Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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a woman, a young woman, and a woman dressed as Jasmine from Aladdin stand together while Jasmine signs the autograph book

Theme Park Tactile Autograph Book for the Blind

By Tracy Fitch
Create your own tactile autograph book to make a visit to a theme park, such as Disney World or Disneyland, accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired.
a baby owl on a dirt path

Owl Babies Story Box

By Liamsmom
Create a storybox about Owl Babies for children who are deafblind, blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
A teenage boy reading a page of braille

Maintaining Braille Skills Using a Daily Journal for an English Language Learner

By Scott Baltisberger
Using a daily journal to help an English Language Learner (ELL) maintain braille skills through the summer
Liam reading the name tags on the organization bench

Organizing Bench to Promote Independent Living Skills

By Liamsmom
Promote independent living skills and braille literacy through an organizer bench at home or school
a set of emojis with an x through them

5 Ways to Make Email More Accessible

By Cory Bohon
Tips to make email more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired
Brailler with color-coded stars

Braille Chart for Sighted Classmates Learning Braille Visually

By jesmcdowellTVIOandM
This fun hands-on activity is a great way to help sighted classmates learn about the braille code!
Reading braille cards

Braille Matching Game: Supporting Braille Objectives

By Liamsmom
This braille matching game is a fun way to practice braille contractions and to promote braille literacy!
Laundry on bed

Laundry: Home Activity for Children with CVI, Phase III

By Brenda Biernat
Laundry offers a chance to work on visual functioning skills, as well as independent living skills, for children with CVI in Phase III.
Secret braille code

Secret Code Braille

By katyringo
Promote braille literacy with this Secret Code Braille activity!
Traction Man bucket

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

By gwyn52
Extend the multi-sensory learning activities for the Traction Man book!
Interactive volcano bulletin board

Interactive Earth Science Tactile Bulletin Board

By JFBamber
Create your own interactive tactile bulletin board for students with visual impairments!
Examples of braille reversals

Scratching Your Head with Braille Reversals?

By Karen Carl
Ideas for braille students who reverse letters or who may be dyslexic.
Cover of The Beach

Providing Direct Experience to Develop Concepts

By Liz Eagan
Children with visual impairments and other special needs need to develop an understanding of basic concepts in order to grasp meaning in books.
Bedtime objects

Stories about Routines with Beginning Braille Readers

By Kay Frase
Stories about routine events from their lives can help to promote braille literacy among preschool children who are blind or visually impaired.
Cover of summer journal

Summer Braille Journal

By Liamsmom
Journals are a great way to promote braille literacy while motivating students to share their experiences.
Letter Board

Letter Board to Make Visual Literacy Activities Accessible

By Teresa O'Brien
Make visual literacy accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired with a braille and large print letter board.
A boy reads a braille grocery list on magnetic strips

Magnetic Braille Grocery List

By Liamsmom
Promote braille literacy, as well as independent living skills, by creating a magnetic grocery list.
Eclipse bulletin board

Tactile Eclipse Board

By JFBamber
Tactile display of the solar eclipse
Kindergarten conversation box

Kindergarten Conversation Box

By Teresa O'Brien
A conversation box can help to promote inclusion and facilitate the transition from preschool to kindergarten for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Hands Down card game

Contraction Go Fish!

By Liamsmom
This adapted Go Fish game is a fun way to practice braille contractions and develop braille literacy skills.