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Tactile Graphics

Tactile graphics are raised images printed on high-resolution, rubberized paper and then run through a heater. Tactile graphics are used to convey non-textual information such as graphs, diagrams, maps or illustrations to visually impaired students.


Nemeth Braille

Nemeth Braille is a specialized code developed to reflect the appearance, presentation, and syntax of mathematics. Nemeth is used for transcribing mathematics, science, and most other technical material to Braille. It is a separate language from Literary Braille and not all students who use Literary Braille are fluent in Nemeth.


Edited Word Docs

Edited Word Docs are  plain text version of a textbook with all formatting removed. Word Docs can be read by the Central Access Reader.  Image descriptions (tags) may be provided for students with visual impairments. Edited Word Docs are also an ideal format for blind students (who use JAWS*).


Literary Braille

Literary Braille is the standard format for transcribing printed material using the six-dot Braille alphabet. One page of print takes about 3.5 Braille pages, therefore a single textbook may require several volumes when translated into Braille.


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