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Typhlo & Tactus — International Tactile Illustrated Books Competition 2017

Typhlo & Tactus is an organization dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of books with tactile illustrations available to young children with visual impairments in member countries. Begun in Europe, T&T conducts an exciting biennial international tactile book competition. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the U.S. national contact organization, accepting and judging U.S. entries.

Contest Is Closed for 2017: Thank you to all U.S. entrants and best of luck at the international competition!

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A panel of U.S. judges will review entries sent to APH and select the top 5 tactile books for final adjudication by an international panel of children and adults with visual impairments, as well as professionals in the field of vision. A single winning entry will be chosen, along with ten shortlisted books. Selected books may be featured on the T&T website, on posters, or in promotional materials used by T&T.

If you reside in the U.S. or U.S. outlying areas, this is your chance to enter! Send APH your tactile book, designed for children with visual impairments from 3–12 years of age.

For more information regarding tactile book design, read this excerpt from “Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books”

Requirements to Enter Typhlo & Tactus Competition

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Tactile book entries may be based on an original story or may be an adaptation of a commercially-published children’s story. They should have been used successfully with children with visual impairments. Books may utilize different types of tactile illustration techniques, such as cut and paste, thermoform, embossing, or sewn fabric.

All books must meet these main requirements:

General Information: Visit the T&T website for further information about entry requirements and to view past winners!

Contact Robert Guillen, 502-899-2242 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Enter Soon! We want to see what you think makes a winning and
appropriate tactile book for children 3–12 years with visual impairments!