Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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A young girl touches a pony.
Posted 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.
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 boy with glasses looks at a tablet with large print text
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
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...



Yellow bowl over red spoon
Posted by Claudia Swapp
A fun part of the recent Oregon CVI Conference was a “Make and Take” portion that included producing over 180 CVI adapted books to get out to students with cortical visual impairment in Oregon . The conference was held April 4 – 5, 2019 and...



Display of CVI books
Posted by Scott Wall
By Scott Wall and Claudia Swapp A conference on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) for Teachers of the Visually Impaired was held in Bend, Oregon April 4-5 of this year.  The conference was prepared and presented by a team of professionals from Columbia...



Screenshot of Pinterest collaboration board
Posted by Kaycee Bennett
I have been using Pinterest to help with lesson plan collaboration using shared boards. I am a DeafBlind Specialist and I have shared boards with a teacher that teaches in an elementary life skills classroom that our district calls Structured Learning...



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...



Potatoes for extension activity
Posted by Kelly Brown
How the Classroom Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist, and Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment came together to support one another and increase student engagement with a Reading Group   “It just seems like her days could be so much...



Images of before and after snow melt with extra lines removed
Posted by Adrienne Brown
As a TVI, I am always looking for a quick “go-to” reference sheet for classroom teachers. I created this one for science educators to take the guess work out of creating accommodations for students with low vision and cortical visual impairment (...



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...



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