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Making Storage Accessible

storage closet

At home, we have many "browsing book" boxes placed throughout our living room.  All of the books have braille and many of them have tactile pictures or are touch and feel books.  My son Liam, who is deafblind, can go to one of these  boxes and enjoy them whenever he wants.  It is important to me to give him as many opportunities to read and access braille as often as possible.  We keep the books in the same spots all the time so that he can easily find them.  They are in places that are easy and safe for him to access.  I also try to add new books to the collection often.  

liam in storage closetI can never have enough storage for all of Liam's books, activities, puzzles, braille work, etc.... Almost all of our closets in the house are full of braille "stuff" or crafting supplies to make more braille "stuff".smiley One closet, in particular, I designate for Liam's "special" books and activities.  These are books that I want to make sure are read with "care" or ones that have pieces that I don't want to lose.  We keep this closet locked to keep everything safe and organized. (I have a busy 6 year old and 3 year old at home - as they get older I can easily leave the door unlocked.)  Liam can ask me to open this special closet.  I have it organized so that the books and activities are accessible to him.  He can feel all the books on the middle shelf and pick which one he wants to take to the couch and read.  He can choose an activity from the bottom shelf to bring to the living room to play.  He loves being able to choose his own activities and this closet allows him the opportunity to do that INDEPENDENTLY! smiley

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These are simple, easy to

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Yes, please do tweet us a

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We love this photo from

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Liamsmom,

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Btw, I also found an idea for

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Posted on August 28, 2015
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Making Storage Accessible

Hillary @ Senso... commented on September 4, 2015

Btw, I also found an idea for cloth book "slings" that would be great because they're softer if kids are younger or the hard shelf would be a hazard. Pinterest has lots of similar ideas! =)

Hillary @ Senso... commented on September 4, 2015

Liamsmom,

I actually found them during a great sale at Crate & Barrel! But they would be so easy to make. I found this article with instructions: http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2011/02/easy-front-facing-picture-book-disp.... The only the thing I would add is that ours are not open on the ends, therefore the books can't slide off the sides. We're really enjoying them!

Liamsmom commented on September 3, 2015

Hillary, 

love, love, love the shelf idea! Thanks for sharing! Did you make them or purchase them?  I would love to do that for my boys' rooms!!!

Charlotte@Perkins commented on September 2, 2015

arranging braille books

We love this photo from Hillary @ http://www.sensorysun.org/ showing how she set up her daughter's room to make the braille books accessible.

Send in your ideas and photos!

Charlotte@Perkins commented on September 2, 2015

Yes, please do tweet us a picture of what you're doing at home!  We'd love to post it here.

If anyone else tries this at home or in the classroom, please let us know and share your pictures.  It's helpful to others to see lots of examples!  Email us at:  Pathsto.literacy@perkins.org or connect with us on social media.

Hillary @ Senso... commented on September 1, 2015

These are simple, easy to implement ideas. Thanks for sharing! Having easy access to books has definitely made a difference for our daughter, who really struggles with reading braille. We put shelves near her bed to put her books on in her room! I'll tweet @PathsToLiteracy a pic!