Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Strategies

Share a Strategy

Do you have a Strategy to share? Please Log-In or Sign-Up to post a new Strategy! 

Click here to learn about Applying for Continuing Education Credit.

Click here for Step-by-Step Instructions to post a new strategy for credit.

Below are strategies for all content areas.






Tactile dots

Braille "Twister"

By Beth Borysewicz
Braille "Twister" is a fun way to practice braille literacy skills while incorporating movement with students who are blind or visually impaired. This can be played in an inclusive setting with sighted peers at recess or individually to practice dot configurations.
Braille wreath

Braille Designs of Holiday Wreaths

By Edith West
These braille drawings are a fun way to celebrate the holiday season for Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or other occasions!
Cover of Fall Pumpkin book

Experience Book about Fall Pumpkin Craft Activity

By Liz Eagan
This tactile fall pumpkin book uses real objects, braille and large print to discuss the experience of making a fall pumpkin book with students who are blind or visually impaired.
A boy who is deafblind uses an abacus with his interpreter

Using an Abacus with a Child Who Is Deafblind

By Liamsmom
These videos demonstrate the use of an abacus to solve addition and subtraction problems with a student who is deafblind with an interpreter using tactile sign, braille, and a teacher.
Mouse

Story with All UEB Braille Contractions

By Charlotte Cushman
This short passage uses all UEB (Unified English Braille) contractions and is a fun way to provide practice for braille readers.
Halloween craft with spiderweb

Fall Holiday Craft: Autumn Leaves, Pumpkin, Spiders

By Liz Eagan
This fall holiday craft for students who are blind or visually impaired includes extension activities related to literacy, language, science, and technology.
Anticipation board for child with CVI

Sequence Board for Child with CVI

By rachelgbennett
The mother of a child with cortical visual impairment (CVI) created this anticipation calendar for her son.
Circle page of book

Enlisting the Help of Older Students to Make Books for Prebraille Readers

By Liamsmom
Older students can practice their braille literacy skills while also enjoying the feeling of helping others when making books for pre-braille readers.
APH graphing board

Teaching Graphing Transformations

By Tracy Fitch
Strategies to teach graphing transformations to students who are blind or visually impaired using a graphing board and push pins to make the graphs accessible
Interactive Wheels on the Bus

Interactive Wheels on the Bus

By Karen Epley
Interactive Wheels on the Bus is a great way to engage children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities through more meaningful and active participation.
The author with story bucket materials.

Story Bucket and Learning Activities Based on Otis the Tractor

By gwyn52
This Story Bucket and learning activities for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, is based on the book "Otis" by Loren Long.
g-raff backpack

Making Literacy Meaningful for Kids with CVI

By Brenda Biernat
The mother of a young child with CVI shares tips on making literacy meaningful for children with cortical visual impairment.
Emoticons with different emotions

Emotion Meter: The Row Boat Ride

By Linda Hagood
This story combines mantras, meditations and pretend story writing in a storytelling activity that helps students with visual impairment & autism spectrum disorder to understand their emotional levels
An adult using a braillewriter

Activity Ideas for Adults With Progressive Vision Loss Who Are Learning Braille

By Jennifer Burrows
Activity ideas from a teacher who runs a group for adults who have deteriorating vision and want to learn braille
Tactile incentive chart with golf tee

Tactile Incentive Chart

By Liamsmom
All children need to feel motivated, but often incentive charts are not accessible to those who are blind, low vision or deafblind. Make an accessible tactile chart for kids who are visually impaired!
Braille bilingual flash cards

Bilingual Braille Flash Cards

By Anna C. Gayle
These bilingual braille flash cards enabled a parent who does not speak English to review the braille code with her 5-year-old daughter who is blind.
Cover of key book

Creating a Book that Motivates Children with Additional Disabilities: Keys

By Liamsmom
Creating a book that motivates children who are blind with additional disabilities includes using real objects that a child is interested in such as those that make sounds or have interesting textures
Independence Day craft

Independence Day Craft Activity

By Liz Eagan
This Independence Day craft activity for the 4th of July for students who are blind or visually impaired teaches students about eagles, while practicing fine more skills and creating tactile graphics.
Tactile mosaic flag

Tactile Mosaic Flags for the 4th of July

By Liz Eagan
Tactile mosaic flags are a fun crafts project for the 4th of July for kids who are blind or visually impaired. Students can work on skills such as literacy, counting, matching, sorting, and patterns.
Side by side examples of no backlighting and backlighting

Backlighting AAC for Students with CVI

By Ellen Cadigan Mazel
Students with CVI (cortical visual impairment) may benefit from backlighting of AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) systems, as it can help them to facilitate visual attention.

Pages