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Perkins braille with paper loaded

Loading and Removing Paper from the Perkins Brailler: Video Demonstration

This video demonstration teaches parts of the brailler, and shows step-by-step how to load and remove paper from a Perkins braillewriter.
Materials for Alphabet Soup and Braille Muffin actiivty

Alphabet Soup and Braille Muffins

This early literacy activity reinforces initial letter sounds in a fun and playful way for beginning braille readers.
Bowl of trail mix

Making Trail Mix Using Preferred Literacy Formats

Making Trail Mix using a talking photo album and a braille recipe
Boy holding braille book of Christmas poems

Braille Book of Christmas Poems

This braille book of Christmas poems includes tactile graphics and is a fun way for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind to learn more about poetry.
Signature with Wikki Stix, along with packets of Wikki Stix

Tips for Teaching How to Create a Signature

Practical ideas on how to teach individuals who are blind or visually impaired to create a written signature.
A boy checks his work on a braille assignment.

Using APH Tactile Editing Marks Kit for Creative Writing Assignment

APH Tactile Editing Marks Kit makes editing accessible to braille students who are blind or visually impaired or deafblind.
Summer Book of trip to Minnesota

Summer Trip Book: Creating an Accessible Journal Photo Book

Tips to create an accessible journal photo book about summer trips, family vacations or other special events, using braille with a printed photo book.
student using braillewriter

Writing Prompts for Summer Journals

Writing prompts for summer journals can help braille students maintain their skills during the summer holidays.
Hot Chocolate activity with Tactile Connections symbols

Hot Chocolate: A Tactile Connections Experience Story

This experience story about hot chocolate uses tactile symbols from Tactile Connections Kit from APH to create stories by children with vision impairments and multiple disabilities.
Cover of Bear Hunt in UEB

Take Home Story Kit

Take Home Story Kits enable students to create tactile or braille books that they can take home to share with their families to promote braille literacy.
Bio-Poem on bulletin board

Future Occupation Bio-Poem

This Future Occupation Bio-Poem is a fun writing activity that promotes career exploration, as well as braille literacy skills.
Banana in a baggie with print and braille label

Tangible Valentine Cards

Activity ideas for making tangible valentines with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or multiple disabilities
Turkey tail feathers

Thanksgiving Feathers: A Creative Writing Assignment

This creative writing assignment was done by a 4th grader, who is deafblind. He's quite proud of it and we're happy to share it here!
 braillewriter, braille eraser, and a braille notetaker paired with a computer.  The braille display reads “I like to bake”.”

Braille Writing: Pairing a Refreshable Braille Display with a Perkins Braillewriter

This lesson on braille writing shows how to pair a refreshable braille display with a Perkins Braillewriter to motivate students with visual impairments.
Fingers in position to make dot configurations

FT2S2B: Finger Positions for Beginning Braille Users

Tips to encourage proper finger positions to create braille dot formations, first on the table, then with a swing cell, and finally on a braillewriter.
Don't throw rocks

Having Pride: Promoting Social Skills through Writing

Combine writing and social skills in this activity to promote kindness and helpfulness in students who are blind or visually impaired.
Student editing her work on a BrailleNote

Writing Prompt Roulette

Strategies to support braille students with writing prompts, using a shared writing approach on a BrailleNote Touch to promote braille literacy
A girl examines a bracelet on her wrist

Nature Walk

Nature walks can inspire students with visual impairments to write about what they find.
A hand touching the insta-snow

Insta-Snow Writing Activity

Real experiences are a great motivator to the writing process! This 3rd grader enjoyed writing a braille description of insta-snow.
Tree of Thanks

Tree of Thanks

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

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