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Below are strategies posts related to Braille.

 braillewriter, braille eraser, and a braille notetaker paired with a computer.  The braille display reads “I like to bake”.”

Braille Writing: Pairing a Refreshable Braille Display with a Perkins Braillewriter

This lesson on braille writing shows how to pair a refreshable braille display with a Perkins Braillewriter to motivate students with visual impairments.
Tactile dots

Braille "Twister"

Braille "Twister" is a fun way to practice braille literacy skills while incorporating movement with students who are blind or visually impaired. This can be played in an inclusive setting with sighted peers at recess or individually to practice dot configurations.
Braille wreath

Braille Designs of Holiday Wreaths

These braille drawings are a fun way to celebrate the holiday season for Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or other occasions!
Cover of Fall Pumpkin book

Experience Book about Fall Pumpkin Craft Activity

This tactile fall pumpkin book uses real objects, braille and large print to discuss the experience of making a fall pumpkin book with students who are blind or visually impaired.

Story with All UEB Braille Contractions

This short passage uses all UEB (Unified English Braille) contractions and is a fun way to provide practice for braille readers.
Circle page of book

Enlisting the Help of Older Students to Make Books for Prebraille Readers

Older students can practice their braille literacy skills while also enjoying the feeling of helping others when making books for pre-braille readers.
An adult using a braillewriter

Activity Ideas for Adults With Progressive Vision Loss Who Are Learning Braille

Activity ideas from a teacher who runs a group for adults who have deteriorating vision and want to learn braille
Braille bilingual flash cards

Bilingual Braille Flash Cards

These bilingual braille flash cards enabled a parent who does not speak English to review the braille code with her 5-year-old daughter who is blind.
Cover of key book

Creating a Book that Motivates Children with Additional Disabilities: Keys

Creating a book that motivates children who are blind with additional disabilities includes using real objects that a child is interested in such as those that make sounds or have interesting textures
Independence Day craft

Independence Day Craft Activity

This Independence Day craft activity for the 4th of July for students who are blind or visually impaired teaches students about eagles, while practicing fine more skills and creating tactile graphics.
Tactile mosaic flag

Tactile Mosaic Flags for the 4th of July

Tactile mosaic flags are a fun crafts project for the 4th of July for kids who are blind or visually impaired. Students can work on skills such as literacy, counting, matching, sorting, and patterns.
Braille design of flying bird

Braille Design of a Bird

This braille drawing is a fun way to practice tactile discrimination skills, while promoting braille literacy.

Honoring the Summer Solstice: 10 Activity Ideas for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Fun hands-on learning activities for the summer solstice for children who are blind or visually impaired
3D shapes with braille labels

Developing Tactile Skills in Children with Vision Impairment

Tips on developing tactile skills in children who are blind or visually impaired using tactile graphs, tactile drawings, 3D shapes, and braille labels
Accessible chess board with pieces

Making Chess Accessible To My Son Who Is Deafblind

My son, who is deafblind, is learning to play the game of chess using an accessible board. It's a fun way to practice braille literacy skills for kids who are blind or visually impaired.
Fingers in position to make dot configurations

FT2S2B: Finger Positions for Beginning Braille Users

Tips to encourage proper finger positions to create braille dot formations, first on the table, then with a swing cell, and finally on a braillewriter.
Title page for Grilled Chicken Braille Game

Grilled Chicken Braille Game

This game is designed to give students with low vision who are learning braille practice with the braille contractions: upon, word, these, those, whose, cannot, had, many, spirit, world and their.
Collage of UEB Science signs for braille learners

Teaching UEB Science Signs to Braille Learners

Tips for teaching UEB Science signs to braille learners, including preparing technical materials for science lessons and helping learners understand.
Computer braille design

Braille Design of Computer

This Computer Braille Design is a fun project for braille users.
Tactile cane on page of book

Creating a Book for a Braille Reader with CVI: Max and His Cane

This simple braille book tells the story about an 8-year-old boy who loses his cane. The colored illustrations are appealing for children with CVI.