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New from Touching The News: Tactile Map of Gaza Strip and West Bank

New from Touching The News: Tactile Map of Gaza Strip and West Bank

Braille labeled map and key of Israel/Palestine, including Gaza and West Bank.

Title: Israel, Gaza, West Bank

Description: Map of Israel-Palestine, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan, and neighboring countries. The map includes a north arrow and scale, approximately 1 inch = 40 miles. The Mediterranean Sea borders to the northwest, Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, Gulf of Aqaba to the south, and Egypt to the southwest. Countries are represented by an empty fill with solid borders. Gaza on the west and West Bank on the east, occupied Palestinian territories, are represented by a textured fill. The Dead Sea overlaps the border with Jordan, partially within the West Bank. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are represented by circles. Golan, a disputed territory of Syria is to the north, with Lebanon to its north and Jordan to its south.

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  • PRNs for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDFs for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDFs with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source and related articles: Israel’s borders explained in maps, BBC news; Mapping Israeli Occupation, Al Jazeera; The toll of Israeli strikes on Gaza: Mapping the destruction left behind, Washington Post; The World Factbook Israel map.

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Touching The News: What will the Harriet Tubman $20 bill look like (when it happens)?

Touching The News: What will the Harriet Tubman $20 bill look like (when it happens)?

Digital illustration of $20 bill with braille labels, including Harriet Tubman on front, Washington Monument, White House, and Andrew Jackson statue on back.Title: Conceptual Rendering of Harriet Tubman $20 Bill

Description: Concept drawings of the front and back of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, including braille labels where they would appear on the printed bill. Front of bill shows Harriet Tubman, from head to below shoulders, wearing a large-collared jacket. Back of bill includes images of the Washington Monument, the White House, and a statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse.

To the best of our knowledge, there are no planned accessibility features for this new bill design.

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ZIP folder contains files for producing the 3-page tactile graphics on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, portrait:

  • PRNs for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDFs for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDFs with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source and related articles: When will Harriet Tubman adorn the $20 bill? Washington Post, Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill may take years. Here’s why. New York Times, Biden’s Treasury will seek to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, an effort the Trump administration halted. New York Times. Learn more about Harriet Tubman.

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Touching The News: What does the International Space Station look like?

Touching The News: What does the International Space Station look like?

side-by-side graphic and diagram of International Space Station with braille labelsTitles, from left: International Space Station,  International Space Station Diagram

Description: 3-page graphic containing an illustration of the International Space Station as seen from the Zenith (above), a layout diagram, and a key to abbreviations. The drawing shows the truss system horizontally, with solar arrays extending vertically up and down on the page, radiators up, and a series of connected modules. The diagram shows the same layout, using lines to connect feature labels, as well as the orientation with directions Aft, Port, Forward, Starboard (Zenith and Nadir omitted for clarity). The key contains abbreviations with additional information.

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ZIP folder contains files for producing the 3-page tactile graphics on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, landscape:

  • PRNs for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDFs for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDFs with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source: International Space Station Facts and Figures

Related articles and podcasts: NASA Podcasts, NASA 3D models for 3D printing, Spacewalk to Install First New Solar Array Concluded

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Touching The News: What does NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter look like?

Touching The News: What does NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter look like?

Mars helicopter tactile graphic with braille labels, front and top views with legs, fuselage, and 2 sets of rotors.

Title: Mars Ingenuity Helicopter

Description: Side and top views of Mars Ingenuity Helicopter with braille labels. Side view labels from top: telecommunication, solar panel, rotor system, fuselage, landing system. Top view shows solar panel, telecommunication, and rotors with arrow showing rotation, labeled: rotating carbon fiber blades, 1.2m diameter.

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ZIP folder contains files for producing tactile graphics on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, portrait:

  • PRN for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDF for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDF with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source: Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Quick Facts, Mars Helicopter Status Updates, Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Fact Sheet (PDF)

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How many daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases are there in the US and the World?

How many daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases are there in the US and the World?

graph with braille labels, two lines increasing and decreasing from origin along x- and y-axes

Tactile graphic title: Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases per mil people: US and world, updated May 25, 2021

Description: Braille graph with two plotted lines. Solid line for US, dashed line for World. X-axis is Date (2020-2021) with markers for Mar 1, Jul 1, Nov 1, Feb 1, May 1. Y-axis is Cases per million, from 0 to 800. Solid line (US) peaks around 750 cases per million people in February 2021. Dashed line (world) peaks around 50 cases per million people in early February and mid-April of 2021.

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  • PRN for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDF for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDF with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source: Our World In Data – Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people, Our World In Data – COVID Cases

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What percentage of the population have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

What percentage of the population have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

graph with braille labels, line increasing from origin along x- and y-axes

Tactile graphic title: Share of the population that received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine, through May 17

Description: Braille graph with a plotted line increasing from the origin along the x- and y-axes, reaching approximately 47% in mid-May. End of line is labeled “US,” with another tick labeled “world” at about 9%. X-axis is Date (2020-2021) with markers for Jan 1, Mar 1, May 1. Y-axis is Percentage, from 0 to 100. Note that this does not equal percentage fully vaccinated, but rather those who have received at least one dose.

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  • PRN for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDF for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDF with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

Source: Our World In Data – Share of population who received at least one vaccine dose, Our World In Data – COVID Vaccinations

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How many COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US?

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US?

graph with braille labels, line increasing and decreasing

Tactile graphic title: US: Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered, Dec 21, 2020 – May 17, 2021

Description: Braille graph with a plotted line increasing along the x- and y-axes, dipping a few times, peaking in mid-April with just over 3 million, then decreasing again. X-axis is Date (2020-2021) with markers for Jan 1, Mar 1, May 1. Y-axis is doses, from 0 to 3 million. Note that this shows number of doses, which may be different than number of people vaccinated, depending on vaccine.

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  • PRN for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDF for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDF with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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Source: Our World In Data – US Daily Vaccines, Our World In Data – COVID Vaccinations

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What does the Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face (ROFL) emoji look like?

What does the Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face (ROFL) emoji look like?

Four emojis with braille labels: grinning face, grinning face with squinting eyes, face with tears of joy, rolling on the floor laughing face

Title: ROFL Emoji (and 3 others)

Description: Four emojis, from top left to bottom right, all with circular head, and open, smiling mouth. Grinning face: oval eyes. Grinning face with squinting eyes: squinting eyes as sideways “V” shapes. Face with tears of joy: closed eyes as curved lines, upward eyebrows, one tear on each side of face. Rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL) face: head rotated 30-degrees, squinting eyes, one tear on each side of face.

How to use emoji on your iPhone. How to use emoji on your Android device.

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ZIP folder contains files for producing tactile graphics on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, portrait:

  • PRN for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDF for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDF with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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What does Flattening the Curve look like?

What does Flattening the Curve look like?

Flattening the curve graph, two curves increasing and decreasing along x-axis, with braille labels.

Title: Flattening the Curve.

Description: Graph with three lines, x-axis label: Time since first case, y-axis label: Daily number of cases. The first line is a tall curve labeled “Cases without protective measures,” starts at the origin with its peak high on the y-axis. The second line is a short curve labeled “Cases with protective measures,” starts at the origin, with its peak about 25% height of the first line and further to the right (more time since first case), the top just reaches the third line. The third line labeled “Capacity of the healthcare system” is straight and horizontal at the lower portion of the graph, about 25% up from the origin.

Source: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve, The New York Times,

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ZIP folder contains files for producing tactile graphics on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, landscape:

  • PRNs for ViewPlus Columbia / Delta, APH PixBlaster, IRIE BrailleTrac / BrailleSheet;
  • PDFs for Swell, Microcapsule or PIAF;
  • Reference PDFs with corresponding large print text (not for tactile production).

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How to unzip/uncompress: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, MacOS.

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