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Overview

Literacy Foundations

Literacy begins with an understanding of one’s world, including people, the environment, and daily activities. Providing children with meaningful hands-on experiences helps to develop basic concepts and contributes to independence, as well as to quality of life.

  • Literacy is more than just reading and writing.
  • Communication and literacy are interconnected.
  • Literacy-rich environments support learning.

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Voices from the Literacy community.

Dr. Yue-Ting Siu TVI and Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University

“In preparing new teachers of blind and low vision students, including those with additional disabilities, Paths to Literacy contributes critical resources for teacher preparation. The incredible amount of information related to braille, literacy experiences, and how to ensure a meaningful classroom for any aged student with significant support needs are essential resources that enrich our academic materials.”

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Paths to Literacy is a Community of Practice for all who are interested in literacy for children and youth with visual impairments, deafblindess or multiple disabilities.

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