[nobe-l] raised letters

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 3 15:15:26 UTC 2016

Thanks for responding to my questions. And keep ideas coming if you have 
Tara, I thought of wiki sticks, but those can get sticky and I want 
something more permanent. I think something with using felt or magnets would 
be great, like the wheatley kit from APH, but as I said before, I do not 
think the wheatley kit has raised letters in it. It does have a ton of 
shapes and lines
My nephew has a magnet kit with shapes that you build various structures 
with; we have built houses and castles together.
I thought the same concept could be used  to make tactile diagrams, only 
drawback is I'd have to buy several magnetic boards to make several 

Maybe I'll call APH and ask them.

Kelsey, I do not know how to sew and this idea of sewing strips together is 
too time consuming anyways, but thanks.
Jasmine, foam letters might work if I'm showing something that the 
individual does not have to
review it again as they are not permanently fixed to the paper.
I'm looking for ideas to both illustrate something on the spot that is not 
permanent, but also something that the person can take with them to review.

One other idea is using graphic art tape, but this only works for straight 
letters as this cannot be bent; I've tried to bend it and it then does not 
stick to paper.
I also need to ensure she can feel it so I'll bring in the tape and see what 
she thinks when I next see her; if she can feel it, I can use it.

Thanks all.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tara Abella via NOBE-L
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:20 AM
To: National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List
Cc: taranabella0 at gmail.com
Subject: Re: [nobe-l] raised letters

Hi Ashley,

Have you thought about using Wickie sticks? They are thin wax sticks you can 
easily cut to the size you want and bend into the letters. They are very 
cheap, I got a pack for less than 5 dollars and you can peel them off and 
reuse them.

Hope this helps,

Tara Abella

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 27, 2016, at 11:58 PM, Ashley Bramlett via NOBE-L 
> <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> When I informally teach/tutor other blind people, I might need raised 
> letters to label graphics. I’d use braille if they knew braille. Those 
> losing vision later in life do not know braille and may lack the 
> sensativity to read it.
> What low tech solutions work well? I’m visually impaired myself, but can 
> see enough to draw the letters provided there is enough contrast. I’ve 
> heard a common method is using glue or puff paint. The drawback is that it 
> takes a long time to dry and it is not very raised. Maybe there is 
> something else that takes less time to dry that I can buy.
> Ideally, I’d like letters I might be able to move around but are also 
> durable enough to be used a while. I like the idea of the wheatley kit 
> from APH since its various lines and shapes can show a lot, but I don’t 
> think it has raised letters.
> Is there some other type of craft paint I can get from a store? Is there 
> something I can draw with that raises up on paper? Maybe a thermal pen? 
> How much does that cost?
> Thanks for any ideas.
> Ashley
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