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1-800-TACK-TILE (822-5845) U.S. and Canada or 603 382 1904 //Fax 603 382 1748
Tack-Tiles® are about
teaching, learning, exploring, enjoying Braille. They exist to provide a unique
bridge, a smoother, shorter, more interesting path to Braille literacy; they
differ from Lego® style blocks in four minor but very important ways:
First, the large, flat surface of each Tack-Tile® has bumps the same
diameter as Lego® style blocks, but only as many and positioned as needed
by the particular Braille character. Needless to say, a very
large Braille character.
Second, the bumps are dome-shaped as opposed to flat.
Third, the upper left-hand corner of each Tack-Tile® is rounded to identify
its proper, upright, position. The remaining three corners are squared.
Fourth, on the front-most vertical surface the print version of the Braille
code is affixed. Dots two, five, six, for instance is marked "dd / dis /
." The entire braille code is not there, of course. Space is
limited, but much of the grade one and two code is there.
Beyond that, Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems are completely interchangeable
with off the shelf, Lego® style blocks. Tack-Tiles®are
brightly colored in red, blue yellow and white. The slates are black and beige.
Tack-Tiles® are used with unique slates (four 5"x 7", and four
10"x15"are included) to create words, sentences, paragraphs, games.
The large slates accept eight rows of twenty characters. The smaller accept
four lines of ten. Tactile lines separate the vertical rows,
a small space separates each character from its neighbor.
The systems were designed
by a parent desperate to create a path smooth enough for himself and his
severely disabled son to travel. Children, adults, seniors, student Braille
instructors, professors, classroom teachers, siblings , classmates, visually
impaired parents of sighted children, and many others have already discovered
Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems to be an exceptional aid to learning, teaching,
communicating, and enjoying this magnificent, poetic, language.
We now stock sets in
English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian literary Braille, as well as
Nemeth Braille code for mathematics, computer Braille code, and Braille code
for music notation.
My graphics page next has a
link to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader®. I cannot vouch for
the accessability of Adobe®'s
site. This reader is used to accomplish my primary purpose, to provide a
download of our latest print and graphic brochure in PDF format. Links are
immediately below if you are interested. Write or call if you desire a hard
copy of a print or Braille brochure.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
You can now place orders by
credit card via a secure server on-line. Pricing and ordering information have
been added to the "How to Order" page at the link below.
History of Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems
The graphics page has several image based appendages.
First: A line of
hyperlinked text reads: "Click here for a better look at a single
TACK-TILE®." This loads an image of one large bright yellow
TACK-TILE® with dots 2,5,6. Some of the detail of
the support slate it's mounted on is visible. The drawing is marked with arrows
pointing out the rounded upper left corner, and the indicia [dd/dis/.] printed on the bottom vertical surface. Text and
arrows report the dimensions of the TACK-TILE®to
be Approximately 0.936 inches -- 2.37 centimeters
long; 0.625 inches -- 1.58 centimeters wide, and 0.375 inches -- 0.95
centimeters high. Four paragraphs of text surround this image
describing it as follows:
"A Tack-Tile® is
interchangeable with any of the LEGO® -type blocks on the market. When I
bought my first MAC 128 computer back in 1984, it was magical! The thing
allowed me to mix my own text and graphics on the screen, then
print them out. (I know -- sounds pedestrian by today's standards). Anyway, it
was more magical by far when teaching Kevin that year I did the same --in three
dimensions -- with hand-fashioned Tack-Tiles®. Tack-Tiles® support
slates accept LEGO-type blocks; boards bought at toy stores accept Tack-Tiles® , yet differences exist. Tack-Tiles® slates are
heavier and have receptor sites spaced like letters and lines of text. The
receptors are rounded making placement of Tack-Tiles® easy even for many
with fine and gross motor control problems. Tack-Tiles® may be pushed on
with whatever force is available. There's really no problem with too much or
too little. Their tendency is to stay put even when simply lain in place. Two
hand tracking practice using the slates alone is comfortable -- like reading a
large field of "for" signs."
Next: An image no more than
three times the size of a postage stamp invites a click to blow it up to full
screen showing an opened satchel-type plastic case spilling four large support
slates and four small support slates. Two of the large slates are covered
completely with TACK-TILES®. Some tiles are scattered around on their sides fronts and backs for effect. The image is surrounded
by the text below:
TheTACK-TILES® Braille Systems Starter
Sets all consist of 320 Tack-Tiles® , four large support slates (8 rows of
twenty places), four smaller support slates (4 rows of 10 places), and a valise
type carrying case. The 320 tiles represent every possible dot combination
known to Braille and include a number of smooth surfaced Tack-Tiles®. The
English, Spanish, German, and French sets include five of each of the sixty
four possibilities. The math sets and the music sets contain as many as ten of
the frequently needed tiles, and as few as one of the less often needed tiles.
The price of a set of Tack-Tiles® Braille System does not vary at present.
Two new images were added
in April, 1999. They are pictures of new products. One is called the
Tack-Tiles® Keypad for IntelliKeys®. The
other is called the Tack-Tiles® Braille Teaser. The Teaser is now in stock
as is the The TACK-TILES® Braille Systems Keypad
for IntelliKeys®. Immediately below are links to
text descriptions of each.
Tack-Tiles® Computer Keypad for IntelliKeys®.
Tack-Tiles Braille Teaser.
A new item has been added.
It's the TACK-TILES® Braille Systems Calendar kit. A link to a text
description lies immediately below, followed by a link to a list of links to
other interesting Braille sites.
Finally: Clickable text
presents an opportunity to view a photograph of Kevin C. Murphy taken by Sherry
Raynor of Blind Children's Fund in Lansing, MI, when I was at the 1996 convention
of the California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped in San Diego. No text -- the errant clicker will
know punishment enough.
Kevin Murphy can be reached
by e-mail at email@example.com
DISCLAIMER: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies
which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
IntelliKeys® LEGO® is a trademark of Intellitools Corp. of Novato, CA.,
which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
Systems and components are protected under U.S. Patent nos. 4,880,384 and
5,391,078 and 5,820,377 and 5,551,877 and 5,536,170. Canadian
Patent no. 1306863. EPO Patent no. 0702821. Australian Patent no. 686183. Russian
Patent no. RU 2126555 C1. Other US, and international patents pending.
TACK-TILES® is a registered trademark of TACK-TILES® Braille Systems
LLC. All rights reserved.
Text page revised 9 September 2005
TACK-TILES® Braille Systems LLC
P.O. Box 475
Plaistow, NH 03865 U.S.A.
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