Literacy and Braille Resources

Literacy at its simplest means the ability to read and write. However, 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.

This document is based on the braille code used in the UK to transcribe Spanish braille.

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Overview of UEB, including rule and guidelines, tools for remembering changes in the code, online training courses, lessons for teaching braille students UEB, videos and more!

Source: Paths to Literacy

This section of the Paths to Literacy site includes an overview of literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities, including deafblindness. Includes information about instructional strategies, tips for creating books, and more.

Source: Paths to Literacy

AFB's short introduction describes what braille looks like, how it was invented, and how it is written.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This tutorial suggests fun and motivating story telling and writing exercises for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Perkins eLearning

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