Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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ASL meets braille
Posted by formicap
My sister and I developed this book series.  She is deafblind with a renewed interest in learning braille. We are in our fifties and she uses tactile American Sign Language (ASL).   This is our second book in ASL form to help smooth the...



A young woman uses screen magnification on her computer
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
Over the years, I have worked hard to become an independent, successful young woman with dreams of helping children who are blind or visually impaired grow into successful adults. Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB), my family, Iowa Department for...



Busem reading braille
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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...



A boy holding his birthday book.
Posted 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...



Adult pointing to Tack-Tiles while student manipulated them.
Posted 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 young girl with glasses using APH Braille Buzz and lego station
Posted 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.
Posted 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...



Manjhi Moves a Mountain
Posted by Nancy Churnin
We can all move mountains. That’s what I learned from Dashrath Manjhi, the hero of my non-fiction picture book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain, now available in contracted braille through the National Braille Press. And that’s what I hope to share with...



Shoppers in a mall
Posted by JennieO
What can you do with your students who are visually impaired in the middle of winter in the state of Maine (or anywhere else)? Mountain biking? I don’t think so! High cliff diving? Not a chance! Cross country skiing? Well yes, that of course, but...



Two images of pages of tactile book with flower and braille/print word "under"
Posted by Liz Eagan
Starting with a Book about Positional Concepts Recently I had the idea to make a position book for a student learning braille. My thought was to focus on the positional terms under/over. I made the book with tactile objects (flower, dominoes, hand sticker...



Handmade thank you cards
Posted by maloneyk
“Wow!”, my student said as she received a letter back from the Children’s Hospital. We had made cards for some of the children in our local Children’s Hospital. They were simple cards, but filled with love. Each of our students in our...



January is #BrailleLiteracy month!  In SimBraille: celebrate braille literacy
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to learn braille this year?  Perhaps you would like to support your child, relative, or someone you know who is a braille reader.  Or perhaps you are a veteran teacher who knows braille, but you're...



Braille jewelry
Posted by Nancy Nichols
‘Tis the Season!  With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are frantically shopping for the perfect gift. Braille accessories are a fabulous option and you can do it yourself.  Sharpen up your slate and stylus skills and craft away....



Tactile symbol system
Posted 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...



Worksheet with push pins
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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...



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