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1-800-TACK-TILE (822-5845) U.S.
or 603 382 1904 //Fax 603 382 1748
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
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.
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.
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
History of Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems
The graphics page has several image based appendages.
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
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"
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:
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.
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.
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
can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCLAIMER: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies
which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
IntelliKeys® is a trademark
of Cambium Learning Group of Dallas, TX., which does
not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.
is a registered trademark of TACK-TILES® Braille Systems LLC. All rights
Text page revised 26 January 2015
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