Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Baby feet with adult hands forming heart shape around them
Posted 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...



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...



Toy goldfish against black background
Posted 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...



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...



Child using braille notetaker with refreshable braille display
Posted 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
Posted 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...



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...



A young boy explores tactile illustrations.
Posted by Kate Borg
Once upon a time, there lived a spleeth. This spleeth was the lipliest spleeth in all the land. One morning, the spleeth decided that he needed to haynder to see if he could get some rukyas. Sadly, the plupet did not have any rukyas, so the spleeth knew that...



Flipgrid collage
Posted by Robbin Keating Clark
Have you heard of Flipgrid? Before I can tell you why it's so awesome, let me explain what it is. What is Flipgrid? From the website: Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in...



Project INSPIRE logo
Posted by Penny Rosenblum
“[I] basically did not know where to start with teaching this age group math. Now I have somewhere to start.” This teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVIs) is like many others when it comes to math instruction for our youngest students...



Braille books with QR codes
Posted by Samantha Richardson
I got a new student who is a 4-year-old pre-braille reader. He is homebound right now due to the pandemic and his parents asked for some activities that they can do with him.  They are non-English speaking, so I add QR codes to braille books so...



Blue butterfly on green leaf
Posted by Amy Flores
If you are a parent trying to help your child learn remotely, you might not be able to promise that your child will practice the pegboard daily, but you do know that you will be washing and drying laundry at some point this week—this post is for you....



Two pages of grocery photo book
Posted by Liz Eagan
As I teach my students cooking skills, we also learn how to write a grocery list for what we're cooking. But what if a student can't write the list? What if pictures are the media used to communicate, as well as read and write? I found this cool...



First slide of vision portfolio
Posted by Ann Bolin
My goal in working with students to create vision portfolios is to promote self-determination skills when talking to their classmates or teacher.  I want all of my students to be able to say more than just, "I wear glasses". I am sharing an...



Julie wearing mask
Posted by SarahSteele
and by Julie Lemman It can be difficult for learners with multiple disabilities or Deafblindness to understand various COVID-related concepts, such as the importance of wearing masks, staying home, and washing hands frequently.  We have put together two...



Sample lightbox slide with house and stick figure
Posted by Adam Wilton
The lightbox is a tool to provide access to literacy materials for students with multiple disabilities, including those with cortical or cerebral visual impairments (CVI).  In the past, the lightbox has typically been used to promote sensory efficiency,...



Cover of Adventure Lands
Posted by Jay Hiller
Sometimes all I want is for someone to tell me a story.  Tell me about how you traveled to India by yourself and it took a long time for you to understand that the customs officer wanted to let you into the country and would, if only you would bribe him...



Woman signing "music"
Posted by Julianne Lemman
and by Sarah Steele As a follow up to our last blog post Family Engagement During Remote Instruction of Students with Deafblindness and Multiple Disabilities, we wanted to share some strategies that we have found help to optimize online learning for...



washing hands under running water
Posted by Stacey Chambers
and by Angela Campbell Each year brings new team members such as new classroom teachers, related services staff, speech pathologists, and paraprofessionals. This year has brought a new, very important member to our collaborative team - our families and...



Red plate, fork, and cup on black background
Posted by Derya Uyar
This week summer vacation ended and schools have started with distance education in Turkey. We continue online classes with our students. I have 3 students this year. All of them are with MDVI (multiple disabilities and visual impairment).  This year I...



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