Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Book: There was an old lady that swallowed a rose with an APH book builder book and a plastic rose
Posted by Julia Vorobiev
My students with multiple disabilities love being able to hold and manipulate three-dimensional objects. I’ve found that even my students with the best vision who are able to interpret pictures are much more motivated by objects than they are by...



Student writing on an adapted sheet of paper with bold lines, highlighted, and less lines on the paper
Posted by Megan Chapman
How many different types of paper are our students asked to write on in school? The worksheets look different, the lines look different, the pages are cluttered, and our students are trying their best but many times struggle to keep their writing within...



Smart Grid
Posted by Jennifer Cousineau
Abstract: Illinois State University’s low vision and blindness (LVB) education majors, who are taking Dr. Shaheen’s  SED 365 class, are collaborated with ISU’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology(CeMaST) to make the Smart...



Cartoon type image with a boy and girl holding a large pencil on a chalkboard with ABC and a heart around it
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
As we count down the days until summer break, we busily wrap up our school year, reflect, tie up loose ends, look towards next year, and CELEBRATE our hard work. As tempting as it is to run and not look back at the end of the year, you will thank yourself...



cartoon type photo of self driving cars with a person crossing the street
Posted by Bezi Hendrickson
Whoever Braille sets free is free indeed! The word “freedom" is a word that comes to mind each time I think of the importance of learning braille. Someone may ask, “what does freedom have to do with learning braille?" Well, according to...



teens from behind with their arms around each other in an open field
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
Expanded Core Curriculum in the Summer When asking parents what they want their children to learn over the summer, many say daily living skills and social skills. Here are some great posts about summer, expanded core curriculum, and working on those...



Just Maria book cover with Maria walking down a street using her cane
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
Just Maria is the story of Maria Romero, a blind sixth-grader who is trying her hardest to be normal. Not amazing. Not inspiring. Not helpless. Not weird. Just normal. Normal is hard enough with her white cane, glass eyes, and bumpy books, but Maria...



plant on window in a container decorated by students with finger prints as bugs and butterflies
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
With Mother's Day approaching, here are a few fun ideas for students to make that incorporate literacy, creativity, and fine motor skills. Start with a Card All moms want a heart felt card at the very least on Mother's Day.  Make sure the...



HaptiRead: Reading Braille as Mid-Air Haptic with person displaying it
Posted by Leah Thomas
Student Research/Review of the HaptiRead: There are many uses for braille for individual’s with a visual impairments and read braille in their life. While investigating different ways to make the world more accessible for individuals with a visual...



Ankitha reading a book in braille
Posted by Liz Meraz-Valdez
Ankitha is a joyous, seven-year-old who lives in Alabama with her parents. She has been attending a School for the Blind the past five months and is nearing the completion of kindergarten. This is the longest Ankitha has been in school, uninterrupted. When...



CVI Summer Camp- students and 2 camp teachers sitting on steps with self made camp t-shirts matching
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
Paths to Literacy wants student success in the summer months too. Summertime is a perfect opportunity to create meaningful memories that carry over to all areas of development. Questions often asked by families when the summer months approach: What...



Great Expectations title with ribbon that states: bringing picture books to life
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
Picture Books for Children Who are Blind by the National Braille Press The Great Expectations program was created to help parents and teachers bring picture books to life for blind children. Each book is chosen for its unique theme and is supplemented...



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.  ...



Instructor and student hands on Wilson tiles on metal cookie sheet
Posted by Cyral Miller
The Wilson Reading System® (WRS)* can help struggling readers in 2-12th grades increase their literacy skills. Dr. Kay Pruett, Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.), demonstrates ways to adapt the Wilson Reading System in a way that is appropriate...



The Colors of Darkness book cover with ripped paper the colors of a rainbow wiht words; popcorn, chocolate, seashell, mountain, and baby
Posted by Feather Chelle
I am a single mother of five, living in Texas, along with two grandpuppies and two grandpiggies (guinea pigs). I am totally blind, due to a battle with Retinoblastoma, and enjoy homeschooling with my family. I love to teach and have been writing since the...



A is a dot one
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
These 26 Braille letter songs include the braille dot numbers and alphabetic word sign contractions for each letter of the English alphabet. Dot numbers are linked to consistent musical pitches to ensure that each song has a unique melody and to assist with...



Gloves, cutting board, measuring cups, and a knife
Posted by Amy Flores
In the State of Connecticut, as Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, we have access to students in many different districts. With just a few inquiries, a TVI in CT is able to compile a group of students of a similar age who use similar learning media...



Teaching tip tuesday braille and autism title with hands over a book
Posted by liz burrell
Teachers of the visually impaired work with a wide variety with students. Many of these students have additional needs beyond their visual impairment, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some students have both ASD and visual impairment, or they may have...



five light up plastice eggs
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
As the new content manager for Paths to Literacy, I am continually amazed at the amount of wonderful ideas, knowledge, and strategies collected throughout the years.  It is a goal of mine to highlight some past posts each season so they are continually...



Brown Bear, Brown Bear Book cove with a brown bear on it
Posted by Lisha Yochimowitz
Bill Martin was born on March 20, 1916 and has created many beloved books that have been a favorite for many of our children. Here are some great activities and resources you can use with children who are visually impaired. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...



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