Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Child's hands reading a line of braille
By Cheryl Brown | Comments: 0
These ideas are designed to address developing handskills for the young beginning braille reader who is ready to start braille instruction and who has received preschool instruction on concept development. For experienced TVIs this will be a review of ideas...



Adapted pages from pumpkin book
By Cheryl Hill | Comments: 1
I teach a unit on the Pumpkin Life Cycle during the month of October in my typically developing Kindergarten class.   This year I have 23 students in my class, one of whom is visually impaired, one who is on the Autism Spectrum, one ELL student and one...



Close-up view of tactile caliper
By Chris Tabb | Comments: 0
Where are we? How do you begin to know where you are? Before we can begin to tell someone where we are, we have to first have perceived where we are. The process of perceiving where we are has many components; many of these components are...



A girl participates in a science lesson using a HOPSA dress.
By Kate Hurst | Comments: 2
One of the issues often raised by instructors related to Active Learning is that it looks like “play”.  This makes it difficult to explain how the child is actually focused on the same important “work” that engages the time of...



Accessible bins in classroom
By Charlotte Cushman | Comments: 0
It’s that time of the year again!  The start of a new school year always brings a range of emotions: excitement, worry, anticipation, wistfulness to say goodbye to summer…  We hope that these ideas and resources will help to get the...



Tack-Tiles
By Liamsmom | Comments: 0
My son Liam is 7 years old and will be starting 2nd grade this school year.  He is deafblind, uses tactile American Sign Language and is a braille reader.     I love Tack-Tiles.  I have often been asked how we used Tack-Tiles...



A boy writes a letter on a braillewriter.
By Liamsmom | Comments: 2
My son Liam is 7 years old and he is deafblind.  Liam loves reading and writing braille.  I thought a great activity for summer break would be to learn about writing letters to our friends and family.  It was my hope that it would be fun and...



pictures shows student matching tactile shapes on a Velcro strip
By Tracy Fitch | Comments: 0
How many of us serve students who have both a severe visual impairment and multiple disabilities, including intellectual disabilities? How many of us have attempted literacy instruction or braille with this population of students? And, if you have, how...



Man parachuting
By Kristie Smith | Comments: 0
The other day when I was working with one of my students with multiple disabilities and a visual impairment, I heard heartbreaking words from a grieving parent, “Why are they still coming?” he asked with sadness.    Supporting...



Tactile and visual morning schedule
By Jbrown | Comments: 0
It won't be long now before a new school year begins.  This brings excitement for parents, as well as children, but it can also bring worry about the transition, especially for young children who are blind or visually impaired.  The tips here...



Braille garden labels
By Liamsmom | Comments: 2
I have always wanted to make my son an accessible garden that my son could learn to take care of independently.  I was hoping a garden could be something he could learn to enjoy and learn from.     Earlier this year I applied for the...



A girl uses an iPad with colored patterns on it.
By Jbrown | Comments: 1
The iPad is an incredible tool for all students, including those with CVI (cortical visual impairment).  There are amazing accessibility features that enhance the experience.  The iPad can be used to teach visual skills and to conduct vision...



Literacy board for summer activities
By Jbrown | Comments: 3
Summertime can be very relaxing.  Sometimes though, long summer days lead to boredom  The kids have played with everything.  It’s too hot to go anywhere. And you don’t want them to just sit in front of the television all day....



Teacher and student
By Kristie Smith | Comments: 0
“There is no 'i' in 'team', but there is in 'win'.” -- Michael Jordan (American retired pro basketball player and current businessman)    Recently, I posted a blog on learning how to teach a...



Reading braille labels on playground
By Liamsmom | Comments: 1
I am the mother of two young busy boys.  My oldest Liam just turned 7 and is deafblind.  My youngest Finn just turned 4 and has typical vision and hearing.  A few years back I wrote about an accessible playground we made for the boys. I just...



Helen Keller reading a book
By Charlotte Cushman | Comments: 0
  Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 and we pause this week to salute a woman who devoted her life to the rights of people who are blind or deafblind.  She was a prolific reader and writer, and many of her original letters are housed in the...



Tactile beach picture
By Lisa Pruner | Comments: 0
A critical component of early literacy is having something meaningful and interesting to talk, read or write about.  All children build vocabulary through experiences - be they real life experiences, stories and pictures in books, or videos/television...



Tactile map of cities
By Liamsmom | Comments: 0
I have two boys.  My oldest is 7 years old, deafblind, and an early braille reader.  My youngest is 4 years old and has typical vision and hearing.  We recently went on a road trip to visit family out of state.  Planning for the trip...



Caterpillar and strawberry Images on black background
By Tracy Fitch | Comments: 1
Introduction: For my Cortical Visual Impairment mentor training we were assigned to adapt a book for all three phases of CVI. I chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar because I have several classes reading this book through the end of the school year. I...



Portable communication choice board
By gwyn52 | Comments: 1
Are you a teacher of students with visual impairments thinking about what belongs in your "toolbox" for the new school year?  Or perhaps you're a parent wondering what materials to use during the summer holidays with your child who is blind...



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