BEST, DepEd train SPED teachers, LR professionals in producing tactile images
The BEST Program, in cooperation with DepEd-Bureau of Learning Resources (BLR), held a week-long training on 1-5 October 2018 to produce tactile images for use by visually impaired learners or those with low vision.
Tactile images are representations of nontextual materials such as illustrations, maps, charts, and other graphic features that are included in learning resources. They have raised outlines or surfaces that visually challenged learners can feel with their fingertips.
Three experts from the Indian Institute of Technology conducted the training to capacitate a total of 75 Learning Resource Supervisors, Special Education (SPED) teachers, and illustrators from various DepEd regions on the use of CorelDraw and Microsoft Word to create the tactile images they can use in their respective schools and regions. The images will be used for classes in English, Filipino, MAPEH, mathematics, science, and reading readiness for different grade levels.
CorelDraw X7 software is the industry standard for producing complicated illustrative materials that will be converted to tactile images while Microsoft Word is used to create simple images.
Ms. Jercellyn Joy Dagoc, Special Education Teacher 1 from Sison Central Elementary School SPED Center in Surigao del Norte, expressed delight in being one of the participants to undergo the training.
“With tactile images, visually challenged learners will be more excited to attend our classes. They will have greater confidence to participate in a regular class. For me, as a teacher, there is an extra sense of fulfillment when learners with disabilities are able to fully participate in class,” said Ms. Dagoc.
In May 2018, Australia, through the BEST Program, donated a Braille embosser, Swell-Form machines, Swell-Form paper, and Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY) players to BLR to allow them to develop contextualized learning materials for use by visually impaired learners. The Swell-Form machines and paper were used in the production of the tactile images.