Addressing the Gap in Tactile Graphic Resources: Current and Future Projects

Scheduled at 11:15am in Windsor on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Nicole Johnson, Lead Alternative Media Technician, Central Washington University

Session Details

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


This presentation will focus on some of the gaps in tactile graphic resources, what is being done to address them, and possibilities for long-term academic research to refine production standards.


Tactile graphics are an alternative way to present visual information and can be an important component in the education of students with visual impairments. Unfortunately, quality production is time-consuming and costly. This presentation will address two main points, the first is work being done to help develop the DIAGRAM Center project, ImageShare, which addresses this resource gap. The second focus will be on future possibilities for long-term academic research to gain a deeper understanding of tactile graphic perception. This goal of this research is to aid in refining tactile graphic standards and improve the educational resources available to students with visual impairments.


  1. Tactile graphics
  2. Open-source educational material
  3. Research and development

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Nicole Johnson

Tactile graphic technician at Central Access pursuing long-term academic research focused on developing resources and refining standards for tactile learning materials.