Draftsman and Stylus

Materials for students with visual impairments to create instant tactile drawings easily.

DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board is available from APH (American Printing House for the Blind) that allows children to create instant tactile drawings easily!

Versatile tactile drawing board that is used in combination with special film and a stylus to create instant raised-line drawings. DRAFTSMAN drawing board is intended for a wide audience, such as visually impaired students, teachers, parents, and adults.

Use for:
  • Producing simple raised-line graphics
  • Demonstrating math concepts and tasks
  • Demonstrating science concepts
  • Practicing handwriting skills
  • Playing games (e.g., tic-tac-toe)
  • Facilitating tracing activities
  • Creating art drawings

This board has a plastic frame that encases a double-layered rubber surface. Clamp a sheet of included drawing film onto the board and use the included stylus or a ballpoint pen to quickly draw a raised image. 

  • DRAFTSMAN Tactile Drawing Board
  • Two-ended tactile drawing stylus
  • Tactile inch-ruler
  • 25 sheets of drawing film (also available separately)
  • Braille/print instruction book
  • Carrying case 
Watch this user-made video on YouTube entitled Math Sketches with Braille, demonstrating one of the many uses of APH’s DRAFTSMAN.


The DRAFTSMAN can be used for both concrete and creative skills.

Here are some of the activites that make this kit possibile:

  • Math Ideas
  • Colors
  • Reading Ideas
  • Science Ideas
  • Writing Ideas