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TACTILE MATERIAL

Tactile information for people with vision impairments can be provided in several ways.

Tactile signs at, say, waist height and in similar positions around a building or outside area can help people's orientation and boost confidence. Symbols do not need to be large eg. 50mm by 50mm. They can also be colour coded to attract attention and to guide others who don't need tactile information.

Simple dymo tape can be used to produced raised letters on adhesive strips. People with recent vision loss are unlikely to read Braille but may be able to pick out raised letters and numbers. The dymo tape may become flattened if used a lot. Dymo Braille punches are available.



MAPS and PLANS

Maps and plans are useful in tactile form. The RNIB can advise of services where drawn plans can be reproduced in tactile form.

For short term use, consultation plans can be produced by sticking tactile materials onto a standard drawing. Felt, sandpaper and other materials can be used, as long as their textures are different. An organisation in Brighton, Sussex, is producing adhesive sheets with different textures that can be used on diagrams as complex as London Underground Maps.