Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille

Worksheet with push pins
Posted by Liamsmom
Leer en español. To reinforce and practice a new skill, teachers often use worksheets with their students.  It is important for students to have opportunities to strengthen skills with repetition.   I want to share 4 different ways...



A girl stirs ingredients in a bowl.
Posted by Liz Eagan
Cooking is a great way to incorporate all areas of the curriculum in a motivating, practical activity or series of activities.  Literacy (recipes in large print, braille, or audio), math (showing the real-world application of counting, adding and...



A young woman poses for the camera.
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
I have been visually impaired all my life. I was born with congenital cataracts and I had to get them removed at 6 to 9 months old. Then at age 9 I was diagnosed with glaucoma in both of my eyes.  I graduated with honors from the Florida School for the...



Dot watch
Posted by Liamsmom
I am the mother of a busy, independent and determined 9-year-old boy named Liam.  He will be going into 4th grade this year.  Recently I ordered the new Dot Watch for Liam and I am in love!  I have always believed in getting technology into the...



Jasmyn using a braillewriter
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
I have glaucoma and currently have low vision, although I expect that, at some point in my life, I will have to use braille. When I was a young child, I thought that braille didn’t apply to me and it seemed too hard to learn, but that all changed when...



Paige with some of her students
Posted by paige.morra
Paige Morra wanted to be an engineer. She thought her career goals were all set until she interned and completed her practicum for Dr. Edward Bell, a professor who directs the Louisiana Tech Graduate Programs for the Professional Development and Research...



A boy reads a braille book while wearing a Burger King crown
Posted by Liamsmom
I am the mother of two busy boys.  Liam, 8 years old, is deafblind.   Finn, 5 years old, has typical vision and hearing.   I am always very excited when summer finally arrives and I get to spend a lot of quality time with them outdoors. I...



Kaleigh and Penny at the closing ceremony
Posted by Penny Rosenblum
As I stood chatting with Layla Hildenbrand, an 8-year-old Apprentice contestant from North Carolina wearing a beautiful pink dress, I heard two Freshman competitors harmonizing, a family talking about how impressive the University of Southern California was,...



The author standing outside
Posted by Elin Williams
My name is Elin, I am a UK-based blogger who is currently studying a BA honours degree in Arts & Humanities with The Open University.  I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when I was six years old and I was...



Star student poster
Posted by Liamsmom
My son Liam is a third-grader in a mainstream classroom. Liam is deafblind and a braille reader. His class does something called "Star Student". This is where one child is highlighted for the week; the student gets to write on a special poster that...



Reading the yoga routine cards in print
Posted by maloneyk
This is the second part of a 3-part series on Yoga and Literacy.  See also Using Yoga to Support Language and Literacy Development and Addressing Narrative Language Goals in Yoga Activities. A long, long, time ago, I was originally...



Chris reading braille as an adult
Posted by Christopher Sabine
My name is Christopher Sabine, and I am an adult with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia who operates a small consulting firm serving families of children with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Nationally and worldwide. I have worked as a service coordinator at a child welfare...



Braille garden labels
Posted by Liamsmom
I have always wanted to make my son an accessible garden that my son could learn to take care of independently.  I was hoping a garden could be something he could learn to enjoy and learn from.     Earlier this year I applied for the...



Sea turtle screenreader example
Posted by Sharon@TSBVI
These lessons are aimed at students who are blind or visually impaired who have never used the Internet with screen reading software. I prefer to start with simple, short assignments and websites. My mantra is “build on success”. So let’s...



Screenshot of Bring Your Mom to Braille Day video
Posted by Liz Eagan
Pictures and videos are an amazing way to share progress, as well as activities, behavioral concerns, strategies and more with parents and teachers. I have found that pictures and videos help parents know what we are doing with their child. ...



Adult using Perkins brailler
Posted by Penny Rosenblum
The title for this post comes from an experience I had recently.  As many of us do, I posted about that experience on Facebook.  My language was casual as this posting was intended for my “friends” (Okay, many of my friends are also in...



Liam drawing at the table
Posted by Liamsmom
I have two boys, Liam (age 8, deafblind, braille reader) and Finn (age 5, typical vision and hearing). I remember when someone first suggested that I expose Liam to scribbling and art, I thought they were crazy!  It made no sense to me at the time that a...



Detailed view of the cell bulletin board
Posted by JFBamber
When my braille room followed my 5th grade student to a new area of the building, she quickly noted that there was a bulletin board hanging in our new classroom. As we chatted, she shared that she had never had bulletin boards that she could "see"...



A student lies on the floor and writes on the underside of a desk above her.
Posted by Anna C. Gayle
In 2011, I was a poster presenter at the Getting in Touch with Literacy conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. I presented on creating tactile memory for understanding.  My information came from a lesson I had used in class for reading comprehension of...



AA boy measures salt.
Posted by Liamsmom
My son Liam (age 8, deafblind, braille reader) has always loved to help me in the kitchen. When he was younger I started out with small things, like putting dishes away from the dishwasher that were at his level or I would let him put his fish sticks in the...



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