Literacy and Braille
Literacy & Braille
- Braille Instruction
- Braillers & Braille Technology
- Emergent Literacy
- Literacy for Students with Low Vision
- Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities
- Online Braille Courses
- Prebraille Skills
- Resources for Families
- Sources of Braille Books and Materials
- Spanish Braille Resources
- The Learning Media Assessment
- Unified English Braille Code
- What is Braille?
Literacy at its simplest means the ability to read and write, but it starts with comprehension and encompasses many media and formats, including listening, speaking, and object communication. Most children aim for basic or academic literacy, which is the ability to use reading as a tool to gain more knowledge. Others will strive to attain functional literacy, which supports the activities of daily life. This section offers an introduction to the forms of literacy for children who are blind and visually impaired, ranging from tactile symbols and calendar boxes to print and braille.
Paths to Literacy
This site, which is a collaboration between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, is designed to be an online hub for all aspects of literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. It includes sections on General Literacy, Learning Media Assessment, Emergent Literacy, Multiple Disabilities, Braille, Struggling Readers, Print, Writing, Dual Media, English Language Learners, Auditory Strategies, and Math Literacy. It is an interactive site, and users can submit strategies, technology, resources, and research. There is also a forum questions and discussion on any aspect of literacy. Get a tour of the site here, through a recorded webinar.
Every Child is a Potential Reader
Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins examines literacy as a powerful communication tool, much more than just the ability to read and write. Included are a look at the motivating function of literacy, literacy kits, assistive technology, and additional literacy resources.
Tools for Literacy
Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
This article introduces the range of literacy options for children with visual impairments, including print, braille, and symbol systems.
Writing: The Forgotten Focus for Literacy and Communication Instruction
Perkins eLearning Tutorial
This tutorial suggests fun and motivating story telling and writing exercises for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Literacy Fact Sheets for the Learner who is Blind/Visually Impaired
Colorado Department of Education
Reaching literacy goals for students with blindness or visual impairment calls for a team approach. These information sheets provide guidelines for each member of the education team, and help parents understand their own integral role.
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