Braille and Literacy

Find information for pre-braille and braille skills for children who are blind as well as literacy ideas for kids with multiple disabilities.

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Braille and Literacy, Support

Bookshare’s Parent Ambassador Program

Bookshare, the free program that offers printed material in an accessible format to those who are unable to easily access printed material, is offering a free parent forum, allowing parents...

The cover of the Black Book of Colors is just that: black.

Braille and Literacy

Black Book of Colors

The Black Book of Colors uses raised illustrations, braille letters and imaginative descriptions to give sighted people a glimpse into the world of the blind. This is a great book...

17 Braille Innovations

Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

17 Braille Innovations That Don’t Exist Yet… But Should!

A lot of the coolest ideas involving braille aren't actually on the market yet. Listed here are some of my favorite braille concepts. And maybe if we reach out to...

Exploring Braille App

Braille and Literacy, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Exploring Braille App Review

Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff is an iPad app that teaches the braille alphabet while also introducing your child to the iPad, VoiceOver and a refreshable braille display.

Braille Magnet Board

Braille and Literacy

Make Your Own Braille Magnet Board

Erica used a metal oil drop pan to create this braille magnet board. Add some adhesive Velcro patches and magnets and you've got a fun (and educational) play space!

Braille beads kit including packets of beads, wire and instruction booklets

Braille and Literacy

Braille Beads: APH Starter Kit

This braille bead kit from APH provides beads with braille on one side and print letters on the other, for stringing into necklaces, bracelets, or any other jewelry item.

Young Ivan holding a book

Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

Braille for Babies

Hadley's free online family course "Braille & Your Baby or Toddler" teaches parents how to introduce braille and pre-literacy skills to their young children who are blind.

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Assistive Technology, Braille and Literacy

Accessible Braille Smart Phones

Smart phones and tablets have many accessibility features but are still basically smooth surfaces. Two new technologies try to change this by making tablets with tactile output or phones with...

Love Book

Braille and Literacy

Making a Love Book for your Visually Impaired Child

Kimberly will show you how to create a simple tactile photo book for your visually impaired child. You don't need to have extensive crafting skills to make a nice story...

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Braille and Literacy

Bookshare: Literacy Made Accessible!

Connor and Finley are two kids who are learning to read using the free service from Bookshare. They get free accessible books that they can access through their iPads.

Sadie Can Count Book

Braille and Literacy

Sadie Can Count Book in Large Print and Braille

Sadie Can Count is a wonderful book for beginners. It has large print and Braille text, full color and fully embossed pictures. Beginning readers, sighted, blind or visually impaired can...

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Braille and Literacy

Braille Resource Packet for Parents of Young Children

This is a collection of articles, book ideas, instructions and activities for parents who want to teach early literacy and braille skills to their young children who are blind.

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Braille and Literacy

National Braille Press

The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage...

braille blocks

Braille and Literacy

Decorative Braille Blocks

Decorative Braille blocks for sale on etsy! Any word, any color! Proceeds go to charity for kids with Albinism and its visual impairments!

Ivan's Book of Big and Little

Braille and Literacy

Make Your Own Big & Little Book!

Really good tactile books can be hard to find, especially if you are looking for tactile books that teach a simple concept like shapes or sizes. So why not make...

Dolly Parton with a little girl reading a braille book

Braille and Literacy

APH Teams Up with Dolly Parton to Offer Free Braille Books for Preschoolers

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library have teamed up to provide free audio and braille books to preschoolers with visual impairments!

SMART Brailler

Braille and Literacy

Perkins Unveils the SMART Brailler

Perkins Products introduces their revolutionary new brailler: The SMART Brailler. This new brailler has a small computer screen attached to the front of it so you can see (in both...

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Braille and Literacy

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to...

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Braille and Literacy

Seedlings Braille Books

Seedlings Braille Books for Children provides children's books in braille at reduced prices. They even have a free book program!

Dreaming Fingers

Braille and Literacy

Dreaming Fingers (Les Doigts Qui Revent)

Dreaming Fingers is a French organisation that specialises in tactile Illustrated books. They produce lovely books which can be adapted to any language.

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Braille and Literacy, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Braille Keyboard for Smartphones

Watch a video of an app developer demonstrating his new braille keyboard app on an iPhone. The new app will allow blind users to type using a touch screen.

Dr. Seuss's ABC App

Braille and Literacy, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Dr. Seuss’s ABC App Review

The iPad is the perfect platform to create interactive and accessible picture books for kids. Oceanhouse Media is doing just this with a large collection of Dr. Seuss books. Here's...

tactile pictures of animals

Braille and Literacy

Now I See What You See: Tactile Book for Blind Children

This is an educational tactile art and animal book for blind children. The artist created this book to help introduce visually impaired children to new experiences and expand their media...

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Braille and Literacy

Braille Requirements in the Law

NOPBC has created a much-needed resources that explains exactly how IDEA addresses braille needs in the classroom. Use this to help you develop your child's IEP.