Developed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, 3DPhotoWorks has three products available, which allow a blind or disabled individual to experience visual and graphic material through touch and sensory stimulation. To further assist in creating a more interactive experience, braille can be utilized for text, and sensors can be embedded so that when touched, a customized audio narrative is activated. Components that emit unique smells are also available. These three senses – touch, hearing, and smell, work together in the brain to replace the sense of sight. The user creates a mental picture from this confluence of sensory stimulation. Touching a tactile print while listening to a coordinated audio presentation creates an enhanced kinesthetic learning experience.
Prints are available in sizes up to 5′ x 10′.
Lynn Jackson, Memphis, TN
“When I can experience a painting on my own without a docent or a friend describing it to me, that represents “Freedom, Independence, and Equality.
We live in a world designed for the sighted. For people without sight, learning, achieving gainful employment, and living a meaningful life is challenging.
Humans use five senses to learn and perform life’s daily functions—sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste. Sight is considered crucial as more than 75% of what we learn is acquired through our eyes. Without sight, learning, gainful employment, and cultural inclusion are often hindered.
When learning is hindered, blind individuals and communities suffer.