New Article: Creating a DIY Tactile Map for Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

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You want to intentionally teach your child orientation and mobility skills, so you invite your child who is blind or visually impaired on motivating excursions such as practicing a trick-or-treat route or walking to the neighborhood park.

To help your child orient to the area and to provide instruction in utilizing a map, you decide to create a tactile map.

But let’s face it—if, like me, you’re lacking a crafty side, the thought of creating a map that your child who is blind or visually impaired can utilize is a wee bit overwhelming. The good news is there are tactile map-making kits such as APH’s Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit; the bad news is two-fold.

  1. You may not own a tactile diagramming kit
  2. Your tactile diagramming kit may not create a permanent tactile map, which is what you want to create today

Enter FamilyConnect’s new article: Creating a DIY Tactile Map for Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired. It’s here to save the day.

A tactile map of a classroom created by a student, labeling the teacher, desks, bathroom, and the door

Read it to learn:

  • Key factors to consider when making a tactile map
  • Suggested supplies
  • Appropriate situations for creating a tactile map

You’ll do great! It may not look pretty, but we non-crafters can sigh with relief... it doesn’t need to look pretty!


So, show us the tactile map you make by e-mailing it familyconnect@afb.net, and I’ll share it to inspire our Facebook community.

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