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Nemeth Braille Code Curriculum

This collection of Nemeth materials is designed for students from pre-kindertgarten to college. It includes a detailed Pre-K to Second Grade curriculum, focused lessons for students of all ages, and a Nemeth symbol library.

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Welcome to the Nemeth Braille Code Curriculum Page!

By Tina HerzbergSara Larkin, and Susan Osterhaus

This curriculum was developed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Pearson’s Accessibility Team for Assessments. NFB is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. The Pearson Accessibility Team for Assessments provides consulting services that support the development and delivery of accessible products and services. Together, our goal is to support educators, parents, and students of all ages in building their skills in the Nemeth Code.

The curriculum is composed of the following three components:

  • The step-by-step Pre-K to Second Grade Nemeth Curriculum is designed to teach students who are visually impaired how to read and write the Nemeth Code. It includes hands-on activities and games that reinforce grade-level math concepts and make learning the Nemeth Code fun and meaningful.
  • The engaging¬†Nemeth Focused Lessons¬†provide a fun and supportive way to learn new symbols and practice reading and writing these symbols within grade-level math problems. Focused lessons include:
    • Division
    • Exceptions to the five-step rule (commonly used in place value and repeating decimals)
    • Five-step rule (commonly used in geometry and with repeating decimals)
    • Fractions
    • Mixed numbers
    • Multiplication
    • Number lines
    • Radical expressions
  • The user-friendly Nemeth Symbol Library provides definitions of how to write symbols used in Kindergarten through Calculus in Nemeth Code, helpful hints for remembering how to read and write many of the symbols, and examples in print and braille.
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Math Instruction for Students with Visual Impairments

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Foundational Skills for STEM

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Project INSPIRE: Increasing the STEM Potential of Individuals Who Read Braille