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The articles on this page were originally published on the BrailleSC website and were moved here when the funding for that project was discontinued.

By Tina Herzberg

History

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 BrailleSC.org 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. 

Articles

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

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Activities for Learning at Home and in the Community
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
 
 

 

 

Braille and Dyslexia
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.  
 
Christmas Tactile Experience Book
This example of a tactile experience book uses items associated with Christmas as a literacy experience for a girl with CVI and additional disabilities.
 
Easy Ideas to Promote Independence in Daily Living
Simple ideas to help people who are blind or visually impaired to be more independent around the house
 
Games are Fun AND They Help Children Learn!
Ideas on playing games with children who are blind or visually impaired:  suggested games, how to make them, adapt them, or buy them
 
How to Braille Playing Cards
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.
 
Listening Skills
Tips to promote listening skills with students who are blind or visually impaired
 
 
 
 
 
Make Your Own Braille Word Search Puzzles!
Learn how to make your own braille word search puzzle!
 
Presenting Yourself Positively
Tips for people with visual impairments to present themselves positively with dressing, grooming, and social interactions
 
A girl examines a pop-up alligator book.
 
 
Reading Aloud to Children with Visual Impairment
Guidelines for parents, families, and teachers on reading aloud to children who are blind or visually impaired
 
 
 
 
Should My Child Read Print or Braille or Both or ?
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?
 
Teaching Basic Concepts and Pre-Braille Skills
Ideas to promote the development of basic concepts and prebraille skills in young children who are blind or visually impaired
 
Teaching Handwriting to a Braille Reader
Find out how to teach cursive handwriting and signatures to a braille reader or person who is blind or visually impaired.
 
Why Should I Care About Learning Braille?
The author explains the value of braille literacy in the digital age.
 
5 Ways to Make Email More Accessible
Tips to make email more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired
 
 

Acknowledgement

The 2009-2014 BrailleSC.org 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. 

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Apps and technology

Word Bubbling Tool for Teaching Students with CVI

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Tips and guides

Five Ways to Build Parent-Teacher Partnerships

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Lessons and materials

YouTube Learning Videos for Students with Visual Impairments