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Individualized Adapted Calendars

Ideas for setting up individual calendars for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities

Tangible calendars are a way to let students know what will happen next.  Calendars should be designed for each individual student, using materials and symbols that are accessible and meaningful to them.  Calendars can be done on a daily level (schedule), weekly level, or monthly level.  Learn more about Individualized Adapted Calendars.

  1. Identify routines and regularly occuring events in the student’s life.
  2. Represent each event or day of the week with a particular symbol that is meaningful to the child.  This can be a real object, a tangible symbol, or photo or a picture symbol. 
  3. Represent changes to the daily routine (e.g. special events, holiday, doctor’s appointment, etc.)
  4. Determine if the child understands time concepts, such as before/after, yesterday/today/tomorrow, etc.)

Mayer-Johnson pictures and tangible symbols represent the days of the weekCalendar with Mayer-Johnson pictures shows last week, this week, next week

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Creating Tactile Graphics & Other Adapted Materials Using the Cricut

The days of the week in a binder with velcroed cards and object symbols.

The Weekly Review

Clifford's Bedtime Book with a container labeled "Clifford's Bedtime" and a small blanket square under it. Objects include a small doll, bear, and bowl.

Book Box: Clifford’s Bedtime