Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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little girl
By Laurie Hudson | Comments: 0
How do we introduce braille literacy through assistive technology for young children with visual impairments? We make it fun, developmental, and meaningful, as described in the lesson segment below and paired with a short video. (Many thanks to my...



Girl with her hand resting on teacher's hand
By Liz Eagan | Comments: 3
I have been asked repeatedly how I come up with goals and how I document progress or regression on them. Good questions! In coming up with goals, it all starts with some form of assessment. I don’t pull goals out of midair. Texas School for the Blind...



A girl uses an abacus and a braille writer.
By Marnee Loftin | Comments: 0
Jonathan has been receiving educational services since the age of thirteen months.  His family has been an active participant in this process always ensuring that Jonathan has been surrounded by braille in his home and with books available for reading...



student with multicolored parachute
By Jbrown | Comments: 0
Typically when we think of pre-literacy activities, we think of increasing tactual and print awareness, object and letter identification, and book handling skills.  Learning literacy skills begins even before students learn to recognize and identify...



Student using tactile symbols with braille
By Megan Mogan | Comments: 0
Whether you are raring to go and have your materials all organized, or your vacation flight arrives home the night before your first day back, it’s time. Here are just a few things I like to remind myself this back-to-school time of year. ...



school supply labels
By Liamsmom | Comments: 2
My son Liam, who is deafblind, will be starting first grade in a couple of weeks in a mainstream classroom.  Last year, I bought all of Liam's supplies and labeled them myself.  This year I wanted Liam to be part of the process. And of course I...



Pages of accessible book showing a toothbrush
By Liamsmom | Comments: 1
My son Liam attends a mainstream public school. He just finished Kindergarten last year, where he would get these little mini-books that his classmates were reading. I have taken some of them and modified them so that they would be accessible for Liam, as...



Teacher sitting on floor with a young boy looking at a braille book
By gwyn52 | Comments: 0
Sighted children develop and gain knowledge and experience through incidental learning. During their first few years of life they have exposure to a vast range of visual symbols that convey meaning. They observe children and adults looking atprint and...



Collage of academic apps
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 0
New apps (applications) for iOS devices are frequently released, and the following is list compiled of the apps which were most highly rated by students who are blind or visually impaired.  Many of these help to support various areas of the Expanded...



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...



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