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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

Open up the world of Braille literacy to your students!

February 3, 2017

Guest post by Stacie Brady, AIM-VA

Welcome to supporting an awareness of literacy for students who use Braille. Braille literacy is directly linked to print literacy, academic success, and future employment. It unlocks many doors both personally for enjoyment and independence as well as professionally, leading to greater satisfaction and fulfillment toward a life well-lived!

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As educators, we can support Braille instruction in school by engaging students and helping to grow their literacy knowledge. Check out the options below:

Take the Braille Challenge!

Join the fun with the 2017 Braille Challenge! The Braille Challenge© is an academic reading and writing competition to motivate and challenge blind and visually impaired students while rewarding them through fun activities both locally and nationally. The challenge involves activities focused on reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs. This year’s 2017 Braille Challenge ends with the top finalist meeting in Los Angeles in June for the National Braille Challenge.

Check out the Braille Bug©

Have your kids be the teacher and teach sighted classmates about braille while they use the tools, games, and stories on the website, The Braille Bug. The Braille Bug is a website sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. It is a great resource to expose peers to braille by using fun facts as well as activities to learn about braille.

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