Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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Story box items with Edward

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane": Accessible Ideas for Children with Multiple Disabilities

By Heather Collins
Tips to make a picture book accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired, with additional disabilities, using storyboxes, tactile and picture symbols, and talking books
materials to make the book accessible including communication boards, the story box, and tactile objects

"Goodnight Moon": Accessible Ideas for Children with Multiple Disabilities

By nabrams3721
Tips and activity ideas to make Goodnight Moon accessible to children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities
a seder plate with traditional foods for Passover

Passover Sensory Story Bucket

By gwyn52
This Passover story bucket provides a sensory experience and early literacy experience for children who are blind or visually impaired.
baskets in a mudroom filled with winter clothing

Making Our Mudroom Accessible

By Kimberly Schildbach
The mother of children who are blind tells how she used braille labels to make the family mudroom accessible to the whole family.
Three women with story buckets

Creative Story Buckets

By gwyn52
Story buckets offer early literacy experiences for children with visual impairments, using real objects to support learning opportunities.
tools that are used during a low vision clinic appointment

Experience Story: Going to Low Vision Clinic

By Marjorie
Experience book for students with visual impairments about visiting the low vision clinic.
A child's hands explore a bowl.

Using Exploratory Procedures to Build Tactile Skills

By katyringo
10 tips to increase tactile exploration with young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.
Sample pages from book showing seahorse and octopus

Sea Life-Themed Tactile Book: What Do You See in the Sea?

By Juarezs
This tactile book is an ocean-themed book about sea animals, which has been adapted for a braille student in Kindergarten.
a train with a four cars

Train File Folder Game: Whole Word Contractions

By Samantha Zauner
File folder game to teach dual media students whole word braille contractions
the cover of a tactile book showing a picture of a girl wearing a winter coat and hat and the title Analelia Likes

Tactile Alphabet Book

By Kimberly Schildbach
A parent shares tips to make your own tactile books at home!
tactile features on a big clock with movable hands

Big Braille Clock to Support Understanding Elapsed Time

By Anna Ackley
This homemade braille clock is a concrete way for students with visual impairments to manipulate the clock to understand elapsed time.
Tactile graphic organizer

Our Version of the Tactile Graphic Organizer

By Deedra Finch
Tips to create a tactile graphic organizer using tangible symbols with students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities
fidget cube

Fidget Cube

By Liz Eagan
This fidget cube gives students with self-injurious behaviors, such as picking at their fingers, something else to do with their hands.
two cards with tactile objects representing two activities

Object Symbols for Preschool Student

By Liz Eagan
Setting up an object symbol system with a preschool student with visual impairments and multiple disabilities
Count and match file folder game

Math Counting and Matching File Folder Activity

By SSummers
File folder game using real objects for beginning counting and matching with students who are blind or visually impaired
Tactile art station

Tactile Art Station

By Kimberly Schildbach
Tips to make art projects accessible using tactile symbols at home or at school.
Lazy Susan with braille labels

Spin and Move!

By Liamsmom
This game provides practice matching textures, objects, and braille words. Kids will enjoy reading braille labels and performing the action movements on the card!
Braille cell pizza twists

Braille Cell Pizza Twists

By laceyjo22
Making pizza twists is a fun way to incorporate the Expanded Core Curriculum with braille skills.
Sheperd's Pie

Functional Application of Reading and Use of Fractions: Making Shepherd's Pie

By PJ Durand
Functional application of fractions and reading to prepare Shepherd's Pie with students who are blind or visually impaired
Braille Bingo

Braille Bingo!

By Grace Gundel
Braille Bingo is a fun way for students to practice contractions and other braille skills to promote braille literacy.