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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.
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.
Braille wreath

Braille Designs of Holiday Wreaths

By Edith West
These braille drawings are a fun way to celebrate the holiday season for Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or other occasions!
Cover of Fall Pumpkin book

Experience Book about Fall Pumpkin Craft Activity

By Liz Eagan
This tactile fall pumpkin book uses real objects, braille and large print to discuss the experience of making a fall pumpkin book with students who are blind or visually impaired.
A boy who is deafblind uses an abacus with his interpreter

Using an Abacus with a Child Who Is Deafblind

By Liamsmom
These videos demonstrate the use of an abacus to solve addition and subtraction problems with a student who is deafblind with an interpreter using tactile sign, braille, and a teacher.
Mouse

Story with All UEB Braille Contractions

By Charlotte Cushman
This short passage uses all UEB (Unified English Braille) contractions and is a fun way to provide practice for braille readers.
Halloween craft with spiderweb

Fall Holiday Craft: Autumn Leaves, Pumpkin, Spiders

By Liz Eagan
This fall holiday craft for students who are blind or visually impaired includes extension activities related to literacy, language, science, and technology.

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