Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) will often find it necessary to produce a tactile graphic for a student when one is not available in the text. The PIAF (Pictures in a Flash) is a very useful tool for creating tactile graphics quickly from a print copy.
The image is of a tactile graphic produced by Jim Clark and adapted from the FOSS Magnetism and Electricity kit.
- PIAF machine
- Swell paper
- Xerox machine
- Print copy of the image
- Download the image
- Fit the image to a standard size piece of paper, 8.5"X11"
- Xerox the image onto swell paper (This paper is called Puff paper in Canada.)
- Run the swell paper through the PIAF machine. (In Canada, this machine is known as a Puffer.)
- The printed image becomes a tactile graphic in seconds.