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A child who was averse to reading braille exercised his tactile literacy on an outing to a tactile exhibit with a proficient braille reader
Posted by Amber Rundle Kahn
When I first started working as a TVI, I was under the impression that my students would want to work with me -- just like I wanted to work for my teachers when I was growing up. The first braille learner student I worked with was a dual-media student who...



Worksheet with push pins
Posted by Liamsmom
To reinforce and practice a new skill, teachers often use worksheets with their students.  It is important for students to have opportunities to strengthen skills with repetition.   I want to share 4 different ways I have created "...



A girl stirs ingredients in a bowl.
Posted by Liz Eagan
Cooking is a great way to incorporate all areas of the curriculum in a motivating, practical activity or series of activities.  Literacy (recipes in large print, braille, or audio), math (showing the real-world application of counting, adding and...



A young woman poses for the camera.
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
I have been visually impaired all my life. I was born with congenital cataracts and I had to get them removed at 6 to 9 months old. Then at age 9 I was diagnosed with glaucoma in both of my eyes.  I graduated with honors from the Florida School for the...



Jasmyn Polite
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
I have limited side or peripheral vision, a condition that is also known as "tunnel vision", where I am not able to see what’s on my sides or what’s coming from up or down, such a step off or a dangerous snake on the floor. This is where...



Dot watch
Posted by Liamsmom
I am the mother of a busy, independent and determined 9-year-old boy named Liam.  He will be going into 4th grade this year.  Recently I ordered the new Dot Watch for Liam and I am in love!  I have always believed in getting technology into the...



University lecture
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
We often get questions from instructors in colleges and universities who, for the first time, will have a student who is blind or visually impaired or blind in one of their classes.  After a moment of panic, they contact us for tips and suggestions....



Jasmyn using a braillewriter
Posted by Jasmyn Polite
I have glaucoma and currently have low vision, although I expect that, at some point in my life, I will have to use braille. When I was a young child, I thought that braille didn’t apply to me and it seemed too hard to learn, but that all changed when...



Paige with some of her students
Posted by paige.morra
Paige Morra wanted to be an engineer. She thought her career goals were all set until she interned and completed her practicum for Dr. Edward Bell, a professor who directs the Louisiana Tech Graduate Programs for the Professional Development and Research...



Two young children sitting outside with water play
Posted by Daniela Gissara
Students from many countries around the world are enjoying summer and the great time that comes with it.  Summer schools are in session and teachers have the chance to propose fun activities for which there might be no time during the school year....



A teenage girl puts on makeup
Posted by PennyR
The expression “put your best foot forward” takes on new meaning when one has a visual impairment.  In our society people are quick to judge you by how you look and present yourself.  It is important that a person who is visually...



Tactile beach picture
Posted by Lisa Pruner
A critical component of early literacy is having something meaningful and interesting to talk, read or write about.  All children build vocabulary through experiences - be they real life experiences, stories and pictures in books, or videos/television...



Literacy board for summer activities
Posted by Jbrown
Summertime can be very relaxing.  Sometimes though, long summer days lead to boredom  The kids have played with everything.  It’s too hot to go anywhere. And you don’t want them to just sit in front of the television all day....



two people sitting on the floor leaning back-to-back
Posted by Linda Hagood
This is the third part of a 3-part series on Yoga and Literacy.  See also Using Yoga to Support Language and Literacy Development and Yoga Activities to Increase Literacy Skills. One application of yoga which I have especially enjoyed as a...



Young boy exploring books
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
The last week in June is Deafblind Awareness Week and we celebrate all those who promote literacy for children who have a combined vision and hearing loss!   This post includes some of our favorite activities and resources for individuals who...



A boy reads a braille book while wearing a Burger King crown
Posted by Liamsmom
I am the mother of two busy boys.  Liam, 8 years old, is deafblind.   Finn, 5 years old, has typical vision and hearing.   I am always very excited when summer finally arrives and I get to spend a lot of quality time with them outdoors. I...



Kaleigh and Penny at the closing ceremony
Posted by PennyR
As I stood chatting with Layla Hildenbrand, an 8-year-old Apprentice contestant from North Carolina wearing a beautiful pink dress, I heard two Freshman competitors harmonizing, a family talking about how impressive the University of Southern California was,...



The author standing outside
Posted by Elin Williams
My name is Elin, I am a UK-based blogger who is currently studying a BA honours degree in Arts & Humanities with The Open University.  I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when I was six years old and I was...



Star student poster
Posted by Liamsmom
My son Liam is a third-grader in a mainstream classroom. Liam is deafblind and a braille reader. His class does something called "Star Student". This is where one child is highlighted for the week; the student gets to write on a special poster that...



CVI book with 3D and 2D examples
Posted by Diane Sheline
Make sure your student or child with CVI has a variety of literacy materials this summer that are relevant and enticing. The Yellow Bucket and the Red Shovel is easy to make and can be adapted, depending on the color of bucket and shovel you happen to have...



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