Literacy & Braille

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Grand, old tree in a secluded leafy garden

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.

Fingers feel the page of a tactile story book that describes a star shapePresented 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.

Pupil with VI uses a screen magnifier on a PC as she types "Wednesday"

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.

Page from a tactile book with a large "m" written in text.  Assorted sized coins are fixed on the page and there are braille labelsIt is important to introduce books and print (Braille) to children with vision impairment as early as you would for a sighted child.

Tactile book, with the number 10 on the left page and ten small furry balls stuck to the right

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. 

Sensory story kit: furry toy cat and packet of crisps in a basket, a net and the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch bookUsing 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.

Pupil with VI and complex needs feels a toy cat as the teacher reads the sensory story

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.

Teacher checks a pupil's brailleFor a new or young Braille user, or those supporting them, it can be difficult to remember all the steps in the correct order and this can sometimes lead to frustration.

This guide gives a simple list of steps to follow

Pupil types on a Perkin's Brailler

Presented by Sally Paterson | 4 minutes

A Brailler is like a Braille typewriter. Although electronic Braille Notes are popular today, a Brailler is still an essential tool for producing Braille on paper.

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