Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Blog Posts

Below are recently created blog posts.



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...



accessibility screen on ipad
By Tara Mason | Comments: 0
In today’s blog post, I will present a simple instructional model to implement when working with students and their iPads. I know most of us have studied instructional strategies and most of my suggestions may not be new. A key point is that when...



Tactile graphics collage
By gwyn52 | Comments: 0
Graphs and charts can be very challenging for students who are blind or visually impaired, whether they are using tactile graphs or large print graphs.  Students with visual impairments must be specifically taught how to interpret tactile graphics and...



Collage of Vision Apps
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 0
There are many applications (apps) available to assist teachers of students with visual impairments and other vision professionals in their work.  I have collected some of my favorite apps in the following categories: Apps for Vision Information...



Braille Babies
By KimAvila | Comments: 2
This is the first of two parts. Read Part 2: Braille Babies: Toys to Promote Pre-Braille Skills   Braille Babies was designed after several years of implementing creative methods for teaching braille to young children and their...



Young boy using an iPad
By Tara Mason | Comments: 0
I had the pleasure of learning all about one parent’s journey with her four and a half year old son and his iPad. She enthusiastically agreed to be interviewed for a Paths to Literacy Blog post.   It is a great opportunity to learn about iPad use...



mother showing child birthday book
By Liamsmom | Comments: 3
Our Liam turned 5 last week and his little brother Finn turned 2 the week before. Liam and Finn celebrated their birthdays together with family and friends by having a birthday party at our house.  For those of you who don't already know, my son...



tactile maps on foam boards
By Laurie Hudson | Comments: 3
Skills in reading/writing tactile images, or “tactile-graphicity,” develop with lots and lots of carefully sequenced, guided exposure to thoughtfully designed and well-made tactile images.  It takes time, strategy, and a steady hand to...



student using symbols to make a list
By fayegonzalez | Comments: 2
By Faye Gonzalez, TVI & COMS I had a dilemma over the past year in working with my students who have Visual & Multiple Disabilities (V&MD). One student in particular challenged my teaching methods. My dilemma was: Sensory activities...



mystic storykit
By Cindy Reed-Brown | Comments: 2
Like most TVIs, the preschool Education Consultants at CT Services for the Blind have been using “storyboxes” for many years with our students. Also, like most TVIs, we’ve tried to provide a variety of social activities for our young...



young girl combing her hair
By ScarlettsEyes | Comments: 4
Without reliable access to clear visual information, children who are visually impaired must rely on additional modes of learning, such as through touch and auditory information. So what do you do with a child who will only sing and is reluctant to explore...



Collage for selecting iPad apps
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 2
  Making decisions about which applications (apps) for iPads are the most suitable for specific students involves a number of different steps.  This article looks at: Considerations for iPad App Selection How to Choose an...



Collage of handwriting tips
By gwyn52 | Comments: 1
Top Access Tips: Writing Students with visual impairments often benefit from the use of specialized tools and materials.  Special paper, writing tools, lighting and other equipment can make it easier for them to write.  It is important to...



School-home journals
By Megan Mogan | Comments: 4
By: Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP Around 4 pm every day, something wonderful happens to me.  I get to reunite with my 3 children after school/work and find out how their days went.  I get to hear about spelling tests, lunchbox trades, science...



Collage featuring several ipad applications
By Tara Mason | Comments: 0
It is with great pleasure that I post my first article to the Paths of Literacy Blog. I have been studying iPads and teacher professional development for the past two years for my Ph.D. research study. For my study, I have created learning resources around...



Saving a webpage as an eBook
By Sharon@TSBVI | Comments: 1
There is a wonderful resource, which allows your student to save a webpage as an individual EPUB file.   What is an EPUB?   “.epub” is an electronic book format that has become the industry standard. EPUB files can be read...



Classroom shelf
By Katie Armstrong | Comments: 2
Recently I submitted a post called Montessori Activities to Promote Pre-Literacy Skills for Tactual Learners. This post was about fun Montessori activities, how to get started creating a few activities, and how they reinforce beginning braille readiness...



collage of girl with cane
By Laurie Hudson | Comments: 2
Literacy happens throughout Orientation & Mobility curricula: maintaining personal notes of walking routes and personal O&M journals, reading public transportation routes and schedules, menus and maps, processing Global Positioning System output,...



Tactile communication board
By fayegonzalez | Comments: 0
  In an earlier blog post, I discussed guidelines for Using a Picture Symbol System for Communication and Literacy.  In addition to the factors discussed in that post, another crucial consideration in designing a communication system for students...



A young boy puts toast into a toaster
By Liamsmom | Comments: 2
My son Liam (a happy, social, deaf-blind preschooler) has an intervener/interpreter that is with him at school.  Liam’s intervener and I wanted to create a conversation box that he could use at school.  We came up with an experience Liam...



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