Category: Blind and Low Vision

Foam Board Tactile Maps

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide tactile maps for individuals with vision disabilities. These maps can be made to any size that accommodates the project. Applications include neighborhood or campus maps, a route down a hall to a nearby destination, or a study aid for a social studies unit. The base of the map is made of foam board cut to size and thin cardstock is used to represent features on the map, such as walls, hallways, or streets. Shapes can also be cut out to represent other environmental features, and street names may be added in Braille. A short arrow representing north can also be cut from cardstock. Cardstock elements are glued to the map. Fabric paint can be used to indicate routes and small plaster tiles can be added to represent landmarks. If it is necessary to add an additional section to a map, cut a piece of foam board the same thickness as the map and as wide as the bottom. Cut toothpicks in half and push them part way into the original foam board; apply glue to the edge of the new section and push it through the toothpicks onto the original board. To seal the bond, place the new section flat between heavy books or similar items until the glue is dry. DIMENSIONS: The foam board used is 0.25-inch thick. MATERIALS: Foam board, thin cardstock, glue, fabric paint (optional), and small plaster tiles (optional). TOOLS: Craft knife, scissors, foam board cutter, and T square. SKILLS REQUIRED: Measuring, cutting, and assembly. TITLE: Foam Board Tactile Maps (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Smith, D. JOURNAL: RE:view. Vol 37 no 1, Spring 2005: p. 29-31. PAGES (including cover): 3 2005.


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