Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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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.
Keegan Misses Daddy

Missing Daddy: An Experience Story About a Difficult Topic

By Kathi Garza
Not all experience or social stories have to be about happy things! Sometimes telling those hard stories can help our children process through their feelings and can provide language to support them.
Boy sitting on bench at athletic field

Experience Story with a Social Theme

By erin32573
Experience stories can be used to help children with visual impairments, deafblindness or multiple disabilities to process emotions and anticipate what will happen.
A young boy examines a toothbrush on the page of a book.

Joseph's Bath Book: An Object Book for Early Literacy

By Charlotte Cushman
In the early stages of literacy, real objects can be attached to each page, so that children who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or with multiple disabilities can explore each item.
Page of Baggie Book with tree

Make Your Own Baggie Experience Book

By Doreen Bohm
Baggie Experience Books are a great way to help young children or learners with deafblindness or multiple disabilities to make the transition from real objects to beginning literacy.
Sneaker with laces untied

Tying Shoelaces: Task Analysis

By Dwila Nixon
Shoelace Tying is broken down into small steps below, and is demonstrated in the video, to provide clear step-by-step directions to teach this skill.
Materials for Alphabet Soup and Braille Muffin actiivty

Alphabet Soup and Braille Muffins

By Regina Quaid
This early literacy activity reinforces initial letter sounds in a fun and playful way for beginning braille readers.
feet on texture square

Texture Walk for Sensory Exploration

By Liz Eagan
Attach different textures and fabrics to a foam puzzle floor play mat for learners to walk on with bare feet or touch with their hands
Two hands reading braille text

Video: Tracking in Braille

By Dwila Nixon
This video presents the best setup, hand placement, and left to right technique for tracking braille.
Two boys doing push-ups in the living room

Exercise Cards in Braille and Print

By Liamsmom
Kids at home can stay fit with these exercise cards in braille and print!
Braille Uno cards

Greater Than or Less Than with UNO

By struckk
Reinforcing Nemeth skills through virtual instruction during school closures using braille UNO cards with students who are blind or visually impaired
Braille Literacy Kit

Braille Literacy Resource Kit

By Dwila Nixon
Braille Literacy Resource Kit for preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired and currently learning at home with their families
Bingo cards

Bingo Home Activity

By Charlotte Cushman
This Bingo Home Activity is designed for families of younger students and students with multiple disabilities; it was created by a life skills teacher at the Ohio State School for the Blind.
Tactile numbers 1, 2, 3

Activity Ideas To Try While At Home

By Charlotte Cushman
These tip sheets from Perkins School for the Blind offer activity ideas to try at home.
Fish file folder game

Fish Braille File Folder Game

By Samantha Zauner
These electronic file folder games are designed to give dual media learners practice learning dot configurations for corresponding braille words.
Light-up Easter eggs

Easter Egg Hunt in the Dark

By Liz Eagan
Use sound or lights to have an Easter egg hunt with children who are blind or visually impaired