[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

  • From: "Nigel Herring" <nigel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:20:12 +1100

HI Bob,


Unfortunately I missed you when you were in Australia recently.


I have just responded to Phia with the same information but in case you miss
it I have some thoughts related to this in a paper on my web site.

It is entitled 'Considerations for Embosser produced Tactile Graphics' and
can be found about halfway down the page at



Nigel Herring



33B Sheppard Road

Emu Plains

NSW 2750

Tel. +61 2 4735 7355

Email. service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Web. www.pentronics.com.au <http://www.pentronics.com.au/>  



From: accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of bmarek
Sent: Monday, 30 January 2012 6:29 AM
To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people


It's probably silly to post a question and then to try and answer it but I,
too, find the question intriguing. I work mainly with school-age children,
where I am confronted with somewhat different challenges, like the request I
had from a 10-year old who said: I can understand drawings of people
standing but not when they are doing something. To help him and other
children solve this "problem", I developed a resource which I call
"Fleximan" but it only helps children understand what people look like when
they sit, bend down, jump, do push-ups or somersaults, kick or throw a ball
etc. but does not provide an answer to the question about how very young
blind children draw people.  My feeling is that "tadpoles" may not be an
obligatory stage in blind children's drawings. Drawing on plastic is much
harder than drawing on paper so probably blind children do not start drawing
as early as sighted kids, and, drawing a circle is not easy when you can't
see so sth like a rectangle is more likely as the main part of a person's
body. But I may be wrong

Boguslaw 'Bob' Marek


W dniu 29.01.2012 20:16, bmarek napisał(a):

Below I am copying a message from another list - a question from a friend in

Boguslaw 'Bob' Marek:

For a new project I am very interested to find out if you know of research
or resources giving an insight in the drawing development of young blind
children and if, like their sighted peers, they go through a period in which
they draw so-called "tadpole drawings", basically a circle as the head and
body in one, and then sticks as arms and legs?
kind regards,

Sonokids Australia





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