Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille

A young girl uses a Perkins braillewriter
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Professor Cheryl Kamei-Hannan and a team from CalState LA have created Braille Brain, which is a training program funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Agency. The overall goal of the project is to promote literacy and STEM...



3D-printed braille pladoh stampers
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Use a 3D printer to create your own braille playdoh hand-held stampers. Amanda Crayton created files that are free to download the from Thingiverse to make each letter of the English alphabet a-z in braille. The top of each stamper has the raised dots of...



Boy's hands on textured symbols on Velcro board
Posted by Ann Adkins
Background I first met Aidan in 2014 during an onsite visit to Frenship ISD from the Outreach Program of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). His Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Sherry Airhart, had requested a...



A girl writing on a Perkins braillewriter
Posted by Laurie Hudson
Laurie Hudson (Consultant, Perkins International)  Deborah Gleason (Co-author, and Director Asia & Pacific Region, Perkins International) This is the second of two parts.  You can find Part 1 here. We at Perkins International (PI) are...



PenFriend set up with braille cards and tactile symbols
Posted by Julianne Lemman
What is PenFriend? The PenFriend is a voice labeling system that uses a simple device to create recordings associated with sticker labels. The user taps a sticker with the PenFriend, makes a voice recording, then the PenFriend saves the voice recording...



Braillewriter with green vertical separators
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Many young children and beginning braille users struggle to keep their fingers on the correct keys when using a braillewriter.  While we always want to encourage them to keep their fingers in the correct place, sometimes it's helpful to create ways...



Perkins brailler with parts labelled
Posted 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....



A young boy putting clothes into the washing machine
Posted 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 (...



Google Classroom banner
Posted 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...



ECC braille subscription boxes
Posted 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
Posted 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...



Cover of Martin and Anne
Posted 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...



January is #BrailleLiteracy month!  In SimBraille: celebrate braille literacy
Posted 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...



Two boys hanging ornaments on Christmas tree
Posted by Liamsmom
I am a mother of two sweet boys.  My oldest, Liam, is 6 years old.  He is deafblind.  My youngest, Finn, is 3 years old.  He has typical vision and hearing.  I really look forward to the Christmas season.  I enjoy finding...



Scrabble tiles spelling out "support"
Posted by Penny Rosenblum
The Idea:  We know that there are students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also know there are family members who are visually impaired...



A boy holds up his Magic Nuudle design.
Posted by Liamsmom
I am the mother of two boys:  Liam, who is in 5th grade and is deafblind, and  Finn, who is in 2nd grade and has typical vision and hearing.  With our schools closed for this coming week (possibly longer) I came up with a schedule (in print and...



Smiling broadly, student uses both hands to look at a braille book.
Posted by Scott Baltisberger
Some time ago, a TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) shared information about one of her students. This child was eight years old, identified as visually impaired with no additional handicapping conditions and enrolled in a general education 2nd grade...



Dots and Dottie hold up the letter "a"
Posted by Kristie Smith
I created this book to teach braille to children who are sighted using the characters Dots and Dottie.  The book is illustrated by Bill Morgan and the poem is by my mother, Janelle Smith. Hello! My name is Dottie and this is my friend,...



Searching for object in bin of green rice
Posted by Regina Quaid
and Misty Epperson All children love to play hidden object games. Here is an activity that I found on Pinterest that students with vision impairments can participate in with a few minor accommodations. I Spy Tubes First make the “I Spy Christmas...



Green holiday card with braille Christmas tree and tactile stickers
Posted by Anna Ackley
There are currently 3 students in my district using braille as a primary or secondary media and I wanted to get them together to braille, celebrate their skills, and spread awareness about how amazing braille is, so I hosted a Braille Holiday Party! The goal...



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