Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Emergent Literacy

Image of tennis ball with braille label
Posted by Laurie Hudson
This activity is a way to make braille fun for emergent readers!   I have a collection of about 20 balls...all different sizes and shapes and textures and weights, including a tennis ball, a fuzzy ball, a football, a spiky ball, a bumpy ball, a koosh...

Symbols for holiday songs
Posted by Katie Armstrong
By Katie Armstrong, Preschool Teacher at the Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, Arizona (This blog post is a follow-up to Story Box Ideas for Holiday Stories) I teach in a preschool classroom for students with visual impairments, and love every second...

Holiday storybox
Posted by Jbrown
by Jaime Brown and Katie Armstrong, Preschool Teachers at the Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, Arizona.  (Editor's note:  Jaime and Katie both teach children who are blind or visually impaired and Jaime's class includes children with...

An adult helps to hold a young child's hands in place to touch the braille
Posted by Laurie Hudson
Laurie Hudson, the 2012 Braille Institute Braille Challenge Teacher of the Year, shares strategies for teaching braille to our youngest readers.  She believes that young children benefit from an approach to braille that is developmental, meaningful and...

Image of portable calendar system
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
What is a Calendar Box or Anticipation Calendar? Calendar boxes provide a way to help children who are deafblind or blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities to anticipate what will happen in their day.  Using real objects from the...

Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Children who are blind or visually impaired need to have access to books, just as other children do.  Because they may not be able to see the illustrations and print, however, books will need to be adapted or modified in order for the experience to be...

Boy using iPad with his teacher
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Are you wondering how iPads can be used with your students? Whether you are working with young children, learners with multiple disabilities, or braille students, there are resources about apps and accessibility features that can help on the Path to Literacy...