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Make your own braille Christmas decorations

A Braille Christmas Tree and Snowman Picture

Make your own braille Christmas decorations with tactile ornaments!
Calvin can use a cane.

Tactile Experience Book: Calvin Can...

Creating tactile experience books for beginning braille readers can help to promote inclusion and braille literacy!
a cardboard book with toy bowling pins and a bowling ball on the cover

Bowling Experience Book

Learn how to create a tactile experience book for children who are blind, deafblind, or who have multiple disabilities.
a tree with orange leaves blowing in the wind

The Leaf Man Sensory Story

Ideas for sensory stories for Fall (Autumn) for students with significant multiple disabilities
Page with mylar apple

Adapting Literacy Materials for Students with CVI and Multiple Disabilities

Tips on how to adapt a book for children with CVI (cortical visual impairment), using CVI characteristics from the CVI Range
Geometric shapes lined up

CVI in Practice: Teaching Visual-Spatial Skills Using Attribute Blocks

Hands-on activity is designed to help students with CVI to develop an understanding of spatial relations to assist with writing skills.
Child exploring fall hula hoop

Fall or Halloween Seasonal Active Learning Mobile

This Active Learning mobile is a great seasonal activity for fall or Halloween for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.
Polar bear page adapted with braille and tactile card

Adapting Polar Bear Book for Children with Visual Impairments

Tips to adapt books for children with visual impairments
An index card box to hold word cards

Memorization Fun: A Sentence-Building Activity

Activity to promote braille literacy through memorizing vocabulary and building sentences
Tactile jack-o-lantern

Candy Corn: Creating a tactile book for Halloween

This tactile book about Halloween was created by a parent.
Tactile image of pig

Adapting Three Little Pigs for a Learner Who Is Deafblind

Modification of the Three Little Pigs story for students who are deafblind include tactile symbols, braille, and print.
Adapted Judy cards

Adapting Materials Found Around School

Ideas to adapt materials for students who are blind or visually impaired
Picture of tri-fold board used as a word wall

“Can We Do Oreo Reading Now?” #3 Word Wall

Make the classroom word wall accessible to students who are blind or low vision!
Child wearing tactile vest

Make Your Own Tactile Vest

Tips to create your own tactile vest for students with significant multiple impairments
Playing lucky ladybug game

Family Game Time: Modified Ladybug Game

Adapted color matching game to play with children who are blind or deafblind using braille and other modifications.
Tactile American flag with braille

Tactile American Flag

The tactile American flag has the Pledge of Allegiance in braille and makes the stars and stripes accessible to people who are blind, low vision, or deafblind. This is great for the 4th of July (Independence Day), Flag Day or any day at school!
Gold sticker

Literacy Tips for Children with CVI: Searching for a Salient Feature

Literacy tips for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) to find salient feature on a page
Contractions collage

Contracted Braille Reading and Writing Activities

Lessons to provide braille students with practice with single-cell whole-word contractions
Boy riding on a train

All Aboard! Experience Book About Trains

Get ideas to make your own experience book for children who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, low vision or with multiple disabilities!
Braille baseball game

Braille Baseball for Dual Media Learners

Dual media learners can match print alphabet letters to dot numbers and braille letters in this baseball-themed game.

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