The Importance of Inclusion in Mainstream Schools
As the majority of children with vision impairment, including those who are blind, are educated within mainstream provision it is important that they are as included as possible in the structures and routines of the class. Even in primary school each child has a jotter for a specific curriculum area and it is important that your pupil with vision impairment is no different.
Children who write in braille often work on single sheets of paper which can get lost and are held in a cumbersome binder. It is important for a pupil to feel that they are the same as their peers and so having colour coded braille jotters labelled with braille and print encourages this sense of belonging to the class. Jotters can also be customised further with a tactile school logo if this is also present on the standard jotters.
The use of clear sticky braille allows information underneath to be read by sighted pupils, whereas the black sticky braille allows sighted and tactile reading of the braille. Both can be used to suit the needs or preferences of the pupil. Tactile signifiers of any kind can be used instead of the buttons as long as the pupil has an understanding of which type/ colour of jotter each represents.
Children are expected to be ‘jotter monitors’ and making braille jotters in this way allows all the children take responsibility. Independence skills are encouraged from the earliest stages of education and having a clear system to quickly identify their own jotters encourages organisational skills and peer interaction.
Watch our video on How to Make Accessible Jotters.