[Blindmath] thoughts on a PIAF please

Susan Osterhaus osterhauss at tsbvi.edu
Mon Feb 4 01:03:14 CST 2013


Hi Dorine,

Once I create my black line master, I print it on regular paper in any
printer. Then, I copy it onto the SwellTouch paper by sending the paper
through the by-pass tray on the side of the copy machine one sheet at a
time. We purchase our SwellTouch paper from American Thermoform Company,
but Humanware has the same paper. I think they both import it from Europe
or elsewhere. Reprotronics has something called Flexi-Paper. I have never
printed directly onto the SwellTouch paper.

Susan

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Hi Susan,

What swell paper and what printer do you use? Do you print on the
swellpaper directly?
We had trouble printing with a laser printer on Zyfuse paper; it was too
hot, so the paper swelled, got sticky and jammed the printer when running
through.

Dorine in 't Veld

Op 2013-01-25 23:54, Susan Osterhaus schreef:
> I really like creating my geometry tactile graphics on SwellTouch
> paper and running them through a PIAF. All the angles are so nice and
> crisp. I create them using the MS Word drawing program. I first create
> the braille-labeled one using the SwellBraille font (in 24 pt size)
> recommended by the BANA Tactile Graphics Guidelines. You can obtain
> the font for free by downloading from the Duxbury or the TSBVI website.
> http://duxburysystems.com/product2.asp?product=The%20Braille%20TrueTyp
> e%20
> Fonts&level=free&action=pur or
> http://www.tsbvi.edu/resources/1087-download-braille-and-asl-specialty
> -fon ts  Then I go back in and change all the braille to a large print
> font, and I have the exact same graph for my low vision students. It
> is both a great tactile graphic and a wonderful black line graphic for
> the low vision students. If you have a student who is transitioning
> from print to braille, this can really give them a fun headstart. If
> they still have some vision, they can both see and feel the graphic on
> SwellTouch paper.
> You might start with large print and then transition over to braille.
>
> Susan
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lewicki, Maureen [mailto:mlewicki at bcsd.neric.org]
> Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 2:15 PM
> To: SusanOsterhaus at tsbvi.edu; Blind Math list for those interested in
> mathematics
> Subject: thoughts on a PIAF please
>
> Good Day! Is anyone using a PIAF to produce graphics quickly? Please
> let me know what you think of it. Thanks!
>
> Maureen Murphy Lewicki
> Teacher of Visually Impaired
> Bethlehem Central Schools
> (518)439-7681
> "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is
> wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller
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