These thermoformed tactile maps are a comprehensive aid to geographic instruction and orientation.
With tactile maps of all the continents, regions, and countries of the world, World Maps are reproduced from original high-quality works by The Princeton Braillists. They differ from other tactile maps in that they use clear variations in height and texture, allowing a greater amount of readable information in a given space.
Thermoformed on durable 11.5 x 11 inch vinyl, the maps include rivers, mountain ranges, bodies of water, and other physical features, and country borders and capital cities. Labeled in braille, the facing pages have key information in braille and large print.
Article excerpt from the field, by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI
Originally published in the Fred's Head From APH Blog
“This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me.”
As the song, “This Land is Your Land,” states this land was made for you and me, but children without sight struggle to understand the concepts of land, bodies of water as well as other types of topography and with good reason. A sighted child can watch television, a DVD, look at pictures in a book, or on a map and be able to understand spatial concepts, land and water formations when learning vocabulary terms.
However, children without sight are at times simply taught straight vocabulary words about the earth without any conceptual building, hands-on or real experiences. Educators and parents innocently deter students without sight when teaching children about rivers, lakes, oceans, mountains, and hills. We just assume that if we say the word, the definition, and put it in a sentence, we have covered the skill.
Thank goodness for APH’s Social Studies section that includes: History, Geography and Economics. APH recognizes that without hands-on, a child with limited or no vision will struggle with directions, spaces and time.
This school year I have had the pleasure of working with a new history teacher who is enthusiastic, energetic and includes my student who is blind in all activities. She has been concerned and asked many questions about how a difficult concept could be taught to someone who could not see the images on her powerpoint presentations. Imagine her happiness when I showed up with a desk World Map, a braille globe, an atlas and my favorite, the large colorful U. S. Puzzle Map. APH also offers a braille state map collection that is embossed and printed for the four regions in the United States: Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Central and Western Region.
My student placed his hands on the continents from APH's World at your Fingers one day and said, “Oh, I get it now!”
Because of the American Printing House for the Blind, and an enthusiastic young teacher, my student without sight believes that this land was also made for him.
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