Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Blog Posts

Below are recently created blog posts.

Shared reading of braille texts
By Megan Mogan
By Megan Mogan, Speech-Language Pathologist What is "Adapted Adapted Literacy"? Over the years, you may have noticed a shift in the population of students you serve as TVIs, Speech Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, etc. ...

Image of VO Starter app
By Marsha Bork
  By Marsha Bork, TVI VO Starter This is a free download and is a great starter for people that get an iPad or iPhone for the holidays! Description of App VO Starter is the first app to offer blind and visually impaired iOS users training on the...

Symbols for holiday songs
By Katie Armstrong
By Katie Armstrong, Preschool Teacher at the Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, Arizona (This blog post is a follow-up to Story Box Ideas for Holiday Stories) I teach in a preschool classroom for students with visual impairments, and love every second...

Holiday storybox
By Jbrown
by Jaime Brown and Katie Armstrong, Preschool Teachers at the Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, Arizona.  (Editor's note:  Jaime and Katie both teach children who are blind or visually impaired and Jaime's class includes children with...

An adult helps to hold a young child's hands in place to touch the braille
By Laurie Hudson
Laurie Hudson, the 2012 Braille Institute Braille Challenge Teacher of the Year, shares strategies for teaching braille to our youngest readers.  She believes that young children benefit from an approach to braille that is developmental, meaningful and...

iPad mounted on a slant board
By fayegonzalez
By Faye Gonzalez, TVI & COMS The iPad is an awesome tool for children with disabilities, including those with visual impairments as well as other multiple disabilities (MD/VI).  Now you have an iPad – but how do you and your kiddos get...

Image of portable calendar system
By Charlotte Cushman
What is a Calendar Box or Anticipation Calendar? Calendar boxes provide a way to help children who are deafblind or blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities to anticipate what will happen in their day.  Using real objects from the...

Student explores items in food pyramid.
By Charlotte Cushman
October is Health Literacy Month and, according to their website, it is "a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information."  For many of the students we teach, it can be difficult to make...

By Charlotte Cushman
Children who are blind or visually impaired need to have access to books, just as other children do.  Because they may not be able to see the illustrations and print, however, books will need to be adapted or modified in order for the experience to be...

Boy using iPad with his teacher
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...