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little girl with bow in her hair
Posted by Laurie Hudson
THE BIG PICTURE In my iBook “Introducing Braille,” I largely used videotaped examples of bright, enthusiastic young students to show ways to “Make It Fun,” “Make it Developmental,” and “Make It Meaningful...



UEB Curriculum Crop
Posted by catherinesumm
  Catherine Summ and Suzanne Cappiello, who both work as Education Consultants for the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS-BESB) in CT, have created this curriculum.     We wrote these lesson plans...



little girl
Posted by Laurie Hudson
How do we introduce braille literacy through assistive technology for young children with visual impairments? We make it fun, developmental, and meaningful, as described in the lesson segment below and paired with a short video. (Many thanks to my...



Girl with her hand resting on teacher's hand
Posted by Liz Eagan
I have been asked repeatedly how I come up with goals and how I document progress or regression on them. Good questions! In coming up with goals, it all starts with some form of assessment. I don’t pull goals out of midair. Texas School for the Blind...



A girl uses an abacus and a braille writer.
Posted by Marnee Loftin
Jonathan has been receiving educational services since the age of thirteen months.  His family has been an active participant in this process always ensuring that Jonathan has been surrounded by braille in his home and with books available for reading...



school supply labels
Posted by Liamsmom
My son Liam, who is deafblind, will be starting first grade in a couple of weeks in a mainstream classroom.  Last year, I bought all of Liam's supplies and labeled them myself.  This year I wanted Liam to be part of the process. And of course I...



Pages of accessible book showing a toothbrush
Posted by Liamsmom
My 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...



Teacher sitting on floor with a young boy looking at a braille book
Posted by gwyn52
Sighted children develop and gain knowledge and experience through incidental learning. During their first few years of life they have exposure to a vast range of visual symbols that convey meaning. They observe children and adults looking atprint and...



bird nest page with braille
Posted by Liamsmom
I wanted to create some "science" books for my son Liam (he just turned 6 years old and is deafblind) for him to use for the next school year.  I looked up first grade standards and noticed a focus on animals and their habitats, life cycles,...



Student looking at real objects in reading notebook
Posted by Roz Rowley
Mary McCarthy and Justine Rines are co-authors of this post. This is the third of three posts on the Wilson Reading System® and Struggling Braille Readers. See also Why We Love Using the Wilson Reading System® with Struggling Braille Readers...



dust bunnies circle time kit
Posted by Diane Brauner
Theme: Rhyming Dust Bunnies is a Circle Time Braille Kit that focuses on rhyming words.   This Circle Time Braille Kit Contains: Tactile Books: Illustrated print book with braille added Print/ braille/tactile...



Screenshot of Google Drive
Posted by Sharon@TSBVI
Google recommends Mozilla Firefox Internet browser for working with screen readers when using Google Apps. I have found it is the only browser which consistently works. When entering Google Drive online it is important to turn of the virtual cursor by...



Diego and teacher
Posted by Marnee Loftin
Parents and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) often have questions about struggling readers.  These are: How do reading skills develop in children? How does this development vary for children with visual impairment? How can...



teacher and student
Posted by Liz Eagan
Students with visual impairments are the frequent recipients of assistance, but rarely are they given the opportunity to "give back".  When they are given the opportunity, they are often unclear of how or where to start.   One...



Student doing Wilson Reading System drill
Posted by Mary McCarthy
Roz Rowley and Justine Rines are co-authors of this post. This is the second of three posts on the Wilson Reading System® and Struggling Braille Readers. See also Why We Love Using the Wilson Reading System® with Struggling Braille Readers ...



picture of activities in book kit
Posted by Diane Brauner
Ruby in Her Own Time is a Circle Time Braille kit focusing on counting skills and duck Fun Facts.  This kit is based on the book Ruby in Her Own Time written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Rebecca Harry (Scholastic rates the...



student using willson
Posted by Rinesj
Mary McCarthy and Roz Rowley are co-authors of this post.   This is the first of three posts on the Wilson Reading System® and Struggling Braille Readers. See also Implementing the Wilson Reading System with Braille Students ...



Top 10 collage
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
The end of the year is always a time to look back on highlights of the year and this year we thought it would be fun to share our "Top Ten" list too!   Our top posts for 2014 cover a range of tips and ideas for promoting literacy skills among...



christmas tree book collage
Posted by Liamsmom
We have made it a tradition that my son Liam (who is deafblind) and his little brother Finn, each get to decorate their own small Christmas tree.  Every year, I introduce new items they get to add to their tree. We decorate our tree in this order:...



homemade books
Posted by Liamsmom
Enlist the help of friends and family to make these tactile books!   The purpose of these books is to... create appropriate books, at Liam’s level, that he can read and enjoy independently.  be used in...



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