Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Literacy and the Expanded Core Curriculum

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Braille Literacy is one of the Compensatory Skills in the Expanded Core Curriculum. This page from the ECC Advocacy site, co-sponsored by American Foundation of the Blind and Perkins School for the Blind, provides an explanation of the importance of braille and offers a strong case for the importance of promoting braille instruction in the ECC. While technology offers students who are blind access to many texts and other sources of information, it is no substitute for the ability to read and write braille.  We would never suggest that just because sighted children learn to use computers that they should no longer be taught to write using a paper and pencil or to read what is written on the blackboard or a list.  The ability to have direct interaction with text, both in its production, as well as in reading it, allows for the development of an understanding of spelling and punctuation, as well as how a text is formatted.

Posted on August 27, 2012
Updated on: February 8, 2018