Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Best Practices for Braille Training (DARS)

We are grateful to the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center of Austin, Texas, for sharing  Best Practices and Strategies for Braille Training, Braille Reading and Writing Manual: A Reference Manual for DARS Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Instructors Working With Blind Adults. The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) administers adult rehabilitative services as well as the Early Childhood Intervention Services you may be familiar with.

Much of the material in the Best Practice guide can be applied with upper level students, accomplished print readers learning braille, and other high-interest/low literacy situations where "beginner braille" tactics need a boost.

The document covers both reading and writing, assessments, and braille and technology. Best Practices also addresses teaching braille to students with progressive vision loss.  As the Preface states, "This manual has been prepared as a tool to assist in motivating individuals to learn Braille. The use of this text by the teacher or student will facilitate the learning of Braille and increase opportunities for students to gain independence and employment."

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Posted on June 28, 2013
Updated on: November 27, 2018