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Story Time: Creating Meaningful Experience Stories With Your Students

Recorded webinar presentation on creating meaningful experience stories with your students
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Stories Online: Accessible Stories from India

The Accessible Reading Materials library offers free online stories in various formats, including large print and audio, along with braille files and tactile overlays that can be created. Available in English and several Indian languages.
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Project SALUTE: Successful Adaptations for Learning to Use Touch Effectively

Results from Project Salute, which was designed to be a resource on tactile learning strategies for working with children who are deafblind or blind with additional disabilities.
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Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children's Books

Tips and guidelines for designing tactile illustrations for young children who are blind or visually impaired.
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BANA Guidelines for the Transcription of Early Educational Materials from Print to Braille

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide directions for the transcription and formatting of early literacy materials (kindergarten through third grade), including materials to be discarded after use, for primary readers.
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Parties and Playdates

Parties and Playdates is a free downloadable guide with ideas to promote social inclusion for children who are blind or visually impaired.
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Messy and Muddy: A Guide to Outdoor Play for Children with Vision Impairment

RNIB shares a wonderful guide to outdoor play for children who are blind or visually impaired.
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The Oregon Project for Preschool Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

The Oregon Project for Preschool Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
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Humpty Dumpty and Other Touching Rhymes Now in UEB

Humpty Dumpty and Other Touching Rhymes is now available in UEB (Unified English Braille) for children ages preschool and up. This is a fun way to promote braille literacy with classic rhymes and tactile illustrations.
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Every Child Can! The ECC from a Preschool Perspective

Every Child Can! is a DVD or USB on the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (ECC) for preschool children
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Bess and Friends Braille Scratch and Sniff Books

These scratch and sniff books with uncontracted braille are designed to provide a multi-sensory experience for children who are blind or visually impaired.
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Picture Books Plus

Picture Books Plus is a Dutch publishing company that can adapt picture books to make them accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired with braille and tactile graphics.
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Multi-Sensory Approach to Literacy: Video Presentation

This series of video clips presents the importance of a multi-sensory approach to literacy for children who are blind or with multiple disabilities.
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Five Early Literacy Practices for Children with Low or No Vision

Five early literacy practices for young children who are blind or visually impaired
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Sadie Can Count

Sadie Can Count is a print and braille book for young readers, introducing counting, with embossed images.
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Getting Ready for Braille!

Getting Ready for Braille presents hands-on activities based on a developmental sequence for beginning braille readers.
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Braille Readiness Grid

Checklist of braille readiness skills, including tactile, fine motor, language, concept development, and book skills
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Important Tactile Skills for Literacy

This video provides a comprehensive overview of the progression of tactile skills that are prerequisites for an understanding of tactile graphics.
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Let's Play With The Six Dot Cell

Presentation of teaching pre-braille skills and a new model in France.
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Tactile Vision Graphics

Find tactile graphics for educational and personal use, including braille coloring books, braille biology tactile diagrams, and materials to promote braille literacy.