Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Tactile valentines

Giving Back to Others: Making Tactile Valentines

By Liz Eagan
Making tactile cards for Valentine's Day is a great way for students who are blind or visually impaired to practice braille and other skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).
Tactile paper doll

Tactile Paper Dolls: Incorporating the ECC

By Beth Borysewicz
Tactile paper dolls offer lots of opportunities to work on functional skills and many areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum, such as independent living, career exploration, and social skills.
Brown Bear game

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Shapes Do You See?

By Jenna Haskins
This board game gives young children with visual impairments a chance to practice counting, matching, and shape recognition as extensions to the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?".
Bowl of trail mix

Making Trail Mix Using Preferred Literacy Formats

By Liz Eagan
Making Trail Mix using a talking photo album and a braille recipe
Set up of Jumping Bean game

Jumping Bean Game

By Melissa McDermott
This Jumping Bean Game is a fun way to practice braille skills and can be used to fit a range of student needs and skill areas.
Fish cards with braille words

Games and Activities for Independent Braille Practice

By Liamsmom
These braille activities provide additional practice to promote independent braille literacy for students who are blind, low vision or deafblind.
Table centerpiece

Making Table Centerpieces for the Holidays

By Liz Eagan
Making table centerpieces for the holidays is a fun crafts activity, and also a possible vocational option for older students.
Boy holding braille book of Christmas poems

Braille Book of Christmas Poems

By Liamsmom
This braille book of Christmas poems includes tactile graphics and is a fun way for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind to learn more about poetry.
Bowls of pinecones with cinnamon

Make Your Own Cinnamon-Scented Pine Cones

By Liz Eagan
The smell of cinnamon is often associated with the holidays, and in this craft activity for Christmas and Hanukkah, students make cinnamon-scented pine cones as a decoration.
Christmas card with tactile snowman and Santa Claus

Teaching Many Skills Through Christmas Cards

By Liz Eagan
Making Christmas cards and sending them is a great way to practice numerous skills with students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
Two miniature Christmas trees

Decorating Christmas Trees: Understanding Models

By Liz Eagan
Decorating Christmas trees offer a chance to practice positional and spatial concepts, and to teach students about small scale models of large trees.
Braille Menorah

Braille Design: Menorah!

By Edith West
Braille design of a menorah is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah with people who are blind or visually impaired!
Lego adaptation of graphic arts project

Adapting a Graphic Design Project for a Braille Student

By Roberta Gackowski
Tips to adapt a three-dimensional graphic design project for a student with a visual impairment in an inclusive art class
Boy with a wooden tree Advent calendar

Accessible Advent Calendar: Wooden Christmas Trees

By Liamsmom
These wooden Christmas trees have drawers and can be labelled with braille to make accessible Advent calendars for children who are blind, low vision or deafblind, or with multiple disabilities.
Activity set up with a Perkins Brailler and Geometry Math Window kit

Chemistry Braille Trick-of-the-Trade

By Kecia Binko
Tips to support a braille student to balance chemical equations
Turkey face with feathers

Thanksgiving Cards with Braille Message and Craft

By Liz Eagan
These Thanksgiving cards are a fun crafts activity for students who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind that can be shared with families. Students write braille or print messages.
Design of braille snowflake

Braille Snowflake

By Edith West
Download this brf file of a braille snowflake design and emboss it for your braille students, friends, and family members. This is a festive braille drawing for winter, Christmas, or Hanukkah.
Signature with Wikki Stix, along with packets of Wikki Stix

Tips for Teaching How to Create a Signature

By jfreeman
Practical ideas on how to teach individuals who are blind or visually impaired to create a written signature.
Embossed Jack-o-Lantern with "Happy Halloween" in braille.

Halloween Designs to Emboss

By Heather Park
These braille designs are ready to emboss for Halloween! Students with visual impairments will enjoy the Jack-o-lantern pumpkin and Frankie Monster accessible images.
A boy checks his work on a braille assignment.

Using APH Tactile Editing Marks Kit for Creative Writing Assignment

By Liamsmom
APH Tactile Editing Marks Kit makes editing accessible to braille students who are blind or visually impaired or deafblind.

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