Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Below are recently created blog posts.



Student with teacher using computer with enlarged font
By Cecilia Robinson
As a new school year starts up, many teams are looking for the best ways to evaluate students with visual impairments for the most appropriate assistive technology.  Here are some tips and resources to help you get started. Identify a clear...



3-ring binder
By Charlotte Cushman
The start of a new school year brings a wide range of emotions:  excitement about new beginnings, happiness in reconnecting with students and colleagues, and wistfulness at saying goodbye to the summer break.  For new Teachers of the Visually...



A young woman hold a tray with two baked items on it.
By Linda Choy
Linda Choy is the mother of a young woman with MDVI in the Philippines. It has been 7 years since I wrote about Kara, who for a long time struggled with reading and writing braille, until she found that braille could help her reach out to her friend...



Mr. Magoo with his dog
By Daniel Downes
With three young children, silence in my house means one thing:  trouble. Last week such an event occurred. Peering into the living room, the image on the television horrified me. My arch enemy, Mr Magoo, was brushing his teeth with his glasses. He is...



Cricut bubble words
By Diane Sheline
Having the new Roman Word Bubbling tool to create “Bubble” Words has been extremely helpful for those of us who use “Bubbling” as a strategy for increasing literacy skills in our students with CVI.  Developed by Dr....



Busem reading braille
By Pinar Safak
Busem is a young girl in Turkey, who was born at just 26 weeks. She was 700 grams and she spent her first 3 months in an intensive care unit. Due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), she lost vision in both eyes and surgery was not able to restore her...



Mother's Day card
By Linda Choy
My daughter Kara was born on 10/14/1998, at 6.5 months gestation.  She weighed 1.2 kgs, and had an extremely difficult survival course.  As a result, she is blind due to retinopathy of prematurity, she also has mild cerebral palsy and has global...



Two classmates read braille postcards
By Charlotte Cushman
Many teachers around the world struggle to meet the divergent needs of students who are different ages with very different needs and abilities.  Not every school has the luxury of grouping students by age and ability, and this can be a challenge for both...



Student reading braille flashcard
By Carlie Rhoads
Constant time delay, or CTD, is a technique that has been shown to be an effective intervention strategy to teach braille contractions to dual media learners making the transition from print to braille.  A research study was conducted at Vanderbilt...



Teen age girl holding Kermit the frog near her mouth
By Linda Hagood
Katrina loves Frogs and Braille. During the past school year, she has become an authority on her favorite frog, Kermit, especially in his Sesame Street role as "News Flash Reporter." She has created a series of fantasy stories in which she and...



A boy holding his birthday book.
By Liamsmom
This year for my son's birthday, we sent out invitations for his party at the park.  I asked that, if people wanted, for them to email me a birthday message for Liam to make into a birthday book at the party.  Once they emailed me the messages I...



Summer Reading collage
By Charlotte Cushman
Renee Toy, who is the librarian at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) recently sat down with Outreach Director Emily Coleman to discuss summer reading.  Their conversation is part of the podcast series A Sense of Texas.  Listen...



Page from tactile book with 3 triangular shaped food items
By Liz Eagan
As TVIs, therapists, special educators or family members, we never have enough time to create all of the books that we want to.  Happily APH came out with a cool new product called Tactile Book Builder Kit and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!  This...



A young girl touches a pony.
By Peggy Sinclair-Morris
While working as a teacher of the blind and visually impaired, one particular teaching moment has really stayed with me.  A six-year-old student of mine was learning how to read braille; she had a nice little braille book in front of her and I was...



Adult pointing to Tack-Tiles while student manipulated them.
By Charlotte Cushman
Recently there has been a large amount of publicity about the development of Lego Braille Bricks.  While we applaud anything that promotes braille literacy, we also wanted to be sure that people are aware that Kevin Murphy created TACK-TILES®...



A boy with glasses looks at a tablet with large print text
By Stacey Chambers
As the current school year winds down, we begin to anticipate our learners’ transitions to new campuses and classrooms for the fall. What a great time to work on some Self-Determination skills as part of the ECC (Expanded Core Curriculum)!  I use...



Washington State School for the Blind Digital Learning
By Patti Fahle
As a TVI do you have middle or high school students that are struggling to keep up with the mainstreamed, fast-paced classroom?  Math is often visual and the instruction consists of teachers quickly scribbling equations on the board and verbalizing...



CVI Picture Symbols
By Krista Owens
Picture symbol programs such as Boardmaker, SymbolStix, LessonPix, etc. are wonderful and very convenient programs for teacher to use to adapt material for students, but have you considered the appropriateness of these programs for our students with...



A young girl with glasses using APH Braille Buzz and lego station
By Leslie Edmonds
Braille Lego sets coming out next year are the talk of the town this week amongst Teachers of the Visually Impaired.  I personally will be counting the days until they are released.  I’m a self-described Lego fanatic and any time I can...



A boy touches the braille blocks on his desk.
By Cierra Brettnacher
It seems as if braille blocks are the hot topic, thanks to LEGO announcing that they are going to be releasing a braille set. I envisioned this about three years ago and set out on my own to find a way to make it happen. My son, Anthony, is now 7 years old...



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