Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

About This Site

Photo of teacher pointing to her ear, young boy looks at her and smiles while they look at a picture book of a red dog.

This website is the result of a joint project between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). By combining our resources and expertise, we hope to assist educators and families in the quest to provide literacy experiences for children who are blind or visually impaired.

The information on this site ranges from a basic overview of literacy to various stages of development and special challenges, as well as an exploration of different media (print, braille, auditory strategies). We encourage you to add your ideas and questions, so that this will be an interactive hub of resources.

Two hands on a braille page from a biology textbook.


This site is intended to be an online hub for information related to literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities or deafblindness.  It includes original content, as well as links to other sites and resources available on the web.  Some materials have been summarized, with a link to the full resource.   In cases where information is available free of charge on the web, we have linked directly to articles and other resources.  In cases where information is sold, we have linked to the web address or URL where more information can be found.  Some of the information and photographs have also been posted with permission. If you would like more information about any of this, please contact us.

For additional information about the site, view our webinar (or go directly to Adobe Connect to view the webinar) or powerpoint presentation.

Download the flyer for Paths to Literacy.

See also History and How to Use This Site.

The site was developed by:

  • Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Charlotte Cushman, Website Editor; Project Manager


Photo of Jim Durkel

Jim Durkel, who was one of the creators of this site, passed away on May 28, 2012. He will be remembered for his rich professional knowledge, passionate dedication, and personal warmth. This site lives on in his memory.

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