[bksvol-discuss] Re: tactile aids? Re: bksvol-discuss Digest V2 #51

  • From: "Tiffany H. Jessen" <tjessen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 14:10:04 -0500

That was one thing I've noticed on my trips to Europe. Everything there is
so much older than the things here, but everyone went out of their way to
help me experience as much as I could. In many of the museums and castles
not only was I given extra time and attention to have descriptions of
things, but often they would unlock display counters and fences, or let me
go under the ropes and walk around inside the display areas so I could touch
things. I walked on walls and climbed on statues, and put the top half of a
suit of armor on and all kinds of other things. Other times while the rest
of my tour group were watching a filmstrip and doing a Q and A about the
production of wine, I actually got to go out in the vineyards and see how
things were grown and cut on particular angles, and then got to do a little
of it myself. Afterwards when the group was touring the factory I was
permitted to go in behind the glass where typically everyone else isn't
permitted and touch some of the machines and basins.
I do get to touch things here in the U.S. sometimes, but they're usually
very hesitant about it. I'll have to look it up, but either the metropolitan
museum of modern ard or natural history has a few things which you're not
supposed to touch, but they will let you if you're blind. They even have the
pamflets in braille and large print. They don't just tell the history and
symbolism like the normal pamflets, but they also tell you where to put your
hands and what color everything is.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sarah Van Oosterwijck" <curiousentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 12:01 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: tactile aids? Re: bksvol-discuss Digest V2 #51

> Yes, I am jealous too.  I went to a school for the blind as well as to
> public school, but they only had a small number of tactile things.  We
> had a truly enormous globe, but not much else.
> Most of the things I had represented for me were done with that puffy
> which people used on enlarged copies of maps.  They worked since I got an
> in geography using them.  One map was done with a different type of glue
> I almost passed out from the awful smell when taking a test on eastern
> lol
> I wish they would have used the thermoform machine more in copying tactile
> images instead of only for copying Braille.
> I have heard of places that had representations of buildings in miniature,
> but they usually don't let anyone touch those either, so it defeats the
> purpose of having them in my opinion.  I think I once got to touch a
> models of some unique buildings in Minneapolis, but there were too many
> distractions, so I was a bit hurried and confused about what was what.
> Other than that, I have only seen some representations of the Eiffel
> It is actually amazing how many touchable things a person is never allowed
> to examine.  I get tired of only being able to examine animal pelts. :-)
> Sarah Van Oosterwijck
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