What should braille literacy instruction look like for the a young braille learner? Come join the Kansas Instructional Resource Center (KIRC), Kansas State School for the Blind & TASN as we host Anna Swenson to discuss how to teach braille!
Anna Swenson is a retired teacher of students with a visual impairment who is currently a consultant for the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). During her teaching career, she worked with numerous young braille learners in both itinerant and resource room settings, developing a passion for teaching reading and writing in braille. Anna has published articles on teaching in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and is the author of Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy from AFB Press. For the past 10 years, she has been part of the writing team that is revising Building on Patterns, the braille literacy program from APH.
A solid foundation of literacy skills is important for all young children. When working with braille learners in kindergarten or the primary grades, teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVIs) are not just teaching the braille code; they are also teaching reading and writing. This presentation will provide TSVIs with an overview of current best practices in teaching beginning literacy skills and discuss strategies, activities, and materials unique to braille instruction.
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