January is Braille Literacy Month. Invented by Louis Braille, at the age of 15 years old while attending the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris. Braille lost his sight during a childhood accident at the age of 4. Braille is not a language, rather it is a code that uses symbols formed within units of space that consists of six raised dots , 2 across and 3 down.
The following sites describe Braille:
The following links below include resources on teaching braille:
Braille Teaching Resources
- A kitchen curriculum for the parents of visually impaired children. A functional skills curriculum for visual impaired children from infants to 12 on up.
- 3 tips for teaching young children with a visual impairment how to become strong readers. Kristen Smith describes ways to prepare young children for reading including creating story boxes, and using all the senses.
- 5 ways to teach your blind child how to use an iPad. This article includes a few demonstration via videos and an infographic.
- 10 strategies for teaching math to children with visual impairments. Hillary Kleck shares ten strategies for teaching math to children who are blind or visually impaired.
- Creating a theme for your braille classroom. Liz Eagan shares tips and suggestions on creating a braille station in the classroom.
- Fun ways to teach braille to partially sighted students. Game activities for students that are partially sighted braille readers.
- Tips for promoting braille in the classroom. A number of suggestions that give students the opportunity to explore and understand braille
- Ten tips to help you teach yourself braille. Wonder Baby’s article includes a braille cheat sheet and a downloadable Braille alphabet and numbers sheet.
- Teaching Braille Writing. Tracy Fitch outlines 5 ways to help new learners on using a braille writer.
- Tracking activities for pre-braille learners. Resources including a variety of tactile material that can be glued to index cards or braille paper