Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Below are recently created blog posts.



icon of Jaws software on a desktop computer
By Sharon@TSBVI | Comments: 1
JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is a popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and braille output for the most popular computer applications...



Cloth book with textures
By Holly Cooper | Comments: 0
Leer en Español.     People often wonder what to get as a gift for a child who has a visual impairment.  Every child is unique and has their own interests, preferences, and abilities, so any advice must be considered with the...



Worksheets
By gwyn52 | Comments: 0
This is the first post in a series about adapting worksheets for students who are blind or visually impaired.  It is designed to help teachers and assistants to think through the steps involved in providing access to materials.   Before you...



Girl putting dots on braille activity
By Cheryl Brown | Comments: 3
These tips and tools are designed to address skills 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 and...



A young boy touches a turtle.
By dwilkinson | Comments: 3
Exposure to pictures is a prerequisite to successful literacy. Pictures provide the first step to literacy for sighted children and serve as a bridge between the pages of the books they will eventually read and the three-dimensional world around them...



A child's hand reads braille about fall leaves
By Liamsmom | Comments: 0
It's all about the experience!  We have been using experiences to teach concepts or new ideas and vocabulary.    It is so important, especially for our children with vision impairments, to have real-life tangible experiences!...



Writing alphabet letters
By Roxana Cziker | Comments: 3
This is the first of five parts created by Low Vision Therapist, Dr. Roxana Elena Cziker, focusing on the needs of students with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)   The series is designed to address challenges for children with CVI who...



An intervener and student are identifying a sink using tactile sign
By Liamsmom | Comments: 0
Taking purposeful trips to places in the community can be prove to be a motivating and meaningful way to focus on language goals.     My son, Liam, is 7 years old and happens to be deafblind. American Sign Language (ASL) is his first...



Perkins brailler
By Tracy Fitch | Comments: 0
Braille writing instruction will happen at the same time as braille reading instruction.  It is important to teach all braille learners the parts of the brailler, along with inserting paper. There are a number of braille writers available and...



Swing cell
By Tracy Fitch | Comments: 0
A Swing Cell is designed to help students understand the relationship between the braille cell and the keys on a braillewriter. In the closed position, the removable pegs inserted into the blocks represent the dots in a braille cell. In the open position, the...



Child using shapes to create patterns.
By Tracy Fitch | Comments: 2
This post will specifically discuss braille instruction strategies for students with multiple impairments or intellectual disabilities. We are assuming that you have done pre-braille activities up to this point. Examples of tools and resources for the pre...



Child choosing Chex from snack menu wall
By Jbrown | Comments: 2
Through incidental learning, young children learn to read environmental print, which is an important stage in their literacy development.  According to the website Reading Rockets, which is part of a national initiative to teach literacy skills,...



Child's hands reading a line of braille
By Cheryl Brown | Comments: 2
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...



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