Maps and portraits of personalities are essential tools in Geography and History lessons. But the blind have little access to spatial information because tactile graphics are expensive to produce. We are creating a self-describing tactile catalog of portraits to help them study personalities. Get yours for free!
1. The self-describing tactile catalog of portraits
The “Portraits” tactile catalog represents more than just a random collection of portraits. It can become a History schoolbook for blind children.
The catalog contains 80 portraits of famous Romanian historical figures, and its theme revolves around Romania’s Centenary (1918 – 2018) and The First World War. Each portrait has a detailed description of the personality’s life. The descriptions are informative and play the role of the knowledge of the specialist above the shoulder. They were created with the assistance of The Historical Consulting Center in Bucharest and help paint a picture of the role of certain personalities in Romanian history. We mention here King Carol the First of Romania or King Michael the First of Romania.
We created the historical portraits with the aid of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and were supported by the National Cultural Heritage Administration. You can also find 150 portraits in the Tactile Images LIBRARY.
2. The independent study on a self-describing catalog
Blind children will be able to study the self-describing tactile catalog of portraits independently, without the aid of another person. The Tactile Images READER mobile app, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store, makes this possible.
To facilitate the independent study of blind children, we also thought of ways of manually embossing tactile graphics. With just some adhesive and a syringe, any parent or teacher can start embossing at home. You can find out how if you watch these videos!
3. How can you get the self-describing tactile catalog?
If you want to explore portraits independently, you can access this link to download the self-describing tactile catalog for free.
4. Other self-describing tactile catalogs
The self-describing tactile catalog of portraits is not the first of its kind. We created other three such catalogs to help the blind study more topics independently.
We created the “Urban Landscapes” self-describing tactile catalog with the help of ING Bank Romania, the “Vehicles” catalog with the help of OMV Petrom and the “Tactile Network” catalog with the help of Electrica S.A. Read the articles to learn more about their themes and find out where you can download them for free.
5. Help us create more tactile catalogs
Because we want to empower blind children to study visual content independently, we want to create as many self-describing tactile catalogs as possible and are open for suggestions. If you have an idea and want to become our sponsor, let us know or donate $1 recurrently to help us create more free catalogs.