-19 yrs

Information Officer • Other: _________________________


Email Address:

(one that will be used to access course) 

Support required (please state): ………………………………………

(Braille, large print, sign interpreter, guide, lipspeaker, other)

Webinar Choices

Please select the webinars you wish to attend:

 1. Planning and Designing Quality Tactile Graphics @ £20

 2. Explore and Use the Tactile Graphic Image Library @ £20

 3. Creating Collage Tactile Graphics @ £20

 4. Webinars 1-3 @ £50

Payment Options

Payment :  

 £20, £40 or £50  

By invoice – please provide invoice detail information below or on attached booking form.

By Bank Transfer – email [email protected]

Online payment – via University of Edinburgh’s ePAY platform – see end of email.


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* Copy of Purchase Order required to secure booking.

Please return to [email protected] 

OR apply and pay online – links below

1. Planning and Designing Quality Tactile Graphics


2. Explore and Use the Tactile Graphic Image Library


3. Creating Collage Tactile Graphics
4. Webinars 1-3