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5 Tips to Make Books Accessible and Meaningful

Accessible book: bedtimeMy son Liam attends a mainstream public school. He just finished Kindergarten last year, where he would get these little mini-books that his classmates were reading. I have taken some of them and modified them so that they would be accessible for Liam, as well as motivating for him. I wanted to make sure that I left the print and pictures on the books, so that his classmates could see that he was participating in the same things that they were. It is important for Liam to be included in what they were reading as well.       

 

5 Tips to Modify a Story for Your Child:

  1. Choose a story you want to modify.  
  1. Have a blank book to use.
    • I use blank chipboard books that can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, but there are many different things you can use for your book that would be less expensive. 
    • I recommend having sturdy pages that aren't flimsy.
  1. Create tactile pictures.
    • Decide what type of tactile pictures you want to use to match the story. 
    • You will also need to decide if the objects will be glued on, velcroed on so they can be removed  by the reader, put into bags or pockets, put into a story box, finger puppets,  etc.  
  1. Add braille to the pages.
    • You will need to write the story in braille or ask someone to help with this part.  
  1. Send the books back to school for your child to enjoy with his or her classmates.

5 tips to modify a story for your child

 
 
Here is an example of one of the more simple books I adapted for Liam. It is a book called "Bedtime".
Accessible book bedtime: my lightAccessible book bedtime: my bathAccessible book bedtime: my sleep clothesAccessible book bedtime: my combAccessible book bedtime: my toothbrushAccessible book bedtime: my bearAccessible book bedtime: my bookAccessible book bedtime: my bed
 
Another example of a Kindergartner reader that I modified for Liam. In this book, I just added tactile graphics right onto the original book and also added braille. I made finger puppets that matched the tactile graphics on the page and the story as well.
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accessible books collage

 

 

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Posted by Aida Guevara

Posted on August 9, 2015
Updated on: February 7, 2018

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