Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt
Posted by Regina Quaid
Learners with vision impairments can sometimes feel left out when it comes to traditions, such as Easter Egg Hunts. There are auditory eggs hunts that learners with visual impairments can participate in, but what about those learners with CVI (cortical visual...



Strawberry in yellow slicer
Posted by Amy Flores
As Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) we teach our students the Expanded Core Curriculum.  Cooking, under Independent Living Skills, is an area where TVIs can typically create a meaningful lesson plan for students of nearly any age. This...



Brown Bear, The Very Busy Spider, and It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Posted by Bobette Enderson
The importance of developing early literacy skills in preschool children is well documented. Literacy competence in our youngest learners helps ensure later success in school. Therefore, as parents and teachers of preschool children who have visual...



Tactile symbol cards for core vocabulary
Posted by Angela Powell
I have been a TVI (Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments) in Kentucky for 5 years and I am currently working on my Assistive Technology certification through the University of Kentucky. For course work this semester I was given the assignment to explore...



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...



Read and Find worksheet with hand-held magnifier
Posted by JasamynN
One of my favorite areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum to teach is assistive technology. One of the first tools we introduce to our students with low vision is the hand-held magnifier.  Selecting an Appropriate Magnifier Each one of our students...



A young girl using a glue stick to do an art project
Posted by Derya Uyar
January is a special month for us because it is Braille Awareness Month and braille, blind children, and their families are important to me. This is why I am here sharing with you a story from Turkey.   Supporting at Home Work Being Done at...



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....



Reversible Sequin Pillow and Sensory Mood Egg
Posted by Brenda Biernat
It’s not too late for the Start Seeing CVI holiday gift list. You won’t find red pom poms here because children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) like more than just pom poms (and besides, you already know where to buy pom poms and bright...



CHAMPS chart
Posted by Liz Eagan
Submitted by Liz Eagan and Laurie Gaston The behavior department in my school district encourages all teachers, both general and special education, to use Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) in their classroom.  Some of the training and coaching the...



The word "window" with yellow bubble letters
Posted by rachelgbennett
As a parent of a son with CVI in Phase II (Roman-Lantzy’s CVI Range), I’ve come to rely on the YouDoodle app to adapt 2D images and create bubble words. My son, Henry, is not quite ready for bubble words, but I wanted to start incorporating them...



Jasmyn with her cap and gown and diploma at FSDB graduation
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
I will never forget the great memories I had while I attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB).   Being a Teacher’s Aide  I was inspired to become an early intervention specialist for the blind and visually impaired...



A boy uses the EZee Abacus from APH
Posted 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
Posted 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
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...



Student writing with purple crayon on lined paper
Posted 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
Posted 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...



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