The Joy of Drawing
Tactile drawing tools are available which produce either a positive or a reverse image. A positive image is produced when the images rises from the paper producing an image like the image drawn. A negative image is produced when the "image" is pressed into the paper and is "observed" from the other side of the paper tactually. Most of the tools produced currently produce a positive image. When considering the best tool for a student, it is important to keep in mind portability and ease of use as well as price and versatility.
- Will the student require training to use the tool?
- Will it be easy to carry independently for the student?
- Is the tool in the school district's price range? Can it be purchased on Quota Funds?
- Several of the tools are available for less than $50 so don't allow price to deter you!
- Any of these tools can be used to produce a negative image on printer paper or Braille paper if you are running low on the specialized paper for each tool.
- The Rubber Pad from the Swail Dot Inverter (below) can be purchased for $11.00 and used with any of the other tools. (Review: www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/rubber-pad-tactile-drawing)
Positive Image Tools
- Draftsman from APH
- Cost: $196.00, paper costs $7 for 25 sheets
- Notes: Includes drawing board and stylus
- Section in webinar: 13:20 - 14:60
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/draftsman-tactile-drawing-board-and-film
- InTACT SketchPad from E.A.S.Y. LLC
- Cost: $125, Eraser - $150
- Notes: Also includes drawing board and stylus with improved features but not available on Quota Funds
- Section in webinar: 16:08 - 18:45
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/intact-sketchpad
- Sensational Blackboard
- Cost: $50
- Notes: Thin rubber mat, light and portable, inexpensive
- Section in webinar: 18:45- 20:40
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/sensational-blackboard
- Sewell EZ Write N Draw Raise Line Drawing Kit
- Cost: $35
- Notes: Clipboard with hard rubber mat, requires some fine motor skill, inexpensive
- Section in webinar: 20:40 - 22:25
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/sewell-ez-write-n-draw-raise-line-drawing-kit-clip
- Cost: $500
- Notes: Originally designed for TVIs, includes numerous drawing tools. Software available to produce a digital image and emboss the image.
- Section in webinar: 22:25 - 26:25
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/tactipad-drawing-pad
- Swail Dot Inverter
- Cost: $35, rubber mat sold separately for $11.00
- Notes: Dots produced to draw lines
- Section in webinar: 26:25 to 33:00
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/swail-dot-inverter
- Quick Draw Paper from APH
- Cost: $35 for 10 sheets
- Notes: Water causes paper to swell. Use with pens in the kit, paintbrushes or thick wedge highlighters.
- Section in webinar: 32:00 to 34:60
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/quick-draw-paper
Negative Image Tools
- Raised-Line Drawing Board
- Cost: $15
- Notes: Screen on plywood board attached to a backing. Use Br or printer paper.
- Section of webinar: 34:60-37:20
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/raised-line-drawing-board
- APH Tactile Graphics Kit
- Cost: $284.00
- Notes: Created for TVIs to produce graphics but tools work well for students.
- Section of webinar: 37:15 - 40:00
- Review: http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/aph-tactile-graphics-kit
Low Cost Tools
- Tracing wheel
- Cost: about $4.00
- Notes: Sewing tool; Hard to create a natural image - easy to make a hole in the paper
- Aluminum foil
- Notes: Heavy Duty BBQ type; The sheets can be purchased from APH in the Tactile Graphics Kit or separately; Durable - can be "viewed" tactually many times without being pressed down