Braille Tales Builds a Foundation for a Lifetime of Literacy

Editorā€™s note: Early literacy via exposure to braille at young ages is important for children who are blind or low vision. Dolly Partonā€™s Imagination Library provides books to children to provide exposure to literacy. But what about the children who need exposure to braille? Braille Tale is part of the solution. Braille Tales is the … Continued

TeenTober: Cultivating a Fondness for Reading

Editorā€™s note:TeenToberā„¢ is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. Today we look at inspiring your teen who is blind or low vision to … Continued

Braille Literacy Month: Emergent Literacy for Individuals Who Are Blind or Deafblind

Have you ever thought about how people learn? As I have written on previously (for instance, in the blog Explore an Orchard with Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired), and as you have no doubt witnessed in your own learning endeavors and when teaching your child(ren), individuals learn when they are able to make connections.  People arenā€™t blank slates on which we simply download or impart information; individuals understand concepts … Continued

Preparing Your Child Who is Blind or Low Vision for Kindergarten

Such a whirlwind of bittersweet emotionsā€”kindergarten is approaching! Itā€™s hard to believe how quickly the years have passed, isnā€™t it? Your little one went from complete dependence on you to making strides toward independence. Thankfully your childā€™s absolute preciousness hasnā€™t changed, but their level of autonomy has. So, letā€™s take a look at how you can be preparing your child for increased independence in preparation for kindergarten.  Working … Continued

Are You a Parent Wondering If You Should Learn Braille? Here Are Five Reasons to Consider Doing So

Since learning of your childā€™s visual impairment, I am sure there have been millions of questions running through your head. How is he going to play? How is she going to learn how to walk? How is he going to learn in school? Will she be able to live independently? Who is going to teach … Continued

National Freedom of Information Day, and Your Childā€™s Right to Braille

The National Freedom of Information Day (March 16th) is a day Americans, with renewed energy, re-mind ourselves of the importance of government transparency. We the people have a right to information.   The very idea of ā€œfreedom of informationā€ re-energizes and re-minds me that people who are blind AND people who have low vision have a right to information. They have a right to access stories, … Continued

Catching Up With The Homework Hotline

Imagine wrapping up your last zoom meeting of the day to find out that your child is struggling with arrays and factors and you are at a loss to translate what you learned about multiplication into the new terms your childā€™s school is using to explain math concepts. Now imagine your child is also using braille … Continued