Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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Below are strategy posts across all content areas.

Bear and Hare book with picture symbol of fish

Adapting Bear and Hare Go Fishing for Children with Visual Impairments, Including CVI

By bswi222
Adapting picture books for children with visual impairments, including CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
Boy using hundreds chart to count by tens

Tactile Hundreds Chart with Braille

By Liamsmom
Teach children with visual impairments number sense using an accessible hundreds chart with braille and a tactile grid.
Braille writing song

Braille Writing Song

By Tracy Fitch
Song to teach finger position to create dots on a brailler
Corduroy full storybox

Making "Corduroy" Accessible to Readers with Visual Impairments

By phalstead
Making "Corduroy" book accessible to children with visual impairments through storybox, tactile symbols, picture symbols, and talking book.
Story box for "Are You My Mother?"

Adapting "Are You My Mother?" for Children with Multiple Disabilities

By mistyepperson
Adapting "Are You My Mother?" picture book to make it accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities
Story Box for "If You Take a Mouse to School"

Adapting "If You Take a Mouse to School" for a Student with CVI

By KGarffie
Make an early childhood book accessible to children who are blind or who have CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) or multiple disabilities.
Alice the Fairy Story Box

Making "Alice the Fairy" Accessible

By Terrie Brown
Tips to modify and adapt "Alice the Fairy" for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities
Polar bear book with tactile symbols

Braille and Tactile Book Adaptions

By kathrynking
Pipe cleaner wrapped around finger

Teaching Finger Isolation to Braille Students with Additional Disabilities

By Liz Eagan
Ideas to teach finger isolation skills to braille students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities
Child looking through magnifying glass

Checking My Work, I Am A Detective!

By Marsha Bork
Encourage braille students to find mistakes and correct them in their writing and braille texts.
Pancake activity

Pancakes, Crackers, and Pizza: Story Box and More!

By dleejenk
Tips to make early literacy book Pancakes, Crackers, and Pizza accessible to young children who are blind or visually impaired, using storybox, picture and tactile symbols
Story board example

Story Board for CVI or Braille Learners

By Tracy Fitch
Create your own story board for spring for students with CVI or braille readers
Frog in braille

Adapting Tracking Activities for Braille Readers

By Liz Eagan
Tips to create tracking activities for beginning braille readers
Self-writing checklist for braille writers screenshot

Writing Self-Check for Braille Students

By Sensory Sun
This strategy teaches braille students to check their writing to discover and correct their mistakes.
Teacher wearing a red nose

Red Nose Day

By Liz Eagan
Encourage students with low vision, CVI or multiple disabilities to look at you by wearing a red nose!
Student drawing a thank you note

Writing a Thank You Letter

By Liz Eagan
Teaching students to write thank-you notes gives them a chance to practice braille or print skills, as well as developing social skills.
Miss Spider's Tea Party and objects

Making Miss Spider's Tea Party Accessible to Students with Visual Impairments

By heather.cassity
Make picture books accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired with storyboxes, picture symbols, tactile symbols, and a talking powerpoint book.
APH Portable Sound Source

Activities to Develop Auditory Skills

By Chris Tabb
Activities to develop auditory discrimination and listening skills in children and youth who are blind or visually impaired
Textured bunny picture

Alternate Solution to Coloring for Children with Low Vision

By Liz Eagan
Textured materials and collage offer an alternate way for students with low vision to participate in coloring or other art activities.
Child with an iPad

Add an iPad to your FVA / Learning Media Assesment Kit

By Charlotte Cushman
14 tips to use an iPad as part of the Functional Vision Assessment and Learning Media Assessment Kit (FVA/LMA) for young children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities.