Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Tactile cane on page of book

Creating a Book for a Braille Reader with CVI: Max and His Cane

By Liamsmom
This simple braille book tells the story about an 8-year-old boy who loses his cane. The colored illustrations are appealing for children with CVI.
A student reads the braille on the tactile illustration of a tree.

Supporting Tactile Images with Real Experience and Concrete Materials

By Liz Eagan
Providing real experiences and concrete objects is a helpful first step in teaching students with visual impairments to interpret tactile images.
Cover of Ten Little Ladybugs

Building Literacy Around What Children Care About

By Ellen Cadigan Mazel
Using images of items that children with CVI (cortical visual impairment) are motivated by can help to motivate them and develop literacy skills.
Don't throw rocks

Having Pride: Promoting Social Skills through Writing

By Anna C. Gayle
Combine writing and social skills in this activity to promote kindness and helpfulness in students who are blind or visually impaired.
Hygiene bag

Tactile Symbols for Hygiene Bag

By Liz Eagan
Make activities of daily living more fun with this song and routine!
Independent exercise sheet

Wellness Program for Youth Who Are Deafblind

By DeCaluweS
Incorporate literacy skills into a wellness program for students with deafblindness or multiple disabilities.
Braille gloves

Braille Gloves

By Laurie Hudson
Braille gloves are a great way to introduce the braille code to sighted children and adults (such as sighted classmates family members).
Accessible NCAA bracket in braille

Accessible NCAA Bracket

By William Tubilleja
Braille can be used in so many ways and this NCAA bracket is a great example of how it can make sports and popular events accessible to all.
Student editing her work on a BrailleNote

Writing Prompt Roulette

By Beth Borysewicz
Strategies to support braille students with writing prompts, using a shared writing approach on a BrailleNote Touch to promote braille literacy
A girl examines a bracelet on her wrist

Nature Walk

By Liz Eagan
Nature walks can inspire students with visual impairments to write about what they find.
A boy reads his braille calendar on the wall.

Tracking Reading Homework

By Liamsmom
Make your reading calendar accessible to braille users with these ideas!
A hand touching the insta-snow

Insta-Snow Writing Activity

By Liz Eagan
Real experiences are a great motivator to the writing process! This 3rd grader enjoyed writing a braille description of insta-snow.
Textured items and bells in a metal bucket

Tactile Fun Bucket

By Kimberly Schildbach
Make your own tactile fun bucket for young children who are blind or visually impaired to develop tactile discrimination skills and basic concepts.
drumset

Bass Drum File Folder Game for Dual Media Learners

By Samantha Zauner
Students with low vision who are learning braille can practice the whole word contractions the, and, with, of, child, still, and to with this game.
A boy puts chocolate syrup on his ice cream.

Mardi Gras: A Recipe for... (disaster?)

By Anna C. Gayle
Following a recipe can be a fun way to promote braille literacy, while also working on cooking and independent living skills.
Tactile Valentine post box

Creating an Accessible Valentine's Day Post Box

By Liamsmom
Make Valentine's Day accessible to children who are blind, deafblind, visually impaired or multiply disabled with accessible post boxes!
hieroglyphics written in stone surface

Braille “Hieroglyphics”

By Beth Borysewicz
Create braille "hieroglyphics" or a cryptogram to motivate children who are blind or visually impaired to crack the code!
Tactile Valentine cards with braille

Braille Valentines for Our Students to Receive

By jesmcdowellTVIOandM
Support sighted classmates in making accessible tactile Valentines with braille for children in inclusive classrooms who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired.
Worksheet of triangles adapted for a child with CVI

Math Modification for CVI, Phase III

By Brenda Biernat
Tips to modify math worksheets for students with cortical visual impairment, Phase III
Cover of restaurant book

Restaurant Book with Tactile Symbols

By Liz Eagan
Create your own book of tactile symbols to enable students with multiple disabilities to order their own food at a restaurant.

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