Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


alphabet chart
Posted by Megan Mogan
Looking back on my own early reading and writing experiences, I have a very clear memory of my first-grade classroom’s beautiful alphabet chart hanging over the windows of our classroom. I even remember the long wooden pointer the teacher used to...

Student reaches for materials
Posted by fayegonzalez
Those of you who know me understand how passionate I am about children with Multiple AND Visual Disabilities.  Here are my personal “Top 10 Tips” to guide in helping these special children grow and develop new skills for independence....

Woman with young child
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
One of the first and most important things to remember when introducing books and literacy experiences to a young child with a visual impairment is that the child is a child first.  While there are certain tips and techniques that will make reading...

early learning apps collage
Posted by Linda Mamer
Many apps (applications) are available to promote early learning for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This is a partial list (part one of two) to help you...

iPad with CVI / Multiple Disabilities Collage
Posted by Tara Mason
For students who have Cerebral / Cortical Visual Impairment and/or multiple impairments we need to be thinking about visual characteristics of CVI, positioning, and learning environments, in addition to planning ways to incorporate the iPad into a...

Adaptation of Brown Bear for children with CVI
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
A group of teachers in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind presented an hour-long webinar on various aspects of literacy for children with deafblindness: Literacy Adaptations for Students Who Are Deafblind with Christa...

Tactile communication board
Posted by fayegonzalez
  In an earlier blog post, I discussed guidelines for Using a Picture Symbol System for Communication and Literacy.  In addition to the factors discussed in that post, another crucial consideration in designing a communication system for students...

Story box toy bar
Posted by Jbrown
Toy bars are a wonderful tool when teaching pre-literacy skills.  Object awareness and knowledge can be introduced and reinforced through toy bars. Students learn about the characteristics of items through all of their learning channels. They have...

Black and white next to color complex page
Posted by Laurie Hudson
  My three-year-old student with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) has difficulty finding items unless they have solid, contrasting backgrounds.   I have been using the CVI Complexity Sequences Kit with him, written by Christine Roman and...

Girl with glasses uses iPad
Posted by fayegonzalez
The iPad can be a great tool to help kids with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).  Specific apps can be used to encourage visual attention and visual motor skills, whereas other apps can be used to help develop visual motor integration and fine motor...

Boy using iPad with his teacher
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Are you wondering how iPads can be used with your students? Whether you are working with young children, learners with multiple disabilities, or braille students, there are resources about apps and accessibility features that can help on the Path to Literacy...