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Literacy and Braille
These braille courses are for sighted family members and professionals who want to learn braille.
For students with deafblindness or multiple disabilities that include blindness, literacy may call for options other than braille or print.
Students with low vision need careful assessment to determine whether print, braille, or both are the appropriate learning media.
The Learning Media Assessment identifies the best reading format for a student: print, braille, audio, objects, or some combination.
These links offer history and consumer information about the Perkins Brailler and other braille writers on the market.
Teaching tips and resources for braille instruction, and explore the debate about teaching contracted versus uncontracted braille.
Connect with books and reading materials in formats accessible to people with blindness or visual impairments: braille, large print, recorded, and electronic.
The work of literacy begins in infancy. Emergent literacy is the cognitive knowledge small children gather about language, reading, and writing long before they learn to read. This knowledge is...
Most children aim for basic or academic literacy, which is the ability to use reading as a tool to gain more knowledge.
This activity will teach blind and visually impaired students about historical figures by using biography boxes.
This webinar presents an introduction to the Braille Mini.
This cooking project can be used as a simple activity or expanded to include multiple skills and goals.
Use meaningful language and tangible symbols to create an accessible schedule calendar.
Kids will enjoy giving and receiving these tangible Valentines, perfect for building holiday concepts.
This lesson examines oppression through physical activity and the annotation of poem. It focuses on making the lesson accessible to VI student.
This lesson is a review of the three branches of government in preparation for a test on Checks and Balances.
This ELA lesson poses challenges for students with visual impairments because of the independent walking around the classroom viewing things hanging on the wall.
Explore the natural world with an active hands-on sensory hunt for various plants.
A lesson about the Underground Railroad that focuses on making it accessible for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Kids will have fun developing their pincer grasp with this alphabet card hanging activity!
No classroom is complete without an adapted version of Go Fish!
Practice pre-braille skills including tactile discrimination, sorting, and object identification in this simple game!
Establish an understanding of time as applied to clocks, daily schedules and duration of activities.
Use an adapted daily calendar to reinforce the concept of time through the school year.
Use the beat of a drum as an adapted "Red Light, Green Light" game for listening skills!
Practice object identification through tactile and visual cues adapted for the individual student.
Make simple flashcards to introduce students to the alphabet!
Use real objects along with print and braille to introduce letter sounds and blends!
Use daily living activities to practice a variety of independence skills.
Encourage self-expression and the development of imagination with this activity!
Use objects to demonstrate positional words for better comprehension.
Introduce tactile graphics and map concepts with a representation of a familiar area!
Label objects and areas in the classroom to help build early literacy.
Make a tactile counting book to introduce number sense!
Create tactile journals for art or as a strategy for teaching math using concrete manipulatives.
Make a classroom quilt of memories that all children can enjoy!
Help students understand chronological order using the Anne of Green Gables book.