Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

All Children Can Read

A young girl looks at a picture book.

This website from the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) focuses on literacy for children with a combined vision and hearing loss.  It includes instructional strategies, examples, and resources for helping students who are deafblind to develop literacy skills.  The sections include:

  • Shifting the Perspective
  • Building a Foundation
  • Early Emergent Literacy
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Writing

The Literacy Skills Checklist is a great informal assessment that can help you to decide where to start.


DeafBlind strategies - not just for those who are deaf & blind

Posted by Faye Gonzalez

Posted on February 24, 2013
Updated on: March 28, 2018

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Faye Gonzalez commented on February 25, 2013

I have been looking at several resources lately for students who are deafblind - and have been amazed that these ideas and strategies work for a much wider range of students. Most of the deaf-blind strategies are FABULOUS ideas for students with visual and multiple/severe disabilities as well. A quick glance at the website referenced above resulted in tons of great ideas - for deafblind kids as well as MD/VI students. One example: "Teach name, name sign and/or personal identifier of child and those the child interacts with on a regular basis" - I use object or partial object schedules with many of my MD/VI students, but have never thought to make their own "personal identifier" for their name. This is just one great idea from a site that has a wealth of resources. Any other good D-B resources out there that would apply to MD/VI students as well?