Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Make Your Own Adapted Paper

Lines with students' writing
With money being tight in many districts, ordering special paper is not always a priority. Over the years, I've either created special paper or worked with an OT who created some for me. Unfortunately, I didn't always save the paper I've made over the years. I recommend not recreating the wheel each time -- save what you make or find.
The cool thing about having paper samples on your computer is that you can print the paper on whatever color your student may require! You can change the size of the lines, color of the lines, line 'weight', bold lines, dotted lines, and page orientation.
I just created the journal.doc today as a teacher was going to order a set of 12 for $14.00 online out of her own pocket. I borrowed a computer and whipped this up in about 10 minutes. All she has to do now is copy as many pages of the second page as she needs for the size of the journals she wants the students to have. Then to finish them off, bind them however she wants.
I have added red dots at the beginning of a line to aid the student in knowing where to start writing. This is vitally important when the child's visual fields are affected and the child is a beginning reader.
Here are some paper samples:
journal printable paperJournal printable paperlines for printable paper
blank boxes on a sheet for printable paperlines for printable paperJournal printable paper
Make your own paper collage





Posted by Candice

Anything Else?

Posted by Linda Brown

Re: Anything Else?

Posted by Liz Eagan Satter

Raised Lined??

Posted by Lyndee Adams

Re: Raised Line??

Posted by Liz Eagan Satter

Posted on May 6, 2014
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Make Your Own Adapted Paper

Liz Eagan Satter commented on August 22, 2014

Yes, I've made my own raised line paper in a pinch. I use APH's Tactile Graphics Kit to make it. I go ahead and use the paper I've created or whatever the teacher may want me to use and I use the tracing wheel to raise the lines. Since I can't draw a straight line to save my life, I use a ruler to aid me in keeping the line straight. Another really good tool to use is the Black Board from Sensational Books. I've left that in the classroom and the teachers have been able to create their own lines when I'm not's quick and fast. Just need the board, the paper and a medium point pen. Often times the teachers have utilized other students in the room to create the lines. Hope this helps?

Lyndee Adams commented on August 22, 2014

Can you also make raised line paper? I was just told by my district that I couldn't purchase paper for a while...Very unhappy face here

Liz Eagan Satter commented on May 12, 2014

For making tracing paper, I use You can type in the students name or words you want traced and it will generate the page for you. I then 'fix' it by enlarging it, making the dotted lines darker, reducing the number of words per line, etc. I've also had teachers ask for the name to be outlined for the student to write inside it. For that I open a word document, use Arial Black font size 72, and then I go into the font menu and choose outline. If you haven't already, go in and "play" with the different options in MS Word.

Linda Brown commented on May 11, 2014

So you can make your own paper. Can you also make tracing sheets for low vision students? The handwritten ones I see them using in the classroom just don't do the trick. What other types of paper or worksheets do you create?

Candice commented on May 8, 2014

I never thought of creating my own paper! What a terrific idea!! My district is one that is frowning on purchasing items. I can get the paper from APH, but it doesn't fill my needs. Like you indicated above, I need different colored lines or a different color of paper. Thanks for this wonderful idea!! I love the samples you provided. I can definitely use these!