Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

BrailleSC Articles

By Tina Herzberg


The Possibilities are Endless: Providing Braille Throughout South Carolina was a project that provided information and resources to teachers of children with visual impairments, family members, and others interested in promoting braille literacy and strategies for infusing braille into everyday life. The project team launched the web site in 2010. When project funding ended, we were pleased that Paths to Literacy gave our most popular articles a new home. We hope the information in them is valuable to you. 


We invite you to follow the links to read the full articles.

A mother kneels next to her young son playing the drums

Ideas of activities for families to try at home or in the community with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities



People often wonder if it is possible for braille readers to have dyslexia.  This article explores some of what dyslexia is and what to look for in braille readers.  
This example of a tactile experience book uses items associated with Christmas as a literacy experience for a girl with CVI and additional disabilities.
Simple ideas to help people who are blind or visually impaired to be more independent around the house
Ideas on playing games with children who are blind or visually impaired:  suggested games, how to make them, adapt them, or buy them
Guidelines on how to braille playing cards for players who are blind or have low vision
A young girl uses a Braille Port Plus from APH.
Tips to promote listening skills with students who are blind or visually impaired
Learn how to make your own braille word search puzzle!
Tips for people with visual impairments to present themselves positively with dressing, grooming, and social interactions
A girl examines a pop-up alligator book.
Guidelines for parents, families, and teachers on reading aloud to children who are blind or visually impaired
How are a Functional Vision Assessment (FVA) and a Learning Media Assessment (LMA) used to determine whether a child will read print or braille or both?
Ideas to promote the development of basic concepts and prebraille skills in young children who are blind or visually impaired
Find out how to teach cursive handwriting and signatures to a braille reader or person who is blind or visually impaired.
The author explains the value of braille literacy in the digital age.
Tips to make email more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired


The 2009-2014 website was part of a larger project funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (H235E090010). Support was also provided by the University of South Carolina Upstate and The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. 

BrailleSC collage