All of us at Paths to Literacy welcome you back to a new school year! We hope that you had a relaxing summer and that you are rejuvenated and ready for a new year. We look forward to sharing ideas and resources with you, and we hope that you will be active members of our virtual community of practice. There are lots of ways you can become involved with Paths to Literacy, including:
- sharing strategies for continuing education credit
- submitting resources, research or technology ideas
- voting for your favorite posts
- participating in forums where you can ask questions or post responses
- following us through social media
- being sure that you and others are registered for the site. This is free and will automatically sign you up for email notification of new blog posts.
- helping to get the word out!
We hope that you will share these resources with others and help us to spread the word!
Dots for Families
The Dots for Families site has moved from the University of Arizona to Paths to Literacy. Originally developed by Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum of the U of A and Linda Reed of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, the site was designed for family members, teachers of children with visual impairments, and others interested in promoting literacy opportunities for young children with visual impairments. This microsite includes the following sections:
- Braille Writing
- Braille Lessons
- Fun & Games with Your Child and Sighted Siblings and Peers
- Stories of Braille Users
- Who's Who in Braille
The Braille Lessons are especially popular and were developed by Dr. Rosenblum to help family members and others learn some of the literary braille code. There are 15 lessons that you can complete to learn the basics of the braille code. Paths to Literacy is proud to provide a new home for this microsite!
Paths Bloggers Offering Webcast and Workshop
Two bloggers from Paths to Literacy will be offering in-depth information this fall on literacy for students who are blind or visually with additional disabilities.
Megan Mogan a Speech-Language Pathologist at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind will offer a 5-week online mini-course called Augmentative Communication Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities. It will begin on November 4th, 2013 and can be taken for 2 graduate credits (through Fitchburg State) or 25 credit hours. Registration information will be available soon!
Faye Gonzalez will present a webinar on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 called Effective Access to Communication and Literacy for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities. The webinar is free of charge, and will be archived on the Perkins website for those who will not be able to participate live from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT). This webinar will look at positioning and other best practices to increase access to technology for students with multiple disabilities during classroom activities. It is designed to help special education teachers, paraprofessionals, families, TVI’s and related service personnel tolLearn how to more effectively use and modify assistive technology tools.
Stay Connected through Social Media!
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Getting in Touch with Literacy
Join us for Getting in Touch with Literacy from Dec. 4-7, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island. The biennial GITWL conference draws a national and international audience, setting the standard for best practices, educational research and teaching strategies that promote literacy for individuals with visual impairments. The Early Bird registration rate is $155 for the full conference and is available through September 30, 2013. Paths to Literacy is proud to be an official sponsor of the conference, and we look forward to meeting you there!