APH Life Science Tactile Graphics


This information is from the APH website:

Life Science Tactile Graphics - 

A collection of vacuum-formed, full-color raised-line tactile graphics intended to supplement the figures and diagrams in life science textbooks.  

Life Science Tactile Graphics depict organisms, processes, concepts, and patterns which are typically covered in middle-and high school life science courses.

About the Tactile Graphics 

  • The drawings in Life Science Tactile Graphics employ several types of lines and textures, as well as different heights. 
  • Braille labels are provided on the drawings, but you may easily add to or change the labels by creating self-adhesive braille labels of your own.
  • Instructional hints and suggestions are given for each tactile drawing. The goal of the suggestions is to help make science learning real for students who are not using standard printed images.  
  • These graphics help demonstrate concepts in science just as print images do, but to be effective, they depend on a foundation of tactile reading skills, students' hands-on experiences, and verbal description you provide.


  • 56 full-color tactile diagrams on durable vacuum-formed plastic
  • Teacher’s Guide in large print
  • Sturdy three-ring storage binder


Graphics included:

Life Science Tactile Graphics includes 56 diagrams:
  • Light or Compound Microscope
  • Cell Sizes and Shapes
  • Comparing Animal and Plant Cells
  • Mitochondrion
  • Chloroplast 
  • Prokaryotic Cell 
  • Bacterial Types 
  • DNA 
  • DNA Double Helix 
  • DNA Replication 
  • Translation 
  • Chromosome Duplication 
  • Cell Cycle Chart 
  • Mitosis 
  • Meiosis I 
  • Meiosis II 
  • Non-Disjunction in Meiosis I 
  • Non-Disjunction in Meiosis II 
  • Fertilization 
  • Viral Replication 
  • Membrane Transport 1 
  • Membrane Transport 2 
  • Pedigree 
  • Forelimb Bones 
  • Comparative Embryology 
  • Skin Cross-Section 
  • Neuron 
  • The Eye 
  • The Ear 
  • Using Lenses for Vision Correction 
  • Sense of Taste 
  • Leaf Cross-Section 
  • Tree Canopy & Roots 
  • Vascular Structure of Wood 
  • Plant Intake and Output 
  • Moss Life Cycle 
  • Fern Life Cycle 
  • Pine Life Cycle 
  • Parts of a Flower 
  • Monocot and Dicot Seeds 
  • Seed Germination 
  • Sponge 
  • Sponge Life Cycle 
  • Cnidarian Stinging Cell 
  • Cnidarian Life Cycle 
  • Flatworm and Roundworm 
  • Snail Body Plan 
  • Insect Metamorphosis 
  • Insect Feeding Adaptations 
  • Fish Internal Organs 
  • Fish Skeleton 
  • Amniotic Egg 
  • Bird Flight Adaptations 
  • Water Cycle 
  • Carbon Cycle 
  • Food Web 




This is a wonderful product and I have found it invaluable for instruction in both middle school life science class and biology.

The tactile diagrams are very sturdy.  The set I purchased 3 or 4 years ago is still in great shape.  (Though the binder is falling apart.)

The diagrams cover many, if not most, of the concepts in the basic biology class.  They are almost always better tactile diagrams than the raised line drawings in the book.

I would highly recommend purchasing this book for a student in middle school life science or biology and giving it to the teacher to use.  

  • I have not found much that I would change about this excellent resource.
  • I would recommend adding a  tactile diagram of the structure of a virus. 
Ordering Info: 

This product is availabe on Quota Funds from aph.org