[nobe-l] raised letters

Jasmine Kotsay jasmine.kotsay at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 08:31:47 UTC 2016

	I don't have any suggestions for drawing, but foam alphabet 
letters work really well.  You can use them for a long time.  
I've only seen them in puzzle form, but the letters come out of 
the puzzle board.  They're how I learned how to write.  Hope this 

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From: Ashley Bramlett via NOBE-L <nobe-l at nfbnet.org
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Subject: [nobe-l] raised letters

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.

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