Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Below are recently created blog posts.



theme books collage
By Liz Eagan
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 video magnifier
By Tara Mason
Whenever I think about the Common Core State Standards and students with visual impairments, I cannot overlook the connection between technology and student access and learning. Our world is changing rapidly and the call for students who are blind or...



student using toy bar
By Jbrown
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...



First slide of the Assistive Technology PowerPoint
By Tara Mason
The TVI Experience Typically, you will find that TVIs report a few different scenarios in their school district. A TVI either has:  One or more technology specific district team members to help with an AT assessment or evaluation and...



a female student using a braille notetaker
By Tara Mason
Ensuring that students have an accessible learning environment is directly linked to assistive technology.   Many states that have adopted the CCSS will be required to implement CCSS assessments online using a digital delivery system. Additionally,...



scribble on paper
By Liamsmom
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...



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