Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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A young girl using a glue stick to do an art project
Posted by Derya Uyar
January is a special month for us because it is Braille Awareness Month and braille, blind children, and their families are important to me. This is why, I am here sharing with you a story from Turkey.   Supporting at Home Work Being Done at...



Two images of pages of tactile book with flower and braille/print word "under"
Posted by Liz Eagan
Starting with a Book about Positional Concepts Recently I had the idea to make a position book for a student learning braille. My thought was to focus on the positional terms under/over. I made the book with tactile objects (flower, dominoes, hand sticker...



Handmade thank you cards
Posted by maloneyk
“Wow!”, my student said as she received a letter back from the Children’s Hospital. We had made cards for some of the children in our local Children’s Hospital. They were simple cards, but filled with love. Each of our students in our...



January is #BrailleLiteracy month!  In SimBraille: celebrate braille literacy
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to learn braille this year?  Perhaps you would like to support your child, relative, or someone you know who is a braille reader.  Or perhaps you are a veteran teacher who knows braille, but you're...



Braille jewelry
Posted by Nancy Nichols
‘Tis the Season!  With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are frantically shopping for the perfect gift. Braille accessories are a fabulous option and you can do it yourself.  Sharpen up your slate and stylus skills and craft away....



Reversible Sequin Pillow and Sensory Mood Egg
Posted by Brenda Biernat
It’s not too late for the Start Seeing CVI holiday gift list. You won’t find red pom poms here because children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) like more than just pom poms (and besides, you already know where to buy pom poms and bright...



CHAMPS chart
Posted by Liz Eagan
Submitted by Liz Eagan and Laurie Gaston The behavior department in my school district encourages all teachers, both general and special education, to use Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) in their classroom.  Some of the training and coaching the...



The word "window" with yellow bubble letters
Posted by rachelgbennett
As a parent of a son with CVI in Phase II (Roman-Lantzy’s CVI Range), I’ve come to rely on the YouDoodle app to adapt 2D images and create bubble words. My son, Henry, is not quite ready for bubble words, but I wanted to start incorporating them...



A boy uses the EZee Abacus from APH
Posted by Robyn Jones
Your answer is either right or wrong, no “almost” about it. It’s the first thing I tell my students when we start working on the abacus. You get it right, do another problem. You get it wrong, start over. The one place in life where you get...



Student walking with cane
Posted by jfreeman
This notebook is a compilation of resources that can be used to share information about Orientation and Mobility with a student's team.  I download and print all of this information and share with staff and parents, depending on the student's...



Tactile symbol system
Posted by Megan Mogan
Let’s start with the good news. You have emerging readers with Visual Impairment who have learned the meaning of tactile name symbols for people in their lives.  The bad news? You are considering crossing that skill off your list of “Things...



Student writing with purple crayon on lined paper
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Many teachers, therapists, and parents have questions about identifying learning disabilities in students who are blind or visually impaired.  When a student has difficulty completing an assignment,  it is often hard to know if the challenge is due...



Pegboard book
Posted by Kate Hurst
Pegboard books provide a way for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to begin to explore books.  Based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen and her Active Learning approach, this format uses real...



Posted by Charlotte Cushman
The school year is in full swing and it's time to celebrate Fall!  Halloween is just around the corner and classrooms across the country are full of the buzz of excitement.  We would like to share some of our favorite activities to make this fun...



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...



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