Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Individualized Adapted Calendars

Image of tactile calendar

Tangible calendars are a way to let students know what will happen next.  Calendars should be designed for each individual student, using materials and symbols that are accessible and meaningful to them.  Calendars can be done on a daily level (schedule), weekly level, or monthly level.  Learn more about Individualized Adapted Calendars.

  1. Identify routines and regularly occuring events in the student's life.
  2. Represent each event or day of the week with a particular symbol that is meaningful to the child.  This can be a real object, a tangible symbol, or photo or a picture symbol. 
  3. Represent changes to the daily routine (e.g. special events, holiday, doctor's appointment, etc.)
  4. Determine if the child understands time concepts, such as before/after, yesterday/today/tomorrow, etc.)

Mayer-Johnson pictures and tangible symbols represent the days of the weekCalendar with Mayer-Johnson pictures shows last week, this week, next week

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Posted on October 4, 2012
Updated on: March 28, 2018