Including Braille and Literacy in the Home: Don't Let Your Summer Be a Vast WastelandBy Cooper, Holly L., PhD; See/Hear, Vol. 10, No. 2
Publication Date: Spring 2005
Article provides suggestions for Braille and low vision literacy activities that can be worked on in students’ homes. The author discusses the use of Braille books, large print books, DAISY format CDs, and audio books in order to promote literacy during the summer break. A variety of resources are detailed, including the American Printing House (APH) for the Blind, which provides materials free to educational institutions. Individuals can purchase books and materials from APH, but a more practical method is for students and/or parents to provide a reading list to a teacher, who can obtain the books on loan free of charge. The author also discusses the Accelerated Reader (AR) book list, which can be used as a guide for which materials to choose. The AR uses popular children’s books as a source of content, and provides a test for each book on the list. Points are assigned for each book based on its level of difficulty, and many schools encourage students to read books on the list in order to accumulate extra credit points for reading at home.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Web Site: http://www.tsbvi.edu )
Link to text: http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/spring05/including.htm