Tactile has multiple meanings in the disability community. Here are three of them:
- Tactile communication: Learning Disability Today described tactile communication as “The use of touch on safe areas of the body to provide information when speech on its own is difficult to understand.”
- Tactile learning: learning that occurs through experiencing and experimenting with your sense of touch. This can be especially helpful for deafblind people.
- Tactile graphics: Graphics that allow blind people or people with low vision to physically feel the information being conveyed to them. According to the Braille Authority, tactile graphics are a component of braille.
- Tactile defensiveness: increased sensory sensitivities, which can be experienced by those with sensory processing disorders or autism.