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A second grade girl using a colored marker
Posted by PennyR
Parents often wonder if their child who has a significant visual impairment should learn braille, print, or both literacy media at the same time.  They also question what role audio materials (e.g., books on CDs or downloaded to a special device) should...



A girl places Easter eggs on a grass tray.
Posted by Liz Eagan
Event planning is a great way to incorporate literacy and the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) into student-led activities!  While this particular example was done at Easter, there are many opportunities throughout the year to practice reading, writing...



Boy reads braille on his Christmas stocking
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
The holidays are an exciting time of year for children and there are lots of opportunities to incorporate literacy into the fun!  The ideas here include suggestions to make Christmas and Hanukkah more accessible to children with visual impairments or...



Cloth book with textures
Posted by Holly Cooper
Leer en Español.     People often wonder what to get as a gift for a child who has a visual impairment.  Every child is unique and has their own interests, preferences, and abilities, so any advice must be considered with the...



Teacher and student
Posted by Kristie Smith
“There is no 'i' in 'team', but there is in 'win'.” -- Michael Jordan (American retired pro basketball player and current businessman)    Recently, I posted a blog on learning how to teach a...



Girl using Ballyland
Posted by Kristie Smith
A few months ago, our vision department changed our student caseload and I was blessed to be given a bright, funny young student who has become a dual learner.  Enter my new first grade student who carries a small red and white cane, but who...



Bucket of materials for Frozen activity
Posted by gwyn52
Creating a holistic approach based on a theme or story enables children who are visually impaired to access and enjoy literacy and numeracy activities in a meaningful way.    The film "Frozen" has been tremendously popular...



oreo reading book
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
We are so grateful to all of you in our online Community of Practice for sharing your ideas and support throughout the year!  While the latest blog post is emailed to you each week, there are many other posts throughout the week that you may have missed...



Sea turtle screenreader example
Posted by Sharon@TSBVI
These lessons are aimed at students who are blind or visually impaired who have never used the Internet with screen reading software. I prefer to start with simple, short assignments and websites. My mantra is “build on success”. So let’s...



Academic Apps collage
Posted by Linda Mamer
Applications (apps) for iOS devices change quickly, but I have compiled a list of apps for academic students with visual impairments.  I have used many of these apps, however I have not used all of them personally.  They have all been used by...



A teenage boy uses a braille notetaker.
Posted by Anna Swenson
  By Anne Spitz, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Dover, MA Anna Swenson, Braille Literacy Consultant, Fairfax, VA The ideas in this post grew out of a workshop in Connecticut on Braille Literacy Skills and are posted in their complete form in the...