Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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Cover of bath book

Bath Book with Objects

By Holly Cooper
This book is designed for young children to use with their bathtime routine. It's waterproof and is made to get wet!
Homemade abacus and Cranmer abacus

Simplified Homemade Abacus for Beginning Users

By Anna Ackley
A TVI created this simplified abacus to help her student understand the basic concept, as well as to practice the fine motor skills involved.
Hand on paper with braille with purple ruler at top of paper

Braille Letter Search Sheets

By Liz Eagan
These braille letter search sheets can be downloaded and embossed to give students practice identifying braille letters. This can be especially helpful with braille reversals and reinforcing skills.
Braille design of Max the Reindeer

Max the Reindeer Braille Design

By Edith West
Max the Reindeer is our latest braille drawing to promote braille literacy with students who are blind or visually impaired.
Cracking a raw egg

Cracking a Raw Egg

By Dwila Nixon
3-minute video created to teach individuals with visual impairments to crack a raw egg using step-by-step instructions
A woman wiping a table

Using a Systematic Pattern to Wipe a Table

By Dwila Nixon
Tips to teach individuals who are blind or visually impaired to use a systematic pattern to wipe a table
Cover of Birthday Party experience book

Birthday Party Experience Book

By Renee Ellis
Experience books are a great way to introduce young children who are blind or visually impaired, or those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness, to literacy and books, as in this Birthday Party.
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.
Roll-a-Jack-o-Lantern game

Roll a Jack-O-Lantern: Braille Halloween Game

By Sarah Dalby Mason
This Roll a Jack-O-Lantern Halloween game is a fun holiday activity for braille readers!
Braille design of witch with a broomstick

Braille Design of Halloween Witch

By Edith West
Braille users will love this braille drawing of a scary Halloween witch!
Student examining braille flashcards

Concept Flashcards: Tactile Images and Braille Labels

By Liz Eagan
These concept cards can be used to match the real object to the tactile image and braille label or to sort into categories with students who are blind or visually impaired.
Braille design of apple

Apple Braille Design

By Edith West
Make your own braille drawing of an apple following these step-by-step instructions.
3 pairs of socks

Sorting & Folding Socks Video

By Dwila Nixon
Step-by-step instructions with video demonstration of how to fold and sort socks if you are blind or visually impaired
Screenshot of audio version of braille designs

Audio Recordings of Braille Patterns

By Charlotte Cushman
Braille readers will enjoy being able to independently create braille drawings following the audio recordings of these braille designs.
Surgical mask

Ideas for Helping Students with Multiple Disabilities Including Deafblindness Wear Masks and Face Coverings

By Katy Ring
These Ideas are designed to encourage children with multiple disabilities Including deafblindness to wear masks and face coverings.
Placing braille label under matching word

Tactile Signage Activity for Dual Media Student

By AT Neal
In this activity, dual media students match braille labels to the print text on signs.
Braille design of slice of birthday cake

Braille Design: Piece of Birthday Cake

By Edith West
Make your own braille drawing of a slice of birthday cake, following these steps.
Perkins braille with paper loaded

Loading and Removing Paper from the Perkins Brailler: Video Demonstration

By Dwila Nixon
This video demonstration teaches parts of the brailler, and shows step-by-step how to load and remove paper from a Perkins braillewriter.
Boy working independently

Tareas de Trabajo Independiente para Lectores de Braille Principiantes

By Liamsmom
Tareas de trabajo independiente para lectores de braille principiantes
tactile flower glued on paper

Tactile Flower: Making a Bridge to Tactile Images

By Liz Eagan
This simple activity for students with visual impairments or multiple disabilities helps to make the bridge from real objects to tactile images.