Literacy & Braille

Braille is a system of raised dots that are read with the fingers. It has gradually become the accepted code for use by people with vision impairment in most countries of the world.

By Aine Murphy, Drama Teacher, Royal Blind School

Making a story multi-sensory, by adding touch, smell and sound, is a way of bringing stories to life for blind and partially sighted pupils. Multi-sensory stories are particularly important for pupils with complex needs and vision impairment.

Educators can use a little imagination, resourcefulness and creativity, to bring stories and poems alive to give young people with vision impairment a rich and rewarding experience.

This interactive resource shows how educators at the Royal Blind School wrote the poem The Weather Tree and made it multi-sensory by adding, touch, smell and sound.

Presented by Sally Paterson | 46 minutes

Seeing is our dominant sense and it is our main route for gaining information quickly and accurately. So this means that young children who have a reduction in that vision are going to spend a lot of time catching up with the information that they need to learn.

In this screencast you will learn the principles of early years tactile graphics, and about teaching vision impaired young people how to find information using their hands.

Screencast presented by Pam Young | 19 minutes

Literacy is an essential aspect of every child's education. Braille is a tactile reading code that enables blind and partially sighted people to access information by touch. Pre-Braille skills use a multi-sensory approach to help develop skills and a love for reading.

It is important to introduce books and print (Braille) to children with vision impairment as early as you would for a sighted child.

Presented by Sally Paterson | 6 minutes

80% of our learning is through sight. In the early years, much of this learning is done through observation. For the vision impaired young child, tactile illustrations and graphics are crucial to learning and understanding the world around them. 

Using a little imagination, resourcefulness and creativity, educators can bring stories alive and give young people a rich and rewarding experience. Making a sensory kit to go with a story can help bring it alive for a pupil who can't see the pictures and words on a page.

Presented by Amber Hayden | 6 minutes

Making a story multi-sensory by adding touch, smell and sound is important to bring stories to life for blind pupils. Multi-sensory stories are particularly important for pupils with multiple disabilities and vision impairment.