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for students who are blind or visually impaired

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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
Experience story about hot chocolate uses tactile symbols from Tactile Connections Kit from APH to create stories by children w/ 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
Banana in a baggie with print and braille label

Tangible Valentine Cards

By Paths to Literacy
Activity ideas for making tangible valentines with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or multiple disabilities
Touch Math cards with numbers 1-4

Touch Math Cards

By snyderd
I made these Touch Math cars for elementary students with visual impairments and additional disabilities to teach numbers and counting.
Two hands with push pins on Battleship grid

Adapting Battleship Game for Braille Users

By Beth Borysewicz
Tips to adapt and modify the game of “Battleship” for children who are blind or visually impaired using braille and tactile symbols.
Gwyn with materials from Marvin's market adventure

Marvin's Market Adventure: Interactive Book

By gwyn52
This interactive book uses a theme-based approach to bring literacy to life for children who are blind or visually impaired or with multiple disabilities.
Cover of Christmas Word Search book with tactile Christmas tree

Christmas Word Find Book

By Liamsmom
Get in the holiday spirit by inviting braille students to look for words related to Christmas, Hannukah, or other special themes or events.
Procede pour écrire les Paroles, la Musique et le Plain-chant au moyen de points, a l’usage des aveugles et dispose pour eux, par L. Braille, Répétiteur à l'Institution Royale des Jeunes Aveugles. Paris. 1829.

Louis Braille Timeline Game

By PennyR
Every year on January 4th, students can play this game in honor of Louis Braille's birthday. It is a good way to review who Louis Braille is.
Braille Code Collection Boxes

Braille Code Collection Boxes

By gwyn52
Motivate children to learn letters or contractions of the braille code by collecting things in boxes or containers.
Christmas roll activity with adaptation

Adapting Roll-a-Christmas-Tree Game

By Liamsmom
Ideas to make the Roll-a-Christmas-Tree game accessible to children who are deafblind, blind or visually impaired using braille and tactile materials
Turkey tail feathers

Thanksgiving Feathers: A Creative Writing Assignment

By Charlotte Cushman
This creative writing assignment was done by a 4th grader, who is deafblind. He's quite proud of it and we're happy to share it here!
Picture symbols on Velcro strips on outside of DVD case

Making Symbols Portable

By Liz Eagan
This system helps to make picture symbols more portable for students with low vision who need Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) support.
 braillewriter, braille eraser, and a braille notetaker paired with a computer.  The braille display reads “I like to bake”.”

Braille Writing: Pairing a Refreshable Braille Display with a Perkins Braillewriter

By Dmitry Neronov
This lesson on braille writing shows how to pair a refreshable braille display with a Perkins Braillewriter to motivate students with visual impairments.
Tactile dots

Braille "Twister"

By Beth Borysewicz
Braille "Twister" is a fun way to practice braille literacy skills while incorporating movement with students who are blind or visually impaired. This can be played in an inclusive setting with sighted peers at recess or individually to practice dot configurations.

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