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Need Suggestions for Beginning Braille Books

Hello,
I would like some information on where I can get beginning Braille books with vocabulary words, and practice reading exercises. My student who was a sighted child but who is now blind - age 11 - is beginning to learn Braille and knows the Braille alphabet quite well, but we need to go to the next level of putting words together and reading Braille books - and textbooks. Could you give me some insight as to these books - where to order, what to order, etc. I have never taught Braille, but have learned basic Braille in my VI courses in Virginia. I am now a Vision Teacher responsible for this young man. Any help you can give me would be helpful.

Thank You,
Donna Marchand
TVI

Comments

Braille Beginner

Posted by Tyneesha Petter

Hello!
I would like to learn braille but don't know where to get any braille books. Can anyone tell me a website where I can BUY the braille books? I want to own the actually copy if possible!

Thanks
Tyneesha

Teaching myself Braille

Posted by Erin

Hello,
I am interested in teaching myself Braille.
are there any good beginner books I can purchase online in which I can familiarise myself with the alphabet and learn how to read sentences etc?

Previous comments for Need Suggestions for Beginning Braille Books

Charlotte Cushman commented on June 7, 2017

Hi Erin,

There are a number of different resources for teaching yourself braille.  It is important to know if you are a sighted or tactile reader, as the approach will be different.  It also depends if you are Here are some popular resources for learning braille:

Good luck!

 

Erin commented on June 5, 2017

Hello,
I am interested in teaching myself Braille.
are there any good beginner books I can purchase online in which I can familiarise myself with the alphabet and learn how to read sentences etc?

Charlotte Cushman commented on February 16, 2017

Braille books are available from numerous sources, but here are a couple of places where you can BUY braille books:

National Braille Press http://www.nbp.org

Seedlings Braille Books for Children http://www.seedlings.org

American Printing House for the Blind http://www.aph.org

These are all publishers of braille books.  If you would like to learn braille, you may wish to use a textbook or website for instruction.  Some are geared toward people who are sighted who wish to learn braille, and some are geared toward print readers who are losing their vision and would like to learn braille.

Tyneesha Petter commented on February 15, 2017

Hello!
I would like to learn braille but don't know where to get any braille books. Can anyone tell me a website where I can BUY the braille books? I want to own the actually copy if possible!

Thanks
Tyneesha

Charlotte@Perkins commented on October 16, 2014

Hi Donna,

It sounds like your student was already a print reader before he became a braille reader, is that right?  If so, the approach you take to introducing him to braille will be a bit different from introducing braille to a young child who is just learning to read for the first time.  

Teaching Braille to Students Who Already Have a Print Literacy Background is a great article by Anna Swenson and Anne Spitz.  It is a very helpful place to start and includes a list of commercially available instructional materials for teaching braille.  They note that a combination of resources is often more effective than a single program.

The Mangold Developmental Program of Tactile Perception and Braille Letter Recognition (Exceptional Teaching):  Designed to teach efficient tracking and the letters of the alphabet.
 
Braille FUNdamentals (TSBVI): Sequenced instruction in the braille code at four different reading levels with suggestions for games and other activities.  A special feature in Duxbury enables the teacher to transcribe materials using only the contractions a student has learned in the Braille FUNdamentals curriculum.
 
Sections of Building on Patterns (APH):  Building on Patterns is a complete reading program designed for children in grades K-3.  The content is often not appropriate for older students and, if the student is already a print reader, only portions of the curriculum will be relevant.  
 
The Braille Connection (APH):  Designed for adults and teens who are former print users.  Note:  Several teachers commented that this program lacked relevance for their teen-aged students.
 
I-M-ABLE (Individualized Meaning-centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education, Diane Wormsley):  A highly individualized method that starts with key words of interest to the student and uses them to build letter/contraction recognition, efficient tracking, and fluent reading.  Resource:  Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach by Diane P. Wormsley, AFB Press.  One secondary resource room teacher uses this approach exclusively with her dual media learners.
 
Read Naturally: A structured program to build fluency; designed for print readers, but easily adapted for braille learners; used by many teachers of students with learning disabilities
 
Guided reading materials or high interest / low vocabulary books from general and special education.  Introducing contractions as they appear in the student's reading is another option for instruction.

Good luck!

Charlotte