Building capacity: eTextile tactile storybook workshops

Leona Holloway, Kirsten Ellis, Louise Curtin

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The first step to literacy is engagement with books and the printed word. This is even more important for children who are blind or have severe low vision, as active touch is required for exposure to meaning through tactile books. ETextiles offer an affordable and innovative method for enhancing tactile book pages with sensory inputs and interaction to encourage engagement. We explored the training requirements for people to incorporate eTextiles into tactile story books, even without prior experience or skills. Through the process of creating sample materials and training adults and children at public workshops, we developed a set of guiding principles for facilitating workshops on creating tactile story books with eTextiles to encourage tactile engagement in children with vision impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS ’19 - The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
EditorsShiri Azenkot, Shaun Kane
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366762
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventACM SIGACCESS International Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States of America
Duration: 28 Oct 201930 Oct 2019
Conference number: 21st


ConferenceACM SIGACCESS International Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2019
Abbreviated titleASSETS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Accessibility
  • Blind
  • Children
  • ETextiles
  • Interaction
  • Tactile
  • Vision Impairment
  • Workshops

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