Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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A boy reads with his brother.
By SPerreault
  Marcela Viviana Toscano, an early intervention specialist from the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina, created a powerpoint presentation about an early literacy project for families.  The presentation includes information about the...



Eid al-Fitr
By Charlotte Cushman
Eid-al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.  The holiday is often called by the abbreviated name of "Eid" or "Id" (pronounced "eed") and will be celebrated on August 8th...



Young child in a Little Room
By Charlotte Cushman
When Dr. Lilli Nielsen died last month, the fields of blindness, deafblindness, and the education of children with multiple disabilities lost a great friend and teacher.  Dr. Nielsen was born in Denmark in 1926, and worked as a preschool teacher, a...



Plaques with textures and braille
By Liamsmom
Liam's playground: Constantly evolving to encourage play, independence and most importantly fun for our deafblind son.    Description: We wanted to create a...



Girl reading braille book
By Charlotte Cushman
TVI Ann Edie shares ideas for how to help students to maintain braille skills during summer break. 1. Go to students' homes or whatever summer school or day camp programs they are involved in to deliver TVI services over the summer. 2. Match the...



Learning how to put paper in braille writer
By PennyR
I am often asked for information about how to support the development of braille skills and braille literacy at home and I put together a packet for a conference a few years ago with some of my favorite resources.  The packet, which can be downloaded...



Confirmation activity
By Megan Mogan
I live in Arizona and my mom lives in Illinois.  Last week I found myself ordering her Mother’s Day gift online. After typing my financial and personal information and checking the order twice, I hovered the cursor over the word PURCHASE. “...



Boy explores a storybox
By Liamsmom
I adapted Goldilocks and the Three Bears for my 4-year-old son who is deaf-blind.   2 Bears: I wanted to create a story box for my son that was based off of a classic children's story.  My son is beginning to learn ASL.  I chose the...



A teenage boy uses a braille notetaker.
By Anna Swenson
  By Anne Spitz, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Dover, MA Anna Swenson, Braille Literacy Consultant, Fairfax, VA The ideas in this post grew out of a workshop in Connecticut on Braille Literacy Skills and are posted in their complete form in the...



Teenage boy signs while using brailler
By SPerreault
By Steve Perreault The real purpose of this activity is to create motivation about braille for teenagers who are newly blind and congenitally deaf.   This approach uses  language experience stories written in contracted braille to give the...



Curved pieces of Handwriting Without Tears
By Katie Armstrong
Handwriting Without Tears, HWT, is a multi-sensory writing curriculum created for early childhood through 5th grade.  I have been using the pre-school program called, Get Set For School, in my early childhood classroom for children with visual...



Very Hungry Caterpillar story box
By Jbrown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic loved by children and adults.  This is a great story for teaching many topics and concepts, including big/little, life cycle, colors and foods.  Teachers can adapt the story to meet varying...



Happy Mother's Day!
By Charlotte Cushman
  On the second Sunday in May we honor mothers and the positive contributions they have made to society.  Mother’s Day was first observed in the United States by Anna Jarvis in a memorial service for her own mother. Prior to that Julia Ward...



Student using ACC device to write
By fayegonzalez
Kids with visual and multiple disabilities often struggle with writing.  Let’s face it, these students often struggle with being effective communicators, much less with being effective writers!   In the maze of challenges our students...



Modeling fluency
By Anna Swenson
Fluency, one of the five areas recognized by the National Reading Panel, is a goal for all beginning readers, whether they use print or braille. We recognize fluency when children read accurately at a normal rate of speed, observe punctuation marks, and use...



Five Little Monkeys pre-braille kit
By Diane Brauner
I have created a number of emerging literacy kits for TVIs to use to help young children to develop pre-braille skills. Each kit includes print/braille books with tactile pictures, real objects, activities, interactive concept alphabet book,extensive...



Girl with glasses uses AnimalWatch Vi Suite app on iPad
By PennyR
Did you know that a polar bear can smell a seal up to 1 mile away? I didn’t until I became the Project Director for AnimalWatch Vi Suite www.awvis.org at The University of Arizona. Jane Erin and I teamed up with Dr. Carole Beal, an educational...



Eating kiwi as co-writing
By Megan Mogan
by Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist In my last post we talked about using van Dijk’s coactive movement strategies to establish meaningful and enjoyable topics for our early communicators. Next I want to share a pretty simple...



student using an iPad for communication
By fayegonzalez
Faye Gonzalez, TVI & COMS, 3-4-2013 It is more and more common for students to receive an iPad as their personal Communication Device.   The most common Communication apps are designed to provide a large vocabulary to non-verbal students....



Teddy Bear, book and story box items
By Jbrown
  This month we are learning about friendship and how to have fun with our friends.  We are reading two books in class and many of our activities are based upon the stories.  My students are learning how to participate in parallel and...



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