Recently, several educators have asked how to create raised line grids for math, coding, tables, and other grid activities for students who are blind or low vision.

Available raised line grids

APH has several consumable options, including embossed graph sheets with 1″ squares, .75 inch squares and .5 inch squares. APH also has kits with tactile grids such as MathBuilders, Hundreds Board, etc.

But what if you need raised line grids with different number of rows and columns or squares of varying sizes? How can you create customized raised line grids quickly?

Creating customized raised line grids

Many embossers have options for creating customized raised line grids.

If you have access to a tactile graphics machine (PIAF or Swell machine), creating customized raised line grids is quick and easy using your favorite word document application. In this example, we will use Microsoft Word; however, Google Docs and Apple’s Pages have similar features.

Image 1: Annotated screenshot showing the steps to customizing the width of grid lines in Word.

Annotated screenshot of a table in Word with popup for making grid lines thicker.

Resources: Activities with tactile grids

Paths to Technology has many posts that include activities with grids. Below are some examples. Keep in mind that students need to build a foundation with tactile grids, and tactile grids paired with digital grids, before transitioning to only digital grids.

PAIF-ready raised line coloring page of Donald Duck and text

Braille Alphabet Coloring Pages Part 2: Tactile Graphics vs. Raised Line Drawings

Amazon stock chart

Activity: Creating line charts from Yahoo Finance stock market data

Cartoon image of girl with glasses holding a book and text

Creating and/or Using Simple Digital Books