[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Typhlo & Tactus Tactile Book Contest 2013
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Typhlo & Tactus Tactile Book Contest 2013
U.S. entries invited in international tactile book competition!
Typhlo & Tactus (T&T) is an organization dedicated to improving the
quality and quantity of books with tactile illustrations available to
young children with visual impairments in member countries. T&T conducts
an exciting biennial international tactile book competition. The
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the U.S. national contact
organization, publicizing the competition, directing participants to
competition guidelines, and accepting and judging U.S. entries.
A panel of U.S. judges will review each entry sent to APH and select the
top 5 tactile books to send overseas for final adjudication by an
international panel of children and adults with visual impairments, as
well as professionals in the field of vision. A single winning entry
will be chosen, along with ten shortlisted books. Selected books may be
featured at the T&T website, appear in posters, or in promotional
materials used by T&T.
*If you reside in the U.S. or its outlying areas (American Samoa,
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin
Islands) this is your chance to send APH your tactile book, designed for
children with visual impairments from birth to 12 years of age!*
Start now! Entries must be received at APH by: July 15, 2013
* *All entries must be accompanied by a completed U.S. entry form
* *Please include a self-addressed envelope with your entry* so that
we can return your book to you after the competition has ended. All
entries will be returned "free matter for the blind" unless you
stamp the envelope and prepay postage for another form of delivery.
* *Mail your entry to:*
Attn: Roberta Williams, T&T Book Competition
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206-3152
As an additional source of information regarding tactile books and the
variety of techniques used to create them, you may download "Guide to
Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children's Books
<../illustration.htm>" from the APH website.
Requirements to Enter Typhlo & Tactus
Entries may be based on an original story or may be an adaptation of a
commercially-published children's story. They may utilize a number of
different types of tactile illustration, including cut and paste,
thermoform, embossing, or sewn fabric. All books, however, must meet
these main requirements:
* Be in a legible font (at least 16pt) AND in contracted or
* Use colors and contrasts that will stimulate children with low vision.
* Have a binding that allows the pages to open out flat.
* Have an engaging well-written text that can be translated into other
languages. (Alphabet books, for example, are not suitable for
* Have illustrations that could, if desired, be produced in quantity
so that additional copies of the book can be made.
* Be safe for young children to use and not contain anything which
could present a danger to a young child.
*Note:* Text books should not be entered in this competition.
*Visit the T&T website <http://www.tactus.org/> for further information
about entry requirements and to view past T&T winners!*
Questions? Email: Roberta Williams, rwilliams at aph.org
<mailto:rwilliams at aph.org>
Now get those creative wheels turning! We want to see what you think
makes a winning and appropriate tactile book for children birth to 12
years with visual impairments!
International Tactile Book Contest
APH <http://www.aph.org/edresearch/tactile-book-contest/>will be teaming
up with European-based Typhlo & Tactus <http://www.tactus.org/>this year
to sponsor a tactile book contest. Typhlo & Tactus (T&T) is an
organization dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of books
with tactile illustrations available to young children with visual
impairments in member countries. T&T conducts an exciting biennial
international tactile book competition and this year they will be
working with APH to accept entries from the USA.
Entries must be received at APH by July 15, 2013.
See the winner from the last contest: Henry Jack Tactile Book
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