Braille Maps

Written by Amy Hall
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Something as complex as a map can be challenging to convert into tactile graphics, but not impossible. In fact, with the help of computer software programs, braille maps can almost be an exact replication of the original graphic.

Producing braille maps can help students learn the relationships between scale and space, as relates to geography. Of course, many maps that are converted into braille also have braille text to accompany the map. This serves as further explanation to what the map is trying to illustrate. Converting maps from regular graphics to tactile graphics can be an enormous help.

Brilliant Braille Maps

Braille maps can also be accompanied by audio tapes that describe in detail what the person is interpreting. Maps are very complex, even for sighted people, which is why it can be somewhat challenging for a blind person to understand through touch alone. With the help of audio narratives, or short braille text descriptions, the person is able to form a picture in his or her mind about what is going on in the graphic.

Tactile graphics can take a lot of time to produce, depending on the complexity of the subject matter. In general, maps are complex, so it can take a while to receive braille maps once an order has been placed. There are many specialty companies that produce all types of braille products, and they should be able to give you a time frame on such a request for a braille map.

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