In Touch With Knowledge:
The Educational History of Blind People
The four components that make up the exhibit are:
- Hands-On Reading and Writing the evolution of tactile writing for blind people from the first experiments in the eighteenth century to the development of braille and the invention of the braille writer.
- Hands-On Geography from the first hand-stitched and molded paper maps to a contemporary tactile, talking globe.
- Hands-On Mathematics the quest for a practical way to make math calculations accessible to blind people, beginning with peg and board devices in the 18th century and ending with the Nemeth braille code and talking calculators.
- Hands-On Science learning science using natural history specimens, philosophical apparatus, and anatomical models and highlighting the contributions of blind scientists, past and present.
Each of the four components of IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE includes original artifacts, reproductions, graphics, tactile exhibits, and hands-on activities. Braille labels and audio text and descriptions provide accessibility.
- Supplemental materials: Marketing packet, educational materials for teachers and students, APH & Callahan Museum brochures are included.
- Accessibility: All visual information is also presented in braille and/or audio. Four audiophones with each component provide recorded information.
- Hands-on activities: Hands-on activities are appropriate to the subject of each component reading and writing, geography, mathematics, and science.
- Tactile exhibits: Examples of tactile type, educational materials, and artifacts are reproduced for visitors to touch.
- Historical artifacts: Historical artifacts from the Callahan Museum Collection are included.
Basic Description, Requirements, Cost
Please contact the Callahan Museum for detailed information on each component.
Description: The exhibit has eight pairs of freestanding kiosks (each component has two pairs). Each pair is connected by a 6' long exhibit stretcher. The kiosks have a triangular base (3' high with sides 5 1/2' x 4' x 4') on locking casters, three graphics panels (9" x 36", 16" x 36" and 16" x 36") and a self-lighting header. The overall exhibit height is 7'. The modular nature of the exhibit allows for various floor plan configurations.
Space Requirements: 800 sq. ft. or 88 linear feet (200 sq.ft. or 22 linear feet for each component).
Electrical requirements: 16 electrical outlets, 4 for each component. Cords extend from bottom of cases.
Rental period: 8, 12, or 16 weeks Rental fee: 8 weeks, $4,000; 12 weeks, $5,000; 16 weeks, $6,000. 25% non-refundable deposit on signing of contract. Exhibitors pay for in-coming shipping.
For detailed information, contact:Callahan Museum
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 895 2405 ext. 364 or (800) 223 1839