Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

How To Use This Site

Welcome to Paths to Literacy!  We're so glad you're here.  There is LOTS to explore on this site and we know that it can be an overwhelming amount of information.  Here are some tips and FAQs to help you get started.


sign-up formSigning up for the Newsletter

We invite you to sign up for our free newsletter that goes out several times each month.  We try to offer a range of content, including ideas for early childhood, braille readers, students with CVI, and more.  We also share news and upcoming events in the field.  Sign up now!

Why should I register on the site?

You are required to register on the site if you would like to post an idea to share, such as a strategy or blog.  Otherwise, there is no need to register and the content is freely available to anyone who visits the site.

How can I share an idea?

We welcome your ideas!  Whether you are a family member, a new TVI or a veteran teacher, we know you have something that others would love to hear about.  This might be a lesson you have tried that was especially successful, a game or activity you tried at home, or a way that you have incorporated literacy into an O & M lesson. We offer two Professional Development Activity Credits (which are not ACVREP-approved) for each original idea that is submitted.

The best way to share an idea is to email us.  We can help you to formulate your idea and offer suggestions to make your idea accessible to as large an audience as possible.  We need to have at least one copyright-free image for every post, and if a child is shown, we need to have a permission form signed by the parents or guardian.

What's the best way to find something on the website?

You can search or browse the site.  If you search, you can type anything into the search bar at the top right corner of the page.

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Browsing the site 

The site is divided into 12 content areas:List of content areas on this site


Secondary Topics

There are also many secondary topics!  We invite you to explore this list.

This is a BIG category!  While there are 18 topics listed in the drop down menu, each of those has a whole set of sub-topics underneath.  Not all of these has an equal number of sub-topics, amount of information or selection of posts, but we selected these tags in the hope that they will make it easier for you to find the content you’re looking for.  We recognize that there are many ways to organize and categorize information, and things don’t always fit neatly into place.  We hope this full list of tags will help!


Landing Pages

Each of these has a landing page, where you will find the following: (Please note that we are still in the process of updating this, so not all categories are fully fleshed out.)
  • Getting Started
  • Where to Go Next                                                     
  • Latest Posts
Because it can be overwhelming to search in a topic, such as CVI, we have organized the information, so you can begin with an overview to develop a foundational understanding of the main issues.  We then choose a small number of examples to help you move forward, and you can then browse all of the latest posts that have been tagged with that topic.
CVI Landing Page
 Landing page for story boxes

Literacy Tip Sheets

We invite you to download our tip sheets on various aspects of literacy.  Our current tip sheets include:

  • Top 10 Tips for Working with Students Who Have Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments

  • 5 Tips for Writing Effective Functional Vision Assessments or Learning Media Assessment

  • 10 Tips to Introduce Reading to a Young Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

  • 10 Things a Teacher Can Do to Improve Instruction for ELL Students

  • 10 Tips to Prepare Your Child to Learn to Read Braille

  • 6 Tips for Teaching Number Concepts and Math to Children with Visual Impairments

  • 5 Tips to Make Books Accessible and Meaningful

  • 7 Tips for Technology Needs of Academic Braille User


Do you have any microsites on Paths to Literacy?

We have a number of microsites on Paths to Literacy, each of which is a mini website contained within a larger website.  Some of these were created specifically for Paths to Literacy, some were special grant-funded projects, and others were content that existed elsewhere, but which needed to find a new home when funding or other circumstances changed.  We invite you to explore each of these!

Training for Gen Ed

Playing with Words






Dots for Families



May I reprint materials from this website?

Please see our guidelines on using materials from this site.


Are you on social media?

We are on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We hope you’ll follow us!

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What should I do if I find a mistake or a broken link on the site?

Please let us know if you find a mistake or a broken link!  We always want to be told if there is something that should be updated or corrected.