Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Auditory Strategies

Mindful Minutes Sound Play title with faded pictures of children with their familes
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
The National Center on Improving Literacy and Idaho's Department of Education have created a short, two and a half minute video to highlight the importance of playing with sounds and spoken words to develop strong listening and reading skills.  ...



Studio recorder
Posted by Diane Shifflett
Cut, paste, delete.  It's really that simple. Radio broadcasting for students who are blind or visually impaired might seem intimidating at first, but with user-friendly software called Studio Recorder from the American Printing House for the...



A young boy explores tactile illustrations.
Posted by Kate Borg
Once upon a time, there lived a spleeth. This spleeth was the lipliest spleeth in all the land. One morning, the spleeth decided that he needed to haynder to see if he could get some rukyas. Sadly, the plupet did not have any rukyas, so the spleeth knew that...



Braille books with QR codes
Posted by Samantha Richardson
I got a new student who is a 4-year-old pre-braille reader. He is homebound right now due to the pandemic and his parents asked for some activities that they can do with him.  They are non-English speaking, so I add QR codes to braille books so...



Sideview of person looking straight ahead
Posted by Liz Barclay
and by Marlena Chu, OD, FAAO The visual demands of learning are constant as students progress through elementary, middle and high school. For students who have low vision, the impact of visual fatigue can challenge and impede educational progress....



The author standing outside
Posted by Elin Williams
My name is Elin, I am a UK-based blogger who is currently studying a BA honours degree in Arts & Humanities with The Open University.  I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when I was six years old and I was...



Sea turtle screenreader example
Posted by Sharon@TSBVI
These lessons are aimed at students who are blind or visually impaired who have never used the Internet with screen reading software. I prefer to start with simple, short assignments and websites. My mantra is “build on success”. So let’s...



Ann Cunningham demonstrates how to add sound to tactile images.
Posted by Ann Cunningham
I always have print and braille labels with my artwork but sometimes being able to access audio files is preferable. I would like to share the methods I am going to be using at my next exhibit. There is a broad range of solutions. If you have some solutions...



Apples hanging on a tree
Posted by Cheryl Kamei Hannan
My interest in bringing storytelling to life grew out of a growing interest in Waldorf-inspired education.  While story boxes have been around in our field for many years, I wanted to try to create a full multi-sensory experience to bring stories to life...



Board game with goose pieces and dice
Posted by Penny Rosenblum
Think back on your own childhood and time with family and friends and you’re likely to remember a game you enjoyed playing whether it was a board game, word game, or sporting activity.  Games can help your child develop skills such as:...



A young girl uses a Braille Port Plus from APH.
Posted by Jodi Floyd
"A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he [listened], the less he spoke; The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why aren't we like that wise old bird." --Bromley   Although listening skills are not designed to replace...



A boy hugging a horse
Posted by Keveny Glynn
One of my students participated in an 11-week therapeutic riding program this fall and we wanted to find a way to incorporate literacy, communication, social interaction, and other skills.  He kept a weekly "journal" of his experience, which is...



Boy reads braille on his Christmas stocking
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
The holidays are an exciting time of year for children and there are lots of opportunities to incorporate literacy into the fun!  The ideas here include suggestions to make Christmas and Hanukkah more accessible to children with visual impairments or...



icon of Jaws software on a desktop computer
Posted by Sharon@TSBVI
JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is a popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and braille output for the most popular computer applications...



Mother reading with two sons
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
  The shopping is done and the presents are wrapped. The next thing to do is to put away the lists and make time to read aloud with your family.  This is something that can be enjoyed by everyone at any age and can include songs, poems, rhymes....



Teacher sitting on floor with a young boy looking at a braille book
Posted by Gwyn McCormack
Sighted children develop and gain knowledge and experience through incidental learning. During their first few years of life they have exposure to a vast range of visual symbols that convey meaning. They observe children and adults looking atprint and gaining...



Boy using tactile sign with his mother
Posted by Liamsmom
There are many reasons I tell stories to my child, Liam, who is deafblind. Storytelling is fun and motivating; stories can open up a whole new world to children in general, but especially to children who are deafblind. Storytelling can encourage conversation...



Young boy at the sink
Posted by Liz Barclay
Strategies for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Provide ample time for children to inspect any objects presented for exploration. This may be time spent in addition to circle time, either before or after, describing the salient features...



Young child plays the tambourine
Posted by Liz Barclay
From the moment a child is born, the journey of learning to integrate sensory information begins; vision combines with touch to help the infant make sense of what is perceived through the auditory sense.  Vision and hearing are the two senses...



A student holds a 3-D math manipulative
Posted by Tara Mason
There are numerous materials that will help students access the Common Core State Standards. These materials may be used to: access materials, exhibit knowledge and skills, or enhance learning activities associated with the CCSS. Presley and D’Andrea...



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