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Royal Blind pupil, LewisCooking Skills for Young People with Vision Impairment

We've added an inspiring new video to our Social & Independent Living Skills section of the website. For people who are blind or partially sighted, cooking can seem rather daunting. However, learning about cooking and gaining practical skills in the kitchen can make a young person with vision impairment much more independent.

Here is a short video of Royal Blind School pupil Lewis, sharing his experiences of learning how to cook for himself as someone with a vision impairment.

Watch Cooking Skills for Young People with Vision Impairment.

 
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by Learning Hub - Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:24 AM
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This week's sign is "Orange."

Tap fingertips into palm of same hand, in squeezing action.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

 
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By Lauren Lockhart, Languages Teacher, Royal Blind School.

Read part 10 of the blog.

Ideas for games in Modern Foreign Languages

What's in the box?

This activity puts partially sighted pupils with blind pupils on a level playing field, in fact, pupils with no vision usually win this one! Get a shoe box and cut out two holes in the top, large enough to fit hands through. Put realia, such as a CD, a pair of glasses, a spoon etc. into the shoe box and the pupils take it in turns to feel and guess what is in the box.

Braille Hangman

Create a braille tray (useful for many things). You can use a lunch tray and stick Velcro spots on it about 2cms apart. Braille lots of letters and put Velcro on the back of them. The teacher thinks of a word and the pupils suggest letters in French. If they are right, stick the letter on the appropriate spot.

lunch tray with velcro spots stuck in rows for hangman game

Tactile Battleships

I have actually used an unmodified battleship board for this, as long as the holes are easy to feel. You could also use apple boxes or egg boxes. The letters across the horizontal axis represent ‘je’ ‘tu’ ‘il’ ‘elle’ ‘nous’ etc. and the numbers across the vertical axis represent the verbs ‘aimer’ ‘jouer’ ‘regarder’ etc. The pupil has to create the correct subject and verb comibination before they can sink a ship. Remember to say “coulé” for sunk and “raté” for missed!

Braille Bingo

I used card from a toy game which had windows in it (see picture). I then brailled some numbers between 1 and 20 (you can also do numbers from 10 to 200 counting in tens) and glued them behind the windows. These are then permanent bingo cards for Braille users. Alternatively, the pupil can come up with their own bingo numbers on a Brailler but this is sometimes more fun and saves time.

large piece of card with 4 windows cut in it

Word Games

I found this DIY game (see picture) for SNAP but wrote letters in large print and put sticky braille on them. They are visually quite different from the back to the front so great for pupils with low vision. You can play SNAP or any sort of word game with them, including Hangman. This could be used for any subject and for learning Braille.

Cards with letters in large print and braille

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by Learning Hub - Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 9:55 AM
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This week's sign is "Yogurt."

Brush fingertips across chin.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

 
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by Learning Hub - Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 10:58 AM
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By Karen Osterloh, Royal Blind School Librarian

The Royal Blind School has been making use of the tactile resources of the Living Paintings’ Library for some time now. We are always looking for ways to foster a love of reading and Living Paintings books help to make stories more real for our pupils with a vision impairment. Living paintings books come with raised tactile images of the characters or items mentioned in the book, so that pupils can explore the story through touch as well as sound. The tactile images in their “Touch to see” collection bring stories to life; and accompanying braille and audio help to consolidate learning.

Anyone can join the Living Paintings Library for free including teachers, parents and organisations, and their titles are suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult.

Our recent loans have included “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson complete with tactile images of the witch and cauldron, a broom with the cat, dog and bird and the dragon. They also have topical packs. For example, the “Explore the seashore” pack contains a tactile map of the British Isles and various shells, pirates and seaside wildlife objects.

Another useful resource is the Living Paintings Discovery Hub which supports various subject areas (e.g. science, transport, dinosaurs) with music, audio, video and links to various educational resources.

The Online Library is easy to search for book titles or topics and can be searched by various criteria including age, school year group, braille grade, and restricted by media type.

Living Paintings’ brilliant resources enrich the learning experience for our pupils and help make learning more fun!

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by Learning Hub - Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:53 PM
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This week's sign is "Dirty."

Make two fists, cross hands at wrist and knock wrists together, twice.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:15 AM
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This week's sign is "Clean."

Sweep palm of one hand along palm of opposite hand quickly, several times.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

 
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by Learning Hub - Friday, 14 September 2018, 11:30 AM
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This week's sign is "Same."

Point first finger of both hands forwards, bring side of hands together, tap once.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

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by Learning Hub - Monday, 3 September 2018, 10:11 AM
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This week's sign is "Crisps."

Rub thumb against tips of other four fingers.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.


 
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Organisation and Adaptations in the Kitchen for Vision Impaired People

Blind pupil slices a potato using the bridge methodWe've added an inspiring new video to our Social & Independent Living Skills section of the website. For people who are blind or partially sighted, cooking can seem rather daunting. However, by adapting working techniques in the kitchen and using special equipment and signifiers, people with a vision impairment can still enjoy preparing food.

In the video, Lewis shows us step by step the processes of how he prepares food in the kitchen.

We hope these tips give you a few ideas on how you can support vision impaired pupils to use a kitchen with confidence.

Watch Organisation and Adaptations in the Kitchen for Vision Impaired People.

[ Modified: Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 1:55 PM ]