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  • If the actual object is unavailable, consider a tactile graphic.
  • If the object is too small to examine by touch and recognize details, consider a tactile graphic.
  • If the object is too large to examine, consider a tactile graphic.
  • If the object is dangerous to touch, consider a tactile graphic.
  • When it is necessary to show size relationship between objects, consider tactile graphics.
  • When the student needs information from a map/figure/graph to participate in classroom discussions, answer questions, etc., a tactile graphic should be done.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind Braille Literacy Mentors in Training: The Next Generation - Teaching Special Codes: Nemeth, CBC, and Tactile Graphics - Workshop in Fremont, California (August 7-9, 1997) and Atlanta, Georgia (September 11-13, 1997). Diane Spence and Susan A. Osterhaus.