Tactile markers

What are tactile markers and how can they help?

Buttons | © RNIB

As well as labelling things in braille, you can add tactile markers to identify objects or areas. These may be in the form of tactile stickers, liquid plastic which sets hard, or anything that feels different to the touch.

What should I look for?

Tactile markers should be used in situations where a device or area is not distinguishable by touch. It is important to remember that, unlike braille, the meaning of a tactile marker needs to be learnt and remembered. Too many markers on a device may become confusing.

Some examples of tactile markers:

  • Glowmat | © RNIBGlowmats - these mats use daylight or artificial light to charge themselves. They glow in the dark so that items can be placed on top of the mat 
  • Adhesive markers - available in a wide range, such as raised bumps in various shapes, sizes and colours, that peel and stick to mark everyday items 
  • Buttons - items of clothing can be identified by buttons in different shapes and colours 
  • Tacti mark black | © RNIBLiquid markers - non-toxic and can be applied to surfaces. Once applied it dries and hardens to mark items within hours of application and can be used on many types of materials 
  • High-visibility tape - brightly coloured tape can be used to highlight obstacles such as kitchen worktops and filing cabinet edges, or to outline light switches or steps

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First published: Wednesday 23 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 15 October 2013