January is Braille Literacy Month, in honor of the birthday of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809. We now celebrate National World Braille Day on January 4 in honor of his legacy.
Paths to Literacy offers many, many resources for different user groups: sighted parents who would like a basic exposure to braille to support their blind or visually impaired child, teachers of students with visual impairments, exposing sighted children to the basics of braille code for understanding their peers.
Here’s a taste of the resources you’ll find at the Paths to Literacy website:
- Braille Bug (American Printing House)
- Braille Chart for Sighted Classmates Learning Braille Visually (by Jessica McDowell, TVI)
- Fun Sheets (from the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness)
- Dots for Families – Free lessons for families to learn the basics of braille.
- Tactile Books for Very Young Children
- Louis Braille Timeline Game
- Video from Perkins School for the Blind presents interviews with braille users of different ages who talk about the value of braille in school, work, and the community.
Learn more on the Paths to Literacy website.