This project is a collaboration between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. While our two schools have worked closely together for many years, this is our first cooperative venture online. We hope that by combining our resources and expertise that we can help to stimulate discussion in the field on the many different aspects of literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities or deafblindness. We recognize that there are many wonderful ideas out in the field, and we encourage you to share strategies, resources, research, and ideas for using technology.
Discussions started in 2010, as we realized that both of our schools were interested in developing a site that specifically focused on Literacy. We recognized that some resources were disappearing from the web, such as the E-Advisor site, which had been hosted by Boston Children's Hospital, and that created some initial motivation, as we wanted to be sure that valuable information was not lost. In addition, we are aware that the ever-increasing popularity of social media presents exciting opportunities to share ideas and our hope is that by centralizing our own resources that we can encourage an active dialogue in the field. We hope that each of you will participate in our forums to post questions and to take advantage of the rich experiences that each of you has. Whether you are brand new in the field, or a veteran teacher, a parent or family member, or any interested member of the community, we invite you to share your voice!
We are grateful to the Verizon Foundation for an initial grant in 2010 to help us to get the project off the ground.