Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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theme books collage
By Liz Eagan | Comments: 1
I created these books for my low vision students in life skills and classrooms of students with multiple impairments. These were my way of trying to help add to their functional vocabulary. I created a "Teacher's Guide" to go with it to help the...



By Charlotte Cushman | Comments: 0
Paths to Literacy is an active community of practice, which means that teachers, families, and others are invited to share their voices, ideas, and questions!  Many of you receive this weekly blog delivered via email, but you may not have taken the time...



Adapted literacy collage
By Megan Mogan | Comments: 2
By Megan Mogan   Buried deep in the Paths to Literacy archives is a little post called Adapted Adapted Literacy.  It describes how my TVI colleague Sheryl Katzen and I worked together to adapt parts of our school’s conventional...



early learning apps collage
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 9
Many apps (applications) are available to promote early learning for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This is a partial list (part one of two) to help you...



homemade books
By Liamsmom | Comments: 9
Enlist the help of friends and family to make these tactile books!   The purpose of these books is to... create appropriate books, at Liam’s level, that he can read and enjoy independently.  be used in...



tactile math ideas collage
By gwyn52 | Comments: 1
Children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who have additional disabilities or deafblindness, benefit from lots of hands-on exploration of real objects from the natural environment.  Exploration of various household items can help to...



iPad with CVI / Multiple Disabilities Collage
By Tara Mason | Comments: 2
For students who have Cerebral / Cortical Visual Impairment and/or multiple impairments we need to be thinking about visual characteristics of CVI, positioning, and learning environments, in addition to planning ways to incorporate the iPad into a...



Student with teacher and pink balloon
By Linda Hagood | Comments: 5
Editor's Note:  Please refer to the background article:  Writing CAN Be Child's Play:  A Collaborative Writing Program.   Students in the Writing Together Program have produced many kinds of interesting stories.  I will be...



Academic Apps collage
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 0
Applications (apps) for iOS devices change quickly, but I have compiled a list of apps for academic students with visual impairments.  I have used many of these apps, however I have not used all of them personally.  They have all been used by...



student using toy bar
By Jbrown | Comments: 1
Introduction Settings Activities   Introduction: A Learning Media Assessment (LMA) is an evaluation process that allows the observer to identify the student’s primary and secondary learning channel, i.e. whether...



scribble on paper
By Liamsmom | Comments: 2
When I was first introduced to the idea of "scribbling" for my son Liam who is deafblind, I remember thinking, “Scribbling doesn’t really make sense for my son since he can’t see what he is scribbling”. Well, I came to...



Job charts collage
By Katie Armstrong | Comments: 1
Recently a friend from college, Kitty Greeley, was observing in my classroom for research she is doing as part of her doctoral degree at Florida State University.  After her observations were complete, we spent some time chatting about what she observed...



O&M apps
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 0
There are many apps (applications) available to support the development of Orientation and Mobility skills for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those who are deafblind.  I compiled a list of some of my favorites in...



Two boys look through monoculars outdoors.
By cyralm | Comments: 1
By Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired    Have you ever wondered whether your child’s program is meeting educational standards related to his or her visual impairment?  How...



Adaptation of Brown Bear for children with CVI
By Charlotte Cushman | Comments: 0
A group of teachers in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind presented an hour-long webinar on various aspects of literacy for children with deafblindness. Literacy Adaptations for Students Who Are Deafblind with Christa...



girl holding a stuffed kitten
By Charlotte Cushman | Comments: 1
Adaptations for a child who has a combined vision and hearing loss will depend on many factors, such as the amount of vision and hearing the child has, age, cognitive abilities, motor skills, and personal interests.  This post is the first of four parts...



A young girl jumping on a trampoline
By ScarlettsEyes | Comments: 1
I have previously mentioned in my blogs about my daughter’s disdain of handling and exploring items unless they vibrate or sing! Counting for Scarlett has never been a problem as many musical toys incorporate the number sequence, which she can...



Collage of recommended hearing apps
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 0
This post is a collection of my favorite applications (apps) related to hearing, speech work, and sign language.  This list may be helpful to anyone working with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, including Speech Language...



Ideas for Developing Functional Literacy Skills
By Frank Mead | Comments: 0
    I have been a teacher in the Secondary Program at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts for more than 30 years, and I am retiring this spring. I was asked to share some of my thoughts and strategies on...



Toys for Pre-Braille Development
By KimAvila | Comments: 0
This post is a continuation of my earlier post: http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/braille-babies  This post focuses on developing hand and finger strength for using a braille writer, as well as on issues and concerns voiced by parents of children with...



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