Our tactile drawing board is a simple and effective tool you can use to do both these things - and more. Basically, you just place a regular 8.5" X 11" sheet of paper into the frame on this specially-designed wooden board. Then, using an ordinary pen or Braille stylus, simply draw whatever you like - pressing firmly. Instantly, you'll be able to feel a clear outline of what you've drawn. And when you flip the page over, you'll have a perfectly-raised diagram on the reverse side - and every detail will easily be felt.
Never before has there been such an awesome raised drawing system available to the blind. Now, blind kids can draw pictures to their hearts' content; and, in seconds, parents and teachers can produce tactile diagrams of formerly "visual concepts". Perhaps best of all, you don't need any specialized, expensive plastic sheets or writing instruments to do it - thin copy paper or even thick Braille paper will work nicely!
Directions for the Raised-Line Drawing Board From Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.
Don't let this product's somewhat basic design fool you! Because, even though it appears to be nothing more than a glorified wooden picture frame, it actually does serve a real purpose - and a mighty exciting one at that!
Our tactile drawing board is a low-cost, practical instrument you can use to create your very own raised pictures and drawings. It requires no special, expensive paper or plastic film, nor do you need to use an odd-looking, adapted pen to produce raised lines.
To get started, just place a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" letter-sized paper into the indented opening, face-up, on the board. Next, pick up an ordinary pen, and, pressing firmly, draw anything you like. As you press steadily on the pen and move it over the surface of your paper, the specially-designed mesh between your sheet and the wooden board will make easily-felt raised lines on your paper, which you can feel by simply turning over the page.
And now for a couple of quick hints. Although any thickness of paper works equally well (and all yield raised lines of the same height), using thicker card stock or Braille paper may prove easier - especially for children - as a thicker page won't wrinkle as you draw. Also, you may use your favorite pen (regardless of its specs), but do take care to not draw too fast; you'll want to slow down and apply firm, constant pressure, in order to achieve best results.
(From the Toy Department shelf.)