Learning Media Assessment (LMA)

The Learning Media Assessment identifies the best reading format for a student­--print, braille, audio, objects, or some combination . The links and articles in this section explain how educators make this assessment, an essential early step in formal literacy education.
California School for the Blind (CSB)
CSB's site links to the forms used in assessment of learning media, including functional vision assessment, use of sensory channels, indicators of reading readiness, reading media preference, and functional literacy.
Colorado Department of Education
Find answers to common questions about the law regarding braille and learning media assessments in this three-page document; included are numerous resources for more information.
American Federation for the Blind (AFB)
Educators Alan J. Koenig, Mary Jean Sanspree, and M. Cay Holbrook state "the position of DVI regarding the determination of the reading medium for students with visual impairments."
Paths to Literacy
This section of the Paths to Literacy site includes an overview of the Learning Media Assessment (LMA), Learning Media Assessment Educational Module, guidelines for deciding between print and braille, special considerations if the child has a hearing loss, and sample learning media assessments.
Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
A brief overview of LMA is offered to parents, with related links to alternate media and assessments.

Other Literacy Assessment Information

Perkins eLearning Tutorial and Webinar
In this 60-minute presentation Frances Mary D'Andrea addresses the importance of monitoring students’ progressive skills as they develop as readers and writers.

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