Feel Good about Your Tactile Graphics

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Presented at 3:30pm in Westminster II on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Gaeir Dietrich, Access Specialist, Consultant
  • Robert Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist, Kansas City Kansas Community College

Session Details

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


Creating tactile graphics can be daunting to the beginner, but it doesn't have to be that hard. By focusing on “what is important to the graphic,” you will be able to plan and structure your graphic without getting lost in the details. We will discuss planning and creating your graphic, as well as tools and repositories to make your job easier.


Creating tactile graphics can be challenging, but it can also be fun. This session will focus on the concept of “what is important to the graphic.” We will discuss when an image needs to be turned into a tactile and when alt text is sufficient. Consideration will also be given to when a 3D model is preferable to a raised-line graphic. We will look at planning a graphic from the book to the tactile. We will also discuss available resources and repositories for both creating and repurposing available graphics. Participants are encouraged to bring their own challenging materials so together we can demonstrate strategies for handling the image.


  1. Creating tactile graphics is a process of determining what is important in the graphic
  2. Planning graphics means considering what needs to be included and which production technique should be used
  3. Resources and repositories are available to help with producing tactile graphics

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Gaeir Dietrich

Gaeir Dietrich is a nationally recognized expert in the field of alternate media, assistive technology, and Section 508 compliance. Gaeir has served on advisory boards for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Bookshare, the DIAGRAM Center, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center. In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education.

Robert Beach

Robert has been the Assistive Technology Specialist at Kansas City Kansas Community College since January of 1994. He is a member of AHEAD and ATHEN. He currently serves on the ATHEN Executive Board as a Member at Large Representative and on the Advisory Council for the Assistive Technology for Kansans Project. He has presented several sessions at previous Accessing Higher Ground conferences as well as other regional and national conferences.


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