E.A.S.Y. Tactile Graphics | Drawing Tools for the Blind http://www.easytactilegraphics.com inTACT is a set of tactile drawing tools that brings learning, creativity and fun to the blind and visually impaired. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:50:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Tactile Graphics for Athletic Training and Coaching http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/tactile-graphics-for-athletic-training-and-coaching/ http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/tactile-graphics-for-athletic-training-and-coaching/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:33:56 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=1266 Dustin Walsh, shown in competition in the photos above,  is the sole author of the article on athletics and tactile graphics posted below. Dustin is a Canadian Paralympic athlete.  Here is a brief profile copied directly from the Canadian Paralympics webpage, where you can read more about Dustin:  http://paralympic.ca/dustin-walsh Growing up in Coquitlam B.C., Dustin [...]

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Doodling, Creativity, and Tactile Graphics http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/doodling-creativity-tactile-graphics/ Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:04:23 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=1178 What is doodling? It has various definitions, but the best one I think is simply this :  drawing any kinds of marks in any kind of way, that just feels good, might have no purpose, and might be entirely unrecognizable to someone else!  It’s like (nearly) mindless daydreaming or humming or tapping your fingers on [...]

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inTACT Year in review 2014 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/intact-year-review-2014/ Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=1148 What a perfect time and place to be writing this blog. 5:00 AM on January first. So quiet. The loudest sound is the clock ticking in the kitchen. Here in the living room, the Christmas tree is still looking robust and proud of itself. The strings of lights are unplugged but each of the fifty [...]

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Blind People can be Visual Learners, Too http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/blind-people-can-visual-learners/ http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/blind-people-can-visual-learners/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:23:20 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=951   When I mention that I am a visual learner, even though I am blind, most sighted people give me the verbal equivalent of a raised eyebrow. But if you’re blind, you might know exactly what I mean. Is it easier and more enjoyable for you to read a book in Braille or using text [...]

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First notes from a tactile graphics study Part 1 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/first-notes-from-a-tactile-graphics-study-part-1/ Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:14:23 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=311 First a disclaimer. We at E.A.S.Y. LLC have probably taken note of the tactile graphics skills and attitudes of close to two hundred BLV people, and half again as many sighted individuals with personal and professional ties to the BLV world. Despite this exposure, I can’t claim to be a scholar of this topic. I’m [...]

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Experiencing the NFB Louisiana Convention http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/experiencing-the-nfb-louisiana-convention/ Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:10:19 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=309 March 14 to 16, Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge Louisiana. That was the time and place of the Louisiana NFB Affiliate Convention. I attended as a representative and salesperson for E.A.S.Y. LLC, the Vermont start-up making waves in the world of tactile graphics. This must be the sixth State Convention I’ve attended, and one thing became [...]

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Drawing Outside the Lines http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/drawing-outside-the-lines/ Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=305 Here’s a story that proves that experience can be humiliating, instructive and inspiring at the same time. Quick background: our young company, E.A.S.Y. LLC, has been around long enough that we’ve got a really solid base of experience with our intended customers. After all, no product design engineer worth her or his salt can be [...]

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Everybody’s gotta draw http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/everybodys-gotta-draw/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:45:40 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=301 Once a year, my grown daughter and I, minus her kids, take a long weekend off in New York City. We take in a show, walk miles, eat more than we should, and find delight in the endless surprises the Big Apple always supplies. We did this again last weekend, and the experience was, as [...]

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Reflections on an NFB Theme http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/reflections-on-an-nfb-theme/ Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:42:11 +0000 http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/?p=299 In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m an engineer. There it is; right up front; out of the closet. Among other quirks and peculiarities, this means that I tend to look at things schematically. I like words and they generally like me, but my bias is that if I can render an idea as a [...]

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