Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Blog Posts

Below are recently created blog posts.



A boy uses the EZee Abacus from APH
By Robyn Jones
Your answer is either right or wrong, no “almost” about it. It’s the first thing I tell my students when we start working on the abacus. You get it right, do another problem. You get it wrong, start over. The one place in life where you get...



Student walking with cane
By jfreeman
This notebook is a compilation of resources that can be used to share information about Orientation and Mobility with a student's team.  I download and print all of this information and share with staff and parents, depending on the student's...



Tactile symbol system
By Megan Mogan
Let’s start with the good news. You have emerging readers with Visual Impairment who have learned the meaning of tactile name symbols for people in their lives.  The bad news? You are considering crossing that skill off your list of “Things...



Student writing with purple crayon on lined paper
By Charlotte Cushman
Many teachers, therapists, and parents have questions about identifying learning disabilities in students who are blind or visually impaired.  When a student has difficulty completing an assignment,  it is often hard to know if the challenge is due...



Pegboard book
By Kate Hurst
Pegboard books provide a way for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to begin to explore books.  Based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen and her Active Learning approach, this format uses real...



By Charlotte Cushman
The school year is in full swing and it's time to celebrate Fall!  Halloween is just around the corner and classrooms across the country are full of the buzz of excitement.  We would like to share some of our favorite activities to make this fun...



A child who was averse to reading braille exercised his tactile literacy on an outing to a tactile exhibit with a proficient braille reader
By Amber Rundle Kahn
When I first started working as a TVI, I was under the impression that my students would want to work with me -- just like I wanted to work for my teachers when I was growing up. The first braille learner student I worked with was a dual-media student who...



Worksheet with push pins
By Liamsmom
To reinforce and practice a new skill, teachers often use worksheets with their students.  It is important for students to have opportunities to strengthen skills with repetition.   I want to share 4 different ways I have created "...



A girl stirs ingredients in a bowl.
By Liz Eagan
Cooking is a great way to incorporate all areas of the curriculum in a motivating, practical activity or series of activities.  Literacy (recipes in large print, braille, or audio), math (showing the real-world application of counting, adding and...



A young woman poses for the camera.
By Jasmyn Polite
I have been visually impaired all my life. I was born with congenital cataracts and I had to get them removed at 6 to 9 months old. Then at age 9 I was diagnosed with glaucoma in both of my eyes.  I graduated with honors from the Florida School for the...



Jasmyn Polite
By Jasmyn Polite
I have limited side or peripheral vision, a condition that is also known as "tunnel vision", where I am not able to see what’s on my sides or what’s coming from up or down, such a step off or a dangerous snake on the floor. This is where...



Dot watch
By Liamsmom
I am the mother of a busy, independent and determined 9-year-old boy named Liam.  He will be going into 4th grade this year.  Recently I ordered the new Dot Watch for Liam and I am in love!  I have always believed in getting technology into the...



University lecture
By Charlotte Cushman
We often get questions from instructors in colleges and universities who, for the first time, will have a student who is blind or visually impaired or blind in one of their classes.  After a moment of panic, they contact us for tips and suggestions....



Jasmyn using a braillewriter
By Jasmyn Polite
I have glaucoma and currently have low vision, although I expect that, at some point in my life, I will have to use braille. When I was a young child, I thought that braille didn’t apply to me and it seemed too hard to learn, but that all changed when...



Paige with some of her students
By paige.morra
Paige Morra wanted to be an engineer. She thought her career goals were all set until she interned and completed her practicum for Dr. Edward Bell, a professor who directs the Louisiana Tech Graduate Programs for the Professional Development and Research...



Two young children sitting outside with water play
By Daniela Gissara
Students from many countries around the world are enjoying summer and the great time that comes with it.  Summer schools are in session and teachers have the chance to propose fun activities for which there might be no time during the school year....



A teenage girl puts on makeup
By PennyR
The expression “put your best foot forward” takes on new meaning when one has a visual impairment.  In our society people are quick to judge you by how you look and present yourself.  It is important that a person who is visually...



Tactile beach picture
By Lisa Pruner
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...



Literacy board for summer activities
By Jbrown
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....



two people sitting on the floor leaning back-to-back
By Linda Hagood
This is the third part of a 3-part series on Yoga and Literacy.  See also Using Yoga to Support Language and Literacy Development and Yoga Activities to Increase Literacy Skills. One application of yoga which I have especially enjoyed as a...



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