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Perkins Publications

Over the past several years Perkins has made a concerted effort to encourage and assist our staff and people with whom we work, to share their knowledge and expertise with professionals, families and others beyond the Perkins campus. This has resulted in many new and exciting trainings, webcasts and publications. Here are just a few examples of some recent Perkins publications.

NEW iBOOK Introducing Braille

The focus of this iBook is to help children to become excited about reading and writing braille and to be curious and confident as they explore it. It is to introduce children to why we read and write braille, and to how reading and writing are integrated.

Developed to encourage and guide teachers and families as they usher young students into the exciting world of braille literacy. It is created for those children in the transitional phase, those who have already experienced the very earliest braille literacy events like forming basic concepts/vocabulary and exploring rhyming words, but who are not yet participating in formal braille instruction, which generally begins in Kindergarten or first grade.

Buy this book on iTunes.

 Introducing Braille book cover

NEW Alternate Routes: Adapting Orientation and Mobility Techniques

This video and companion booklet is a resource for orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists working with students who are having trouble learning standard O&M techniques.

Adapted O&M techniques are presented that are appropriate for children and adults who have physical and/or cognitive disabilities in addition to visual impairment.

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 Alternate Routes book cover

NEW Total Life Learning: Preparing for Transition. A Curriculum for All Students with Sensory Impairments

Developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.

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Sports for Everyone: A Handbook for Starting Sports Camps for Children with Visual Impairments

The purpose of this manual is to provide potential camp directors with material and information that will help them run a successful camp that empowers children with visual impairments, blindness and deafblindness to participate in sports to the best of their ability.

This manual can be used with children of various disabilities and is also applicable to other disciplines such as arts and crafts, recreation, science, etc.

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Cover of Sports for Everyone book showing two children running on a track

Help Yourself: Mealtime Skills for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

This publication is a how-to guide for parents and professionals working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. It provides specific examples for various mealtime skills including: pouring, spreading, serving, cutting and slicing, and using condiments.

Good mealtime skills can help prevent social isolation for children and children with visual impairments who do not have the chance to learn by observing and imitating others. They need explicit instruction and feedback to gain the information and skills needed to fit in with peers.

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Cover of Help Yourself: Mealtime Skills for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired book

Making Science Accessible

This book is designed for the science teacher in the mainstream science classroom working with a student with visual impairments. The book offers a variety of multisensory activities, suggestions for easy adaptations and readily available equipment that can help all students learn basic physics concepts. Activities included in the book are based on the National Science Education Standards to which most states have aligned their science curricula.

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Cover image of Making Science Accessible: A Guide for Teaching Introductory Physics to Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Communications and Congenital Deafblindness

This publication consists of four booklets on Communication and Deafblindness, each with its own focus. They have been written to support and inspire individuals and teams around each person with deafblindness.

A companion DVD is included with each booklet to illustrate the concepts described. The booklets are based on the work of Deafblind International’s Communication Network.

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Undaunted by Blindness

This book provides concise biographical information about 400 notable people who are blind. Author and history lover Cliff Olstrom was inspired to write this book by the many interesting lives he read about in his studies.

The subjects come from every historical period and every walk of life: musicians, writers, administrators, innovators, teachers, singers, politicians, songwriters, composers, athletes, poets, ministers, scientists, judges, physicians, radio broadcasters, mathematicians, philanthropists, historians, businesspeople and actors.  Many were born blind, and others made their greatest contributions after becoming blind later in life.

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Drawing With Your Perkins Brailler

Written by Braille & Talking Book Library Director, Kim Charlson, Drawing With Your Perkins Brailler contains step-by-step directions for creating 36 different drawings ranging from basic to highly intricate. Drawings include shapes, various animals, and pictures with holiday and transportation themes.

The actual braille pictures are included to show what the drawings will look and feel like when completed. This book shows both sighted and blind readers that braille can be used to create visual pictures. Available in large print and braille editions.

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Cover of Drawing With Your Perkins Brailler, a girl using the Next Generation Perkins Brailler

How We See It: A Basic Guide to Low Vision

How We See It is a guide that provides a good foundation for understanding low vision in children. Topics include an understanding of vision, different categories of vision loss and how it may affect functioning.

It also provides very practical information about preparing children for low vision examinations along with common environmental adaptations. It is a valuable resource for aspiring teachers, personnel preparation programs in special education and for parents.

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Book cover: How We See It: A Basic Guide to Low Vision

Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines

Deafblindness: Education Service Guidelines was developed as a collaborative efforts among leaders in the field of deafblindness, the National Family Association for the Deafblind, State Deafblind project and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

This publication is a best practice guide that educational administrators at the state, local and program levels can use to understand the implications of combined vision and hearing losses on learning; and to recognize the need for specialized assessment, program planning and service delivery.

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Book cover: Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines

For a complete list of Perkins Publications and to order books online, visit the Perkins Products store.