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Below are strategies posts related to Braille.

Title page of Learning JAWS by Rosa Mauer

Learning JAWS: Lessons and Review

These lessons focus on using keyboard shortcuts with JAWS, to review or enhance your current curriculum for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Book cover of Squint.  The word Squint appears behind a pair of glasses, and half of the word is blurry.  Small superhero stands on the letter Q.]

VI Book Club: Squint

Our book club for students who are blind or visually impaired read "Squint" by Shelley Brown. A 5th grade student with albinism shares his video review.
Braillewriter and What's Gnu game

Adapting What's Gnu for Beginning Braille Readers

What's Gnu? is an easy game to adapt for beginning braille readers, which can be fun to play at home with sighted siblings or in an inclusive classroom.
Two hands with push pins on Battleship grid

Adapting Battleship Game for Braille Users

Tips to adapt and modify the game of “Battleship” for children who are blind or visually impaired using braille and tactile symbols.
Cover of Christmas Word Search book with tactile Christmas tree

Christmas Word Find Book

Get in the holiday spirit by inviting braille students to look for words related to Christmas, Hannukah, or other special themes or events.
Procede pour écrire les Paroles, la Musique et le Plain-chant au moyen de points, a l’usage des aveugles et dispose pour eux, par L. Braille, Répétiteur à l'Institution Royale des Jeunes Aveugles. Paris. 1829.

Louis Braille Timeline Game

Every year on January 4th, students can play this game in honor of Louis Braille's birthday. It is a good way to review who Louis Braille is.
Braille Code Collection Boxes

Braille Code Collection Boxes

Motivate children to learn letters or contractions of the braille code by collecting things in boxes or containers.
Turkey tail feathers

Thanksgiving Feathers: A Creative Writing Assignment

This creative writing assignment was done by a 4th grader, who is deafblind. He's quite proud of it and we're happy to share it here!
 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 with individual 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.