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Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL) records

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00456

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL). Materials include product design ideas, product catalogs, photographs, publications, Board of Directors minutes, grant information, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” braille books with three dimensional images, other interactive children’s books, three dimensional images, braille block games, and audio-visual (AV) materials.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1980 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Sharon and Eve Keller have licensed these materials to be freely used, so long as the user attributes materials' original authorship. This agreement is governed by a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International) license. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Creative Adaptions for Learning (CAL), researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL) was a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1985 by Shirley Keller, a nurse-educator with decades of experience adapting materials for use by the blind. CAL’s mission was “to make pictures in books ‘visible’ to people who are blind the way printed words have been made ‘readable’ through braille.’” After five years of research, Creatively Adapted Legible tactuals (CAL-tac) was developed. This format transformed pictures into three-dimensional textured illustrations, which could be interpreted by touch. These materials served to benefit the blind as well as those who are visually impaired or have sensory-perceptual or neurological impairments (Parkinson Syndrome, stroke, Cerebral Palsy, developmental or learning delays etc.). In their decades of operation in Great Neck, New York, CAL produced illustrated braille books, illustrated flash cards, and interactive games for blind and visually impaired children.


5.479 linear feet (11 containers)

Language of Materials




Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL) was founded in 1985 by Shirley Keller, with the mission to produce three-dimensional illustrated materials for blind and visually impaired children. This collection contains their records, which include product designs, Board of Directors minutes, braille children’s books with three-dimensional illustrations, and interactive braille games.


The series in this collection are defined by either their subject or types of materials. File names are identical to (or closely resemble) the labels used by CAL staff prior to the donation of this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sharon and Eve Keller, 2023


Duplicate materials, artifacts unrelated to printing (tote bag, pen, stamp), blank stationary, unlabeled video cassettes, newsclippings, and photo release forms were separated from the collection during accessioning. These materials have been separated to be offered back to the donors, 2023.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Grace Phippard, 2023



Finding aid to Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL) records
Grace Phippard
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063