The Tactile Graphics Library contains digital images ready for a tactile graphics machine and accessible digital worksheets which are teacher-adapted mainstream worksheets for students with low vision and/or CVI. These worksheets have simple images with uncluttered backgrounds.
The digital images are developed specifically for a tactile graphic machine. A tactile graphic machine (also known as a thermal image enhancer or heat fuser) is a machine that makes raised line drawings on special paper, called capsule or swell paper. Educators can draw, print or photocopy pictures (including braille labels!) onto the capsule or swell paper and run the paper through the machine. The heat causes the lines to raise or “swell” enabling the student to access the drawing tactually. The most commonly used tactile graphics machines are the PIAF (Pictures in a Flash) and Swell machines.
Be sure to check out these additional free tactile image libraries available.
The tactile images available below on Paths to Technology typically have accompanying educational lessons. The digital images below are in alphabetical order. A thumbnail image is shown along with the link to download the image. If available, the link to the associated post is also given.
Absolute Position base and advanced pdf for PIAF/Swell graphics machine PIAF/Swell graphics created and shared by Jessica McDowell; embossable tactile graphics created and shared by Transcribing Mariners. Note: The PIAF/Swell diagrams can be used as an overlay on top of the iPad for the Math Melodies game, Absolute Position.
Addition Overlay docx for embosser (for Math Melodies app, 1st grade Advanced Level) Embossable diagrams created by Transcribing Mariners and PIAF/Swell machine diagrams created by Jessica McDowell. Note: The PIAF/Swell diagrams can be used as an overlay on top of the iPad for the Math Melodies game, Addition.
Add or Delete 1st grade base and advanced color pdf for PIAF/Swell Graphics Machine. PIAF/Swell graphics created and shared by Jessica McDowell; embossable tactile graphics created and shared by Transcribing Mariners. Note: The PIAF/Swell diagrams can be used as an overlay on top of the iPad for the Math Melodies Add and Delete game!
Audacity Swell PDF (Audacity App’s Screen) Shared by S.C.O.E. Vision Support
Plain bat outline and Bat with textures
Bear Hunt Coding Grid Swell PDF
Brown Bear Coding Grid Swell PDF (3 pages: tactile images, image key and grid with braille labels only)
Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt
Bookshelf with books
Braille Alphabet Coloring Pages (A-Z coloring pages – one page for each letter)
Braille Alphabet Coloring Pages Part 2 (A-Z coloring pages – 1 page for each letter)
Bus Coloring page
Cat PIAF png (spatial concepts/prepositions) Shared by Dr. Blevins
Cement Mixer Truck Simple
Cement Mixer Truck 2
Clip Art coloring pages (Creating PIAF Tactile Images: Graphic Book Cover post using clip art coloring book images)
Color-by-Shape Pumpkins download
Color-by-Shape Worksheet Coconut Tree
Color-by-Shape Mouse2 (modified/simple version) The post contains original (more complex mouse version) and the mouse2 only (no shapes, letters or numbers of the simple mouse2.)
Counting Ducks 3 PDF
Counting Ducks 5 PDF
Counting Ducks 5 with Lines PDF
Counting Ducks with Answers PDF
Counting Ducks and Cows PDF
Cow Full Size PDF
Conjunction Swell PDF (3 pages depicting the southwest sky and west sky and two print pages of images) Note: Conjunction occurs when any two astronomical objects (in this case Jupiter and Saturn) appear to be close together in the sky, as observed from Earth.
Dog PIAF png (spatial concepts/prepositions) Shared by Dr. Blevins
Dump Truck (Dumping)
Dump Truck 2
Electromagnetic Spectrum Swell PDF Shared by Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Find a Friend PIAF.docx
Font Size Comparison (Page with different Swell-Braille simulated braille font sizes – options to help you determine the right size font for standard braille dots when creating tactile graphic labels on an iPad using the GoodNotes app.)
Google Drive PIAF pdf (created and shared by S.C.O.E. Vision Support)
Google Slide PIAF pdf (created and shared by S.C.O.E. Vision Support)
Halloween Matching Worksheet
Halloween Suduko worksheet
iPad Home Screen Portrait Piaf pdf and iPad Home Screen Portrait docx (for embossers). PIAF/Swell graphics created and shared by Jessica McDowell; embossable tactile graphics created and shared by Transcribing Mariners. Note: The PIAF/Swell graphic can be used as an overlay on top of the iPad!
Math Calendar Page 1, Math Calendar Page 2 and Math Calendar Page 3
Math Robot for Embossers, Math Robot with Braille pdf for PIAF/Swell Graphics Machine, and Math Robot without Braille pdf for PIAF/Swell Graphics Machine (can add braille with Perkins after graphic created) PIAF/Swell graphics created and shared by Jessica McDowell; embossable tactile graphics created and shared by Transcribing Mariners.
Maze: Dog (raised line maze with several dead-end paths) for tactile graphics machine.
Maze: Dolphin (“stay between the lines” simple, one path maze leading to a dolphin) for a tactile graphics machine.
Oak Leaf: Red
Oak Leaf: White
Planets and Stellar Images Swell PDF (17 images of planets and some major types of galaxies) Shared by Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Pumpkin Big and Little Worksheet
Pumpkin Carved Worksheet
Pumpkin Color-by-Shape Worksheet
Pumpkin Counting Worksheet
Pumpkin Plain Coloring Page Worksheet
Pumpkin Solid Large Worksheet
Pumpkin Life Cycle images (Images are cut out and student places them in sequence or in circular life cycle pattern)
Pumpkin Matching Worksheet
Pumpkin Same and Different Worksheet
Reindeer Swell PDF Shared by Jessica McDowell
Same and Different Easy Shapes worksheet
Same and Different Easy Ducks worksheet
Same and Different Shapes worksheet
Same and Different Matching Shapes worksheet
Same and Different Shapes in a Row worksheet
25 pages of shape-related graphics are available in this post!
Spider Coloring Page
Spider: large solid spider image
Spider Life Cycle Worksheet
Spider Solid (1 large spider)
Subtraction Overlay docx for embosser (Math Melodies subtraction with regrouping, 1st Grade Advanced). PIAF/Swell graphics created and shared by Jessica McDowell; embossable tactile graphics created by Transcribing Mariners. Note: The PIAF/Swell machine graphic can be used as an overlay on top of the iPad for the Math Melodies game, Subtraction.
Test Tactile Graphic pdf
Tree (can be used to label the parts of a tree)
Tree: Summer (simple outline)
Turkey Color-by-shape worksheet
Turkey (Label the Turkey) Worksheet (side view of turkey)
Turkey Plain Coloring worksheet (front view of turkey)
Valentine “Be Mine” Stickers (6 large black and white stickers with braille “be Mine” in the center.)
Valentine’s Day Stickers (3 pages of colorful small and medium hearts, cat, dog, and braille stickers)
Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt
Watermelon with seeds
Zoom Visual Screen Swell PDF (Zoom virtual meeting app’s screen) Shared by S.C.O.E. Vision Support
Cat Spatial Matching pdf (spatial concepts/prepositions worksheet) shared by Dr. Blevins
Cat spatial cut and paste pdf (spatial concepts/prepositions) shared by Dr. Blevins
Dog Spatial Matching pdf (spatial concepts/prepositions worksheet) Shared by Dr. Blevins
Dog Cut and Paste pdf (spatial concepts/prepositions) shared by Dr. Blevins
Holiday I Spy
Math Worksheet: Missing Factor (solve for X) accessible web page
Math Worksheet: Multiply by 10 (accessible web page)
Math Worksheet: Multiple and Divide by 10, 100, and 1,000 (accessible web page)
Math Worksheet: Multiplying Fractions (accessible web page)
Math Worksheet: Add fractions with unlike units (accessible web page)
Math Worksheet: Subtracting Decimals (accessible web page)
These resources are created and shared by individuals. Some of the resources in this section of Paths to Technology may feature images and sounds that are protected by copyright. Where possible, permission to use the images and sounds has been sought; however, if you are the copyright owner of any sound or image and would rather they were not used in these teaching activities for students with visual impairments and blindness, please contact [email protected] and the resource containing the copyrighted material will be removed.
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