I am the mother of Liam, an 8-year-old boy who happens to be deafblind. He loves anything and everything to do with reading and writing braille! Every summer we try to have some type of small garden. Read about the accessible garden we created last year.
Benefits of a garden for a child with vision impairments:
- Hands on learning!
- Exposure to new hobbies
- Use of braille in a meaningful way and real life situation
- Motivating way to encourage writing and reading of braille
- Encourages independence: labeling the garden, caring for the garden, harvesting the garden, etc.
- Gardens can be made accessible for all children (ex: adding braille, varying the heights of the garden, including plants that have unique textures, tastes and smells, etc.)