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A Carreer Ed teacher asks: Can you give me a source for tactile measuring tools such as tapes, rules, and levels?

Susan replies: Here are some possible sources for tactile measuring tools:

The Lighthouse Inc. Consumer Catalog, 36-20 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY (1-800-829-0500 Customer Service 24 hours a day), 12 inch aluminum and plastic braille rulers, 5 ft tactile tape measures, etc.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., Catalog of Instructional Aids, Tools, and Supplies, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085 (1-800-223-1839) (FAX: 502-899-2274) (E-Mail: ) Tactile Glue-Down Rules (can be bonded to sewing machines, band saws, cutting or drawing boards, etc.), meterstick, 1 ft braille rulers (metric and English markings), 30-centimeter flexible rulers, etc.

Maxi Aids & Appliances for Independent Living, P.O. Box 3209, Farmingdale, NY 11735 (1-800-522-6294) 25 ft braille steel tape measures, 12 inch folding braille pocket ruler, 12 inch braille ruler, braille yardstick, prolevel, etc. In addition, Maxi Aids has investigated the click ruler and will hopefully have it available soon.

Community Advocates Inc
PO Box 83304
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-3304
Phone or FAX: 1-402-486-3091

Click Rule (Standard)

Description: Can measure up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) with an accuracy up to 1/16th inch (1.6mm). Uses a threaded rod. Measurements can be read either tactually or aurally since clicks are emitted every 1/16th inch. Three 12 inch extensions are suplied. Six inch (15 cm) extensions are also available.

Metric Click Rule

Description: Measures up to 20 centimeters with accurate increments of one millimetre. The Metric Click Rule is a device for wood and tool set-ups. It is also an alternative to rulers and tape measures.