Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Blog Posts

Below are recently created blog posts.



Bucket of materials for Frozen activity
By gwyn52
Creating a holistic approach based on a theme or story enables children who are visually impaired to access and enjoy literacy and numeracy activities in a meaningful way.    The film "Frozen" has been tremendously popular...



Candy cane, pinecone, pine needles
By Jbrown
Students benefit from participating in a wide variety of different experiences.  When they engage in an “experience” they are immersed in a rich learning environment.  Students can have experiences within the classroom, outside, on a...



Sentence strips using standardized symbols
By Linda Hagood
Introduction to Standard Tactile Symbols The Developmental Model Standardization: Moving from Concrete Tangible Symbols to More Abstract Tactile Symbols The System is Sustained Continuum of Symbol Systems...



Tactile symbol system
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...



Boy with iPad
By Tara Mason
John is in tenth grade and has a visual impairment and cerebral palsy. He is attending high school in a one-to-one iPad school district, and his team would like to investigate the effectiveness of him using an iPad as Assistive Technology (AT). This device...



girl holding her face in her hands
By Marnee Loftin
School is one of the most important factors in the life of a child.  It is the source of many of their feelings of self-esteem and competence as a person separate from their family.  Not surprisingly, difficulties at school often result in...



By Liamsmom
Last year my son started all-day Kindergarten  in a public mainstream classroom.  I was (and still am) a huge advocate for inclusion for my son Liam who is deafblind.   One of my biggest hopes and goals for inclusion was all about the "...



Tactile trees on page
By Liz Eagan
Tactile books are a great way to foster the development of literacy skills with any child who is visually impaired, including children with other significant disabilities. These can be used at home for enjoyment, to support understanding and anticipation...



I love UEB bracelets
By Charlotte Cushman
January 4, 2016 is the official implementation date for Unified English Braille (UEB) in the United States, replacing English Braille American Edition (EBAE) at that time.  This date was selected because it is also the birthday of Louis Braille and World...



oreo reading book
By Charlotte Cushman
We are so grateful to all of you in our online Community of Practice for sharing your ideas and support throughout the year!  While the latest blog post is emailed to you each week, there are many other posts throughout the week that you may have missed...



Mother reading with two sons
By Charlotte Cushman
  The shopping is done and the presents are wrapped.  The next thing to do is to put away the lists and make time to read aloud with your family.  This is something that can be enjoyed by everyone at any age and can include songs, poems,...



Using magnifier to read text
By Marnee Loftin
In discussions of learning disabilities as well as struggling readers, adults often focus upon the academic difficulties that these students are experiencing. In some instances, the emotional and/or behavioral difficulties that often accompany academic...



Two boys hanging ornaments on Christmas tree
By Liamsmom
I am a mother of two sweet boys.  My oldest, Liam, is 6 years old.  He is deafblind.  My youngest, Finn, is 3 years old.  He has typical vision and hearing.  I really look forward to the Christmas season.  I enjoy finding...



Young girl dressed as Madeline book character
By Laurie Hudson
In Brown Bear Part I, posted earlier on Paths to Literacy, I used a short video of a teaching segment to demonstrate what the concepts in my iBook, “Introducing Braille,” might look like for a struggling reader with multiple impairments.  ...



Two teenage girls
By Alison Prskawetz
Alison Prskawetz is the Co-ordinator of Visual Resource Centres at Blind Low Vision Education Network New Zealand (BLENNZ). For more information about BLENNZ, visit them at:   http://blennzonline.edublogs.org/ As part of literacy...



Red ball on black background
By Jbrown
After students with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) have learned to view and identify real objects, they are ready to learn to identify two-dimensional pictures.  It is essential to recognize the differences in a student’s visual skill set before...



Sea turtle screenreader example
By Sharon@TSBVI
These lessons are aimed at students who are blind or visually impaired who have never used the Internet with screen reading software. I prefer to start with simple, short assignments and websites. My mantra is “build on success”. So let’s...



Two girls writing on paper
By Marnee Loftin
Determining the presence of a specific learning disability is a complex process.  Most parents and Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) have a general idea of the procedure, but it is important to know several things about the process...



Tactile graphic organizer of pumpkin
By Liamsmom
My son Liam is a first grader in a mainstream classroom and he happens to be deafblind.  I was inspired recently by a classroom letter that was sent home in his backpack.  The children were expected to write stories that had a beginning, middle,...



little girl with bow in her hair
By Laurie Hudson
THE BIG PICTURE In my iBook “Introducing Braille,” I largely used videotaped examples of bright, enthusiastic young students to show ways to “Make It Fun,” “Make it Developmental,” and “Make It Meaningful...



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