Integrating Print and Braille: A Recipe for Literacy

This book from NFB offers practical strategies and an instructional framework for teaching dual media learners, or students with low vision who use both print and braille as literacy media.

This book from NFB (National Federation of the Blind) is a resource for teachers and parents of dual media learners, that is students who have some vision and who learn braille, as well as print.  It was created by a consortium of experts, with the purpose of developing “a new assessment tool to better determine which students should learn to read Braille, or print, or both Braille and print.”  It includes case studies, teaching strategies, and approaches to strengthen the teaching of braille reading and writing for students using dual media. It also offers ideas on how the student can obtain enough instruction and practice to achieve speed and fluency in braille reading.  Goals and objectives are also included.

The goal of the book is “to provide a recipe for using the integration approach—that is, the integration of print and Braille into the student’s school and home life—to ensure full literacy for the partially sighted student.”

The sections of the book are:

  1. Literacy and the Decision to Integrate Print and Braille
  2. Attitudes: An Essential Ingredient
  3. Enhancing Vision Through Touch
  4. Creating the Dual Media Integration Plan
  5. Read, Read, Read—There Is No Substitute…