Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Pantry shelf
Posted by Sara Zachariah
Hello, Friend!  How much do you know about your kitchen? Here are some activities for you to do with your family to help you learn more about this important room in your house. After taking time to explore your kitchen, you will be ready to make some...



Getting Ready to Race
Posted by KY Deafblind Project
We hope that you are planning to participate in the Kentucky Derby Dash Virtual 5K!  In case you haven't heard about it yet, this idea is sponsored by the Kentucky DeafBlind Project and is a fun way to get your whole family moving.  You can...



Anatomy of the human body
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
Developing Awareness of My Body I remember when I was a little girl, my grandma introduced me to the human body. I had to memorize all the bones of the body by putting the name cards of the bones on the correct body part. I also had to name the organs,...



Eid al-Fitr
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Eid-al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.  The holiday is often called by the abbreviated name of "Eid" or "Id" (pronounced "eed") and is celebrated when Ramadan ends....



Yellow and red plastic eggs, and dried beans and rice
Posted by Sarah Flores
During social distancing, Zoom meetings can be a lifeline for students. They can also be very visually and auditorily complex.  Here is a list of basic, broad recommendations I shared with teachers who are holding group Zoom meetings with students with...



Object symbols
Posted by Amy Flores
Students who are visually impaired and blind may be visual, auditory or tactile learners. For many students, despite their visual impairment or legal blindness, print or large print is their primary learning media.  However, some students use braille or...



Students stirring vegetables on the stovetop.
Posted by Patty Leonard
Leap into Life (LIL)  is a transition program developed and implemented by Teachers of the Visually Impaired for The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind in the state of Connecticut. The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, BESB...



Cardboard loom with yarn
Posted by Gretchen Bettes
You can reuse your cardboard loom as many times as you’d like but eventually it will start to break down.  To make your own cardboard loom, use cardboard from a box instead of throwing it away and make it any size you want. ...



Gross sandwich: bread with socks
Posted by Jay Hiller
Hey, was working and teaching from home in your plan a month ago?   It wasn’t in mine either.  But here I sit, writing home based activities for my students in my adult daughter’s former bedroom, accompanied by two young dogs that...



Boy pointing at Pete the Cat
Posted by Penny Rosenblum
Like all of you, my inbox and social media feeds have been flooded with stories about COVID-19. In both my professional and personal life, I’ve seen the ripple effect of a tiny protein on the lives of children with visual impairments, their families,...



Weaving kit with looms and yarn
Posted by Gretchen Bettes
You will need: Cardboard loom – this is what you will use to make your weaving. It already has the warp yarn on it.   Popsicle stick for a shed stick – you will attach your yarn to the end of this with tape and then use...



A young girl cuts with scissors
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
See the original article in English: Stay-at-Home Activities for Children with Visual Impairments. Durante en transcurso de la pandemia de COVID-19/coronavirus, es importante proveer a nuestros niños con actividades divertidas para mantenerlos...



Red pom-pom in a plastic bottle
Posted by Christine Roman-Lantzy
All images shared by Diane Sheline While you are home… I am writing this blog post during a time in which we are all self quarantined. It’s a strange and unsettling time. If you are spending more time indoors than you expected, and you are a...



A young girl cuts with scissors
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Leer en español. During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it's important to have fun activities to keep children engaged.  Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement...



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...



"Sorry We're Closed" sign
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
This is a frightening time for people throughout the world as the COVID-19 turns our routine lives inside out.  There is uncertainty for ourselves and our loved ones, and we are caught without having had time to get services in place for children with...



Screenshot of choosing color and font size
Posted by Jgreenleaftvi
With the flu and coronavirus going around, more questions have been asked about how to provide services for students using remote services. I have worked with students using Zoom video conferencing. This website and app allows you to meet with students...



A boy reading text on a slant board
Posted by Judy Endicott
“When you’ve met one child with CVI, you’ve met one child with CVI.”  -- Gordon Dutton While the specifics mentioned below were developed to meet the needs of my grandson in conjunction with his CVI Range assessment (Roman...



Shirt from cover of "Summer Is Here"
Posted by Louise France
also by Trịnh Thu Thanh and Hang Nguyen We love braille and we want to have a library in Hanoi, Vietnam to lend tactile books to children with visual impairment. We hope our books will inspire a love of books and motivate children to want to learn...



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