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Whole word-signs used in grade-one Braille

September 8, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Brailling the alphabet

Figure 1: Alisha is practising writing the alphabet

Alisha is a sixteen year old student currently in year 12.  Alisha’s primary sensory channel for learning is vision which she supports with her auditory skills.

Alisha has a significant eye condition which is impacting greatly on her ability to access the curriculum despite the accommodations and adaptations made within the school. Continue Reading →

Scribbling with Braille: A 4 year old begins to write his own stories

March 22, 2012 by blennzict | 0 comments

Kohl checking his braille

Checking the braille

Kohl is learning to read and write braille. Using a Perkins brailler, Kohl is exploring how to make the patterns of dots on paper that make up letters and words to tell his stories.

Mark Tweedale (BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision) describes how the education team have introduced the brailler into Kohl’s literacy toolkit and the importance of “scribbling” as a stepping stone to brailing accurate letter shapes.

Mark also describes the introductory activities Kohl has participated in to build his finger strength and gain an understanding of the physical shape and functions of each part of the Perkins brailler. Continue Reading →

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