Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Below are recently created blog posts.



Perkins brailler with parts labelled
By Laurie Hudson
Like many teachers of the visually impaired, I have often introduced people to Perkins Braillewriters.  I’ve shown this tool to not only my students, but also to their families and their teachers and classmates if they are in inclusion settings....



1 Red Circle
By Deborah Fenton
and Patrice Bucheli Goal We put together this PowerPoint for our students with CVI and it was used based on a student's CVI Range Score.  The goal was to provide 2-D images and concepts that allowed us to work on a variety of lessons to discuss...



A girl wearing sunglasses stands with her mother
By Nilam Agrawal
When remote learning started, post spring break in the 2020 COVID world, I was suddenly given a front row seat to my daughter’s academic life, a rare departure from our life before. By way of background, my daughter is 11 years old and is in the 5th...



Tactile assessment
By Marnee Loftin
Collaborative evaluations have become an increasingly popular style of evaluating students in the school setting.  Different professions identifying strengths and needs, as well as developing comprehensive recommendations, is a powerful model.  With...



Perkins brailler with smartphone camera above it
By Champagne Marsh-Williams
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the quarantining measures enacted as a result, virtual learning and meetings have become necessary to assist professionals with conducting their duties in a remote environment.  Virtual team collaboration platforms have...



A young boy putting clothes into the washing machine
By TinaK
Miha is a 6-year-old boy born with LCA (Leber congenital amaurosis)  and is legally blind with only light perception. He was included in an early intervention program from a very early age, which was a good thing, but also a challenge.  The TVI (...



Visually-guided reach (VGR) is a skill that we typically assess and often try to promote in our students, but what about students who have limited motor control and may not be able to extend their arms or control their reach at all?  Many students with cerebral palsy and other motor challenges may not be able to achieve this skill for motoric, rather than visual, reasons.  While the focus in this article is on students with CVI, some of the information applies to other students with complex learning needs a
By Chris Russell
Visually-guided reach (VGR) is a skill that we typically assess and often try to promote in our students, but what about students who have limited motor control and may not be able to extend their arms or control their reach at all?  Many students with...



Student using Pictello on a tablet
By Julianne Lemman
Pictello is an iOS app made by AssistiveWare that can be used to create experience stories and social stories using pictures, text, audio recordings, and video. Pictello can be used to build literacy skills, social skills, communication, social-emotional...



Green Eggs and Ham book with plate of green eggs and ham
By Regina Quaid
Now that the majority of us have been practicing social distancing and we have not had a chance to meet with families and students in person, family events have drastically changed for most schools. Students are holding virtual concerts and programs, parents...



Google Classroom banner
By MLimburg
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind’s Children’s Services presented our “Braille Day” annual fall in-service in a virtual format using...



A teenage girl examines a stone statue of human figures as an adult looks on.
By Chris Montgomery
Foundation for Well-Being and Quality of Life Human interaction begins in infancy. From when a baby and mother share a moment’s gaze - maybe at the buttons on the shirt that mother is wearing – the process of human interaction is being...



ECC braille subscription boxes
By Stacey Chambers
Subscription boxes are a fun way to get new products, crafts books, clothing, or projects delivered to your doorstep each month. Over the past year, I've watched my two daughters anticipate their mail and unwrap it with delight.  The projects have...



4 packets of Braille Literacy Awareness materials
By Liz Eagan
This year for Braille Literacy Awareness Month, we created a packet of information for the School Board and the Superintendent. Pictured are all the items included as well as the two documents that I copied from a website and listed the website at the end...



Baby feet with adult hands forming heart shape around them
By Karen Borg
Can you remember learning to read? Do you remember the first time you saw a word and knew what it said and meant? Chances are that that’s a stretch for most of us. Why? Most of us can remember the first time we rode a bike, swam across the pool, or...



Toy goldfish against black background
By Chris Russell
What is Visual Complexity? Difficulty with Visual Complexity is one of the 10 characteristics that impact the visual functioning of individuals with CVI. To learn more about each of the characteristics, see: Cortical Visual Impairment and the Evaluation...



Cover of Martin and Anne
By Nancy Churnin
We are all one human family and we need to stand up for the vulnerable among us. That was my inspiration for Martin & Anne, the Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, the February Book of the Month from the National Braille Press...



Photo cards on black background: help, spoon, syringe, food bowl, diaper
By Sharon Elliott
We have successfully transitioned my son who is non-verbal and scored at a 2.5 on The CVI Range (Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy) at his initial assessment to a current score of 5++ by using whole objects in an object schedule system to using photographs of...



January is #BrailleLiteracy month!  In SimBraille: celebrate braille literacy
By Charlotte Cushman
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to learn braille this year?  Perhaps you would like to support your child, relative, or someone you know who is a braille reader.  Or perhaps you are a veteran teacher who knows braille, but you're...



Child using braille notetaker with refreshable braille display
By Liamsmom
My son Liam is 11 years old and in sixth grade.  He got a Braillenote Touch Plus last year at school and has been learning to use it.  He loves his "computer".  So far he uses the device as a calculator, for writing and saving...



Flashlight shining on red beads
By Chris Russell
This 8-page form is offered as a template and should be individualized, based on the results of the CVI Range Assessment and additional student needs.  All highlighted areas should be replaced with your own information. This form includes the following...



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