Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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Tactile Christmas tree on classroom door

Tactile Holiday Decorations

By Liz Eagan
Make your holiday decorations tactile and accessible to all children!
bulletin board with a scene and labels depicting the water cycle

Water Cycle Bulletin Board

By JFBamber
This bulletin board is accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired, using braille and tactile graphics to explain the water cycle.
A young boy carries a muffin tin cup

Multi-Skill Braille Cell Muffin Tin Activity

By Tracy Fitch
This hands-on activity works on basic concepts and braille readiness skills.
Two boys sitting on rug holding their calendars

Making an Advent Calendar Accessible

By Liamsmom
Make your Advent calendar accessible to children who are blind or deafblind this Christmas using braille.
Christmas wreath in tactile experience book

Christmas Tactile Experience Book

By Susiene Royson
This example of a tactile experience book uses items associated with Christmas as a literacy experience for a girl with CVI and additional disabilities.
stuffed toys in a small toy box

Kipper's Toybox

By gwyn52
Extend learning opportunities for young children with visual impairments with these ideas for Kipper's Toybox.
Braille design examples

"Just for Fun" Braille Designs

By Edith West
Find out what size paper you need to make braille designs.
a group of stuffed bears with a knit tea cup and treats in front of them

Peace at Last: Extending Learning Opportunities for Math and Literacy

By gwyn52
Math and literacy extension activities for "Peace at Last" reinforce emergent skills for young children with visual impairments and other special needs.

Story Box for "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

By Teresa Thomas
Story box idea for making "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" accessible to young children with visual impairments
Tree of Thanks

Tree of Thanks

By Liz Eagan
This Thanksgiving craft give students with visual impairments and other special needs the chance to write about what they are thankful for.
Cleaning supplies

Incorporating Writing and the ECC through Interviewing

By Liz Eagan
Interviewing others is a great way to practice ECC skills, such as career exploration, while also developing writing skills.
Turkey jars

Thankful Turkey Jar

By Liamsmom
Thanksgiving craft activity for kids who are blind, deafblind, low vision or with other special needs focusing on what they are thankful for
colorful letters in a pile

Make Your Own Braille Word Search Puzzles!

By Penny Rosenblum
Learn how to make your own braille word search puzzle!
Spaghetti braille

Spaghetti Braille Game: Dot 5 Contractions for Dual Media Learners

By Samantha Zauner
Dual media learners can have fun practicing dot 5 braille contractions with this spaghetti-themed file folder game!
different textures represent different layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth Tactile Graphics

By Liamsmom
Tactile graphics with braille labels help to make a science activity about the layers of the Earth accessible to students who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.
Tactile Book of Endangered Animals-there is a whale floating in the sea on the cover of the book

Tactile Book of Endangered Animals

By Sozer Vurgun
A tactile book of endangered species is adapted for students who are blind, low vision or deafblind, using braille and tactile illustrations.
Tactile Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe

Tactile Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe

By Crystal McConnell
This accessible tactile tic tac toe game is a fun Halloween activity for students who are blind or visually impaired!
Spooky Halloween pumpkins

Halloween Maze

By Samantha Zauner
A Halloween-themed board game for braille readers to practice contractions and other braille symbols.
Cover of "What's Inside?" pumpkin book

Pumpkin Experience Book

By Liz Eagan
Create your own pumpkin experience book with students with visual impairments, deafblindness or multiple disabilities
Cursive letters s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z

Teaching Handwriting to a Braille Reader

By Jodi Floyd
Tips to teach cursive handwriting and signatures to a braille reader or person who is blind or visually impaired.