Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

International Literacy Day 2015

Logo for International Literacy Day

UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day in 1965. Since then, schools, organizations and communities around the world have united to promote awareness of the importance of literacy as a basic human right.  Illiteracy contributes to cycles of poverty throughout the world and lack of access to literacy continues to be a barrier for many people with visual impairments.

Members of the community, schools, and all champions of literacy are invited each year to mark the occasion with special events.  The official website includes a list of twenty suggested activities to try in the classroom, including:

  1. Found Poetry
  2. Gallery Walk
  3. Big Paper/Grafitti
  4. Accordion Books
  5. Global Book Clubs
  6. Scavenger Hunt
  7. WebQuests
  8. Wikis
  9. Fine Art Performance
  10. Multi-age Tutoring Opportunities
  11. Read to a Dog
  12. Open Mic Night
  13. Comic Strips
  14. Cake Decorating Contest
  15. Character Dress-Up
  16. Morning Assembly
  17. Read-A-Thon
  18. Create
  19. Dreamworks
  20. Role Models

We'd be interested to hear what YOU have done to mark the occasion and how you have made events accessible to students with visual impairments.