Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Boy using tactile sign with his mother
By Liamsmom | Comments: 1
There are many reasons I tell stories to my child, Liam, who is deafblind. Storytelling is fun and motivating; stories can open up a whole new world to children in general, but especially to children who are deafblind. Storytelling can encourage...



Girl doing bubble wrap painting
By Jbrown | Comments: 0
Summer activities can be a struggle to when it is too hot to go outside. It can be helpful to make the long summer days enjoyable by planning a daily activity for the week.  For example, Mondays are sensory days, Tuesdays are art, Wednesdays are...



Student reading with teacher
By Marnee Loftin | Comments: 1
Marnee Loftin is a psychologist, who recently retired from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  She is the author of Making Evaluations Meaningful and has presented widely about learning disabilities in students with visual...



Young boy exploring books
By Charlotte Cushman | Comments: 0
The last week in June is Deafblind Awareness Week and we celebrate all those who promote literacy for children who have a combined vision and hearing loss!    This post includes some of our favorite activities and resources for individuals...



Puzzle pieces fitting together in model of collaboration
By Liz Eagan | Comments: 1
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word collaborate means “to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something”. The student with a visual impairment has many needs that can be best met through collaborating...



bird nest page with braille
By Liamsmom | Comments: 3
I wanted to create some "science" books for my son Liam (he just turned 6 years old and is deafblind) for him to use for the next school year.  I looked up first grade standards and noticed a focus on animals and their habitats, life cycles,...



Student looking at real objects in reading notebook
By Roz Rowley | Comments: 0
Mary McCarthy and Justine Rines are co-authors of this post. The authors of this post are all experienced teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired, and in this post we are presenting two case studies of students who made significant...



Girl using an object based communication system
By fayegonzalez | Comments: 0
Part 2:  Using a Partial-Object Based Communication System for Literacy The majority of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems available today use visually based symbols.  Often, however, students with Multiple...



dust bunnies circle time kit
By Diane Brauner | Comments: 0
Theme: Rhyming Dust Bunnies is a Circle Time Braille Kit that focuses on rhyming words.   This Circle Time Braille Kit Contains: Tactile Books: Illustrated print book with braille added Print/ braille/tactile...



Screenshot of Google Drive
By Sharon@TSBVI | Comments: 0
Google recommends Mozilla Firefox Internet browser for working with screen readers when using Google Apps. I have found it is the only browser which consistently works. When entering Google Drive online it is important to turn of the virtual cursor by...



Young girl uses a switch while looking at the computer
By Jbrown | Comments: 0
Write accurate information It is critical that when you are writing about the student’s medical condition(s) that you are accurate and reliable.  Refrain from copying from last year’s report or IEP.  Errors could be in the previous...



iep goals collage
By Liamsmom | Comments: 3
Phew.  My son Liam's IEP meeting and IEP are now complete and we have a fresh set of goals for the next school year!  IEP season is a mixture of feelings: determination, expectations, excitement and exhaustion!  I love the working with...



The layout of the micro tactile symbols and the line of braille x’s that separate them
By Megan Mogan | Comments: 2
I used to be that therapist.  The one who threw around the words “self-stimulatory behaviors” and “idiosyncratic language” all of the time.  The one who described her students as engaging in silly sounds, strange...



Diego and teacher
By Marnee Loftin | Comments: 1
Parents and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) often have questions about struggling readers.  These are: How do reading skills develop in children? How does this development vary for children with visual impairment? How can...



Young boy at the sink
By Lizbeth Barclay | Comments: 0
Strategies for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Provide ample time for children to inspect any objects presented for exploration. This may be time spent in addition to circle time, either before or after, describing the salient features...



fire safety kit
By Lisa Pruner | Comments: 0
This post is by Lisa Pruner and Catherine Summ. Overview For children with vision impairments, fire safety and awareness are often literally out of reach, placing them at increased risk in the event of a fire Smoke detectors,...



scarlett
By ScarlettsEyes | Comments: 0
Scarlett is a great communicator, and the lack of spoken word does not stop her from expressing what she wants! Whether she evokes an emotion or leads you to a certain place, she knows how to get your attention.   Despite this I am desperate...



teacher and student
By Liz Eagan | Comments: 0
Students with visual impairments are the frequent recipients of assistance, but rarely are they given the opportunity to "give back".  When they are given the opportunity, they are often unclear of how or where to start.   One...



Student doing Wilson Reading System drill
By Mary McCarthy | Comments: 0
Roz Rowley and Justine Rines are co-authors of this post. Here are the details! The Wilson Reading System® (WRS), written by Barbara A. Wilson and first published in 1988, is a print reading instruction program based on Orton-Gillingham...



Student look at pictures in a book
By fayegonzalez | Comments: 2
Part 1:  Partial-Object Symbols are MORE than Just a Schedule:   Communication Systems for Students with CVI and Multiple Disabilities The majority of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems available today use visually...



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