Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Signature with Wikki Stix, along with packets of Wikki Stix

Tips for Teaching How to Create a Signature

By jfreeman
Practical ideas on how to teach individuals who are blind or visually impaired to create a written signature.
Embossed Jack-o-Lantern with "Happy Halloween" in braille.

Halloween Designs to Emboss

By Heather Park
These braille designs are ready to emboss for Halloween! Students with visual impairments will enjoy the Jack-o-lantern pumpkin and Frankie Monster accessible images.
A boy checks his work on a braille assignment.

Using APH Tactile Editing Marks Kit for Creative Writing Assignment

By Liamsmom
APH Tactile Editing Marks Kit makes editing accessible to braille students who are blind or visually impaired or deafblind.
Materials to create telescope training board

Telescope Training Board

By Tracy Fitch
Make your own Telescope Training Board for students with low vision, who are learning to use monocular telescopes. These boards can help to train them in the use of the device.
Set up for 5 Little Pumpkins activity

Five Little Pumpkins

By Karen Epley
Five Little Pumpkins is a Halloween-themed activity for young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities or additional special needs.
Young girl with iPad on toddler-sized lap desk

DIY Toddler-Size Lap Desk

By Kelly Whitfield Bradley
Learn how to make your own toddler-size lap desk to support an iPad, light box, book or other toys and materials!
Summer Book of trip to Minnesota

Summer Trip Book: Creating an Accessible Journal Photo Book

By Liamsmom
Tips to create an accessible journal photo book about summer trips, family vacations or other special events, using braille with a printed photo book.
Short line and long line

Book of Opposites for Kindergarten Student in Egypt

By Nahla Ismael
This Book of Opposites was created by a parent in Egypt for her 6-year-old son, who is blind.
Refrigerator with braille and print farm schedules

Making Upcoming Events Accessible to All Members of the Family

By Sandy Kenrick
Make upcoming events accessible to all members of the family by posting the schedule in braille, as well as print.
Braille key to tactile materials and tactile map

Using Tactile Graphics to Create Design for Park

By Melanie Reid
A second grader who is blind creates a tactile design for a park in her inclusive classroom using a braille key for her tactile graphics.
A young boy waves a small American flag

Max's Flag Routine: Sensory Learning Routine

By Charlotte Cushman
Video of a sensory learning routine showing how a young child with multiple disabilities, including visual impairment, learns to reach, observe and imitate
student using braillewriter

Writing Prompts for Summer Journals

By Liz Eagan
Writing prompts for summer journals can help braille students maintain their skills during the summer holidays.
Title page of Learning JAWS by Rosa Mauer

Learning JAWS: Lessons and Review

By Rosa Mauer
These lessons focus on using keyboard shortcuts with JAWS, to review or enhance your current curriculum for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Book cover of Squint.  The word Squint appears behind a pair of glasses, and half of the word is blurry.  Small superhero stands on the letter Q.]

VI Book Club: Squint

By Stacey Chambers
Our book club for students who are blind or visually impaired read "Squint" by Shelley Brown. A 5th grade student with albinism shares his video review.
Images of coins on iPad

Making Worksheets More Accessible to Students with CVI

By Melissa McDermott
Use an iPad to make worksheets more accessible to students with cortical visual impairment (CVI) and multiple disabilities.
Hot Chocolate activity with Tactile Connections symbols

Hot Chocolate: A Tactile Connections Experience Story

By Regina Quaid
This experience story about hot chocolate uses tactile symbols from Tactile Connections Kit from APH to create stories by children with vision impairments and multiple disabilities.
Cover of Bear Hunt in UEB

Take Home Story Kit

By Melissa McDermott
Take Home Story Kits enable students to create tactile or braille books that they can take home to share with their families to promote braille literacy.
Braillewriter and What's Gnu game

Adapting What's Gnu for Beginning Braille Readers

By Liamsmom
What's Gnu? is an easy game to adapt for beginning braille readers, which can be fun to play at home with sighted siblings or in an inclusive classroom.
Bio-Poem on bulletin board

Future Occupation Bio-Poem

By Liz Eagan
This Future Occupation Bio-Poem is a fun writing activity that promotes career exploration, as well as braille literacy skills.
Cover of Hearts book

Preschool Valentines Book for Children with CVI

By Ellen Cadigan Mazel
This tactile book uses different textures on each red heart to create an accessible book for children with cortical visual impairment

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