Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Below are recently created blog posts.



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...



Story box toy bar
By Jbrown | Comments: 2
Toy bars are a wonderful tool when teaching pre-literacy skills.  Object awareness and knowledge can be introduced and reinforced through toy bars. Students learn about the characteristics of items through all of their learning channels. They have...



Itsy Bitsy Spider
By Diane Brauner | Comments: 4
Theme:   Itsy Bitsy Spider is a Circle Time Braille Kit that focuses on the letter "s", spiders, weather and counting to 8. This kit is designed to be used together with the Letter "S" Interactive Braille Book, which is found...



Braille 2013 Year in Review
By Debbie Gillespie | Comments: 0
World Braille Day is January 4, in honor of Louis Braille's birthday.  A lot has happened in the world of braille during the past year and in the final week of Braille Literacy Month we would like to review some of the highlights of 2013.  This...



woman holds baby in pool
By ScarlettsEyes | Comments: 0
Firstly I'd like to introduce myself:  my name is Charlotte and I am a single mother of two.  I have Scarlett, who is blind and three and a half, and Sonny, who is two and a half and fully sighted.  I run an online parents' support...



Bumble Bee with good contrast
By gwyn52 | Comments: 0
Pictures 1.  Size of graphic Present clear, well contrasting, simple large graphics. Remove detail and visual clutter from graphic. Add black outlines to shapes and main key features. Remove complex colouring. Use...



Personal identifier necklaces
By Liamsmom | Comments: 1
My 4 ½ year old, deaf-blind son Liam identifies both people he knows and people he meets by their identifiers.  For most people an identifier may be a ring, watch, bracelet, etc. that they always wear.  The more he knows a person, the more he...



A girl looks at a pie chart.
By PennyR | Comments: 0
Dots for Families was originally designed in 2003 by L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D., University of Arizona, and Linda Reed, M.Ed., Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Parent Outreach Program for the Visually Impaired for family members, teachers of...



A boy holds the outstretched hands of a girl in a wheelchair.
By Megan Mogan | Comments: 1
I had the absolute pleasure of being part of a Perkins eLearning workshop for the last 5 weeks, focusing on AAC strategies to use with students who are Visually Impaired and have additional disabilities.  I referred to this population of students as...



Top access tips for print media
By gwyn52 | Comments: 0
The following tips sheet is aimed at offering short, clear guidance to class teachers regarding print media access for children and young people with visual impairment. Each child's access is individiual and a careful and thorough assessment of their...



Using an iPad to help children with multiple disabilities
By Linda Mamer | Comments: 0
iPads are used in more and more ways in the educational programs of students who are blind or visually impaired.  They can be used to help children to develop basic concepts, to reinforce literacy skills, to support communication, to promote the...



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