Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Welcome Parents! Get Started Here with Questions about Literacy for Your Young Child

We're so glad that you have found your way to our website!  We know that you have many questions about how your child will learn and what you can do to provide the best possible environment for him or her.  We also know that this website can be overwhelming with the amount of material that is here, so we've created this page with a few tips on how to get started.

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Cozying Up to Literacy:  Getting Started with Interaction and Bonding

Love is the first literacy skill that our little ones learn! Trusting and meaningful relationships motivate a child to want to be with and learn from others.



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Developing Routines

Routines are an important way to help young children to develop concepts and skills that are the basis of literacy.  Meaningful experiences are a critical foundation to learning. 






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10 Tips to Introduce Reading to a Young Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Sharing quiet time together with a family member, teacher or other special person enjoying stories that are funny or interesting is something that all of us love, regardless of our age or the amount of vision we have.

Download Tip Sheet on Tips to Introduce Reading.



A young girl explores a ping pong ballTactile Fun Buckets

Make your own tactile fun bucket to encourage your child to explore different textures and weights.






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Tactile Baby Blankets

Create your own tactile baby blanket or quilt to encourage exploration with your baby who blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness.  



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Tactile Books for Very Young Children

Find out how to introduce books to babies and young children using tactile adaptations, creating experience books, and adding braille.




Learn about Story Boxes!