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Dots for Families

Do you have a young child who is blind or visually impaired? If so, these tips on getting started with braille literacy can help! Advice for families

Ongoing Literacy for Families of Children with Visual Impairments

By Dr. Penny Rosenblum

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There are lessons to assist you in learning to read and write the braille code in addition to information to promote your child’s literacy development.  

Related ideas from Dr. Penny Rosenblum

Toddler exploring braille  book

It’s never too early for books. This toddler’s family makes reading a part of their daily routine.  (Book shown is from the On the Way to Literacy series from the American Printing House for the Blind.) For more information or to order, go to

See the Beginning Braille 6-Part Webinar Series from California School for the Blind, which was based on these lessons.

History of  Microsite

In the fall of 2003 the Visually Impaired Preschool at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind offered an 8-week literacy class for families of young children who are potential braille readers.  This course was the starting point for the development of this web site.  Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum and Mrs. Susan Greer wrote an article about the Dots for Families class.


This web site was originally designed  by L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D., University of Arizona, and Linda Reed, M.Ed., Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Parent Outreach Program for the Visually Impaired for family members, teachers of children with visual impairments, and others interested in promoting literacy opportunities for young children with visual impairments. This was originally a project of the Parent Outreach Program for the Visually Impaired of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), a participating agency in IDEA, Part C, through the Arizona Department of Economic Security / Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP).

The Dots for Families microsite was moved from the University of Arizona to Paths to Literacy in July 2013.

Student wrtiing on an adapted handwriting paper with four lines and highlighted
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Student making orange juice with a teacher using a juicing machine.
Activity and strategy

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