Paths to Literacy for the Visually Impaired Students

For parents and teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired, this site offers strategies, lessons, technology tips, and guidance.

  • Here are a few of the resources available on Paths to Literacy:
  • Suggestions to help visually impaired children develop literacy, such as the use of story boxes
  • Ideas to help struggling readers, including blind dyslexic students
  • Ideas for developing math skills with tactile materials
  • Tips for reading and writing with Braille, and 15 lessons in using Braille
  • Guidance on how to use popular assistive technologies

Visually impaired children often have other disabilities.  The site provides strategies for dealing with companion conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia, and deafness.

With free registration, you can subscribe to a newsletter and contribute your own ideas and tips to the site.  Paths to Literacy also maintains a calendar of upcoming events and conferences of interest to the blind and visually impaired educational community.

Bookshare Audio and Braille eBook Library

Bookshare  is a free ebook library for  all pre-qualified U.S students with reading barriers, such as visual impairment or a reading diability. The library provides reading-challe3nged students access to over a million books and 150 periodicals that are converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech audio.

So students can read in a variety of ways:

  • Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
  • Create physical braille or large print
  • Read directly from your Internet browser

National Center for Blind Youth in Science

The National Center for Blind Youth in Science site has resources for students, teachers and parents. NCBYS Are has a STEM Resources section for students, broken down into specific STEM areas  There you can find information and links to everything from Braille periodic tables and tactile maps to talking thermometers and graphing calculators. In addition, the site provides information on several STEM programs and competitions for blind students. And in the Careers Section, students can learn more about blind professionals in the STEM fields. For teachers and parents there are articles and the latest research for working with vision-impaired students. note:  Some of the resources listed are free; others are fee-based.