Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Coping with School Closures During COVID-19

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 visual impairments. Fortunately, teachers, Orientation and Mobility specialists, parents, and others are rising to the occasion to share ideas and resources to help us all get through this!

Online Teaching:  How to Provide Virtual Services

As instruction goes online, one of the first challenges is to be sure that what you're providing is accessible.

From start to finish, Dr. Ting Siu demonstrates the process of setting up an in-class, small groups activity in the synchronous Zoom classroom. Her demo uses the following tools: iLearn (Moodle), Google Drive, Google Slides, and Zoom. The following timestamps are provided as a table of contents for the tutorial:

0:40 Setting up iLearn for in-class group work
1:45 How to set up GDrive with a shared class folder and re-usable templates
2:32 How to share files in the Zoom chat box
3:08 How to share a link to a GSlide for collaborative editing during the group activity
4:32 Tips for introducing an in-class activity in when teaching on Zoom
6:24 Why I use GSlides for small group work
7:50 How to integrate GDrive and a Google file into the iLearn (Moodle) learning management system (LMS)
8:06 How to create breakout rooms in Zoom for small group activities

Activity Ideas for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Teachers and Orientation & Mobility instructors across the country have stepped up to share ideas.  A number of these are Google Docs, which will continue to be updated.  Please add your ideas to these lists, so that others may benefit from the wealth of community experience.

COVID 19 Daily Teacher Schedule from TxDHH Live Binder


Free Tools Available During School Closure

There are many more items available than we can list here, but we wanted to highlight two that will be of particular interest to teachers and families of students with visual impairments.


Online Resources for Educators (General)

There are many, many other online resources for educators.  Here are a few of our favorites.


Policies and Guidelines


Information about Coronavirus and COVID-19

Coronavirus information for kids

Staying Connected

We are adding new ideas and resources all the time here at Paths to Literacy.  We don't want to overwhelm you with too many newsletters, so please check the site often to see what's new.  We will also be sharing LOTS of ideas on our social media platforms of activities to try at home, so please follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with it all.

Stay safe and be well!  The most important thing is to take care of yourselves and your families during all of this.

Please contact us if you know of other resources that should be included on this list.

Collage of coping with school closures

Posted on March 15, 2020
Updated on: May 20, 2020