Experiences of Students with Visual Disabilities with Tactile Graphics

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 3:30pm in Westminster I on Wednesday, November 14.



  • Zerrin Ondin, Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Guy Toles, Braille Production Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session will present the results of nation-wide survey on tactile graphics. Aim of the survey was to investigate experiences of students with visual disabilities with tactile graphics. How tactile graphics can be designed in a way to support students’ learning will be discussed in the light of the results.


Tactile graphics have been used in education to provide alternative format for visual content. There are guidelines for designing and developing tactile graphics but they lack user input. In order words, guidelines for tactile graphics were not developed including end user’s feedback. This study aims to fill out this gap and investigates users’ insights on tactile graphics. Higher education students with visual disabilities were included in this study. Their experiences were explored in terms of ease of use of tactile graphics and challenges they encounter as well as their feedback on how to design tactile graphics better. Results of the survey will be presented and pedagogical design specifications for tactile graphics will be discussed during this session.


  1. Students with visual disabilities
  2. Tactile graphics
  3. Higher Education

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Zerrin Ondin

Zerrin has a doctorate in Instructional Design and Technologies from Virginia Tech and she earned a graduate level certification in Human-Computer Interaction from the same university. Prior to joining AMAC, Zerrin has worked with Assistive Technology Research Lab where she conducted research related to assistive mobile reading technologies for people with visual impairments. At AMAC, Zerrin works on variety of research projects focusing pedagogical accessibility, universal design for learning, user experience in educational context, and assistive learning technologies.

Guy Toles

As the Braille Production Manager, Guy Toles helps process braille orders from our members. This includes transcribing, proofing, and creating tactiles for orders completed internally as well as managing projects that are outsourced. Guy Toles earned a Bachelor's in Marketing from the University of Georgia. He also is certified through the Library of Congress as a Literary and Mathematics Braille Transcriber. Currently he serves as BANA (Braille Authority of North America) board member.