One of the best ways to introduce a child with vision impairment to early reading is to develop some books that are about your child and their interests. There are many creative ideas that you could incorporate in your story, using those sounds, textures, colours and topics that you know are motivating for your child.
Learn what considerations make for a successful book.
Presented by Suzanne McKee , Education & Learning Practitioner, Royal Blind School
The reason for this type of messy play is to encourage fine and gross motor skills. This benefits the child for pre-braille learning. Watch our video on messy play and try it yourself with our dough recipes.
The Learning Hub has created a bank of 2D black line picture resources.
These are free to print to use as simplified pictures for those pupils with some vision or they can be used to create raised diagrams for blind pupils.
We will be regularly updating the content, but if you're after something in particular please get in touch.
Resource developed by Sally Paterson, Learning Hub manager
Producing tactile diagrams is time consuming and so it is important to consider what the purpose of the diagram is and how long it will be used for.
Presented by Sarah Hughes | 5 minutes
Watching this video you will learn that with tactile graphics it’s nothing at all to do with the way that they look it’s all about the way they feel. The way that blind or partially sighted people construct their understanding of tactile graphics will be entirely opposite to the way that we look at diagrams as sighted users.
There are many things to consider when making a tactile diagram and it can take a lot of practice to get it right. The main aim is to give pupils access to reliable information. It is important to remember that a symbol which is visually clear to us may have no value as a tactile symbol to our blind pupil.
This resource will give you more tips on making tactile diagrams.
Resource developed by the Royal Blind School
The following resources were developed to support a pupil with deteriorating vision, memory and cognitive ability.
Resource developed by Sarah Hughes and Gareth Peevers | 7 minutes
This screencast will show you how to use layers in the free image editing software paint.net to create one classroom resource that can be used for all pupils, with or without a visual impairment.
The screencast is intended for teachers who teach in mainstream schools with blind or partially sighted pupils. After watching the video you will know how to use layers in paint.net to create a tactile resource, and a print resource, in the same document.
This screencast will show you how to make a grid using MS word which you can then use as graph paper to create a tactile graph or chart to give to your pupils. This resource will be useful for maths teachers of blind or vision impaired young people.
After watching this video you will be able to create graph paper to your own specification in MS word that will be suitable for making a tactile graph or chart.