There are an estimated 8.4 million individuals with visual impairment in the United States but only about 59,000 who can read Braille. To address this health issue, ELIA LifeTechnology’s designers created a new, easier to learn tactile alphabet, the ELIA FRAMES1. Since the vast majority of visually impaired people lose their vision later in life, ELIA FRAMES is based on the standard Roman alphabet. ELIA FRAMES functions as a font so it’s simple to convert any word processing document into ELIA FRAMES and then print it with a modified consumer printer. ELIA is also working to produce a tactile printer for ELIA FRAMES and Braille, as well as a tactile E-reader.