A Braille Spelling Dictionary for Beginning Writers is a manual for teaching braille spelling to students who are blind or have low vision. This one-volume braille dictionary contains 1,400 words, listed alphabetically without definitions, enabling elementary school-age children to look up the spelling of words independently. The dictionary is in both print and braille, so sighted and blind children and teachers or parents can use it together.
ABCs of Braille, by Bernard Krebs, model 5-00200-00, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This braille textbook provides a simplified introduction to the characters and rules of English braille. The plan and layout of instructional materials are designed to assist both the teacher and the student.
The AFB Braille Alphabet Card is a braille alphabet card designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The card is embossed with the braille alphabet and braille numbers, and includes an explanation of braille and a short history of its development. DIMENSIONS (HxW): 9x 4 inches.
Alphabet & Numeral Cards, model 23-7001-3, are braille alphabet cards showing each English letter and numeral with its corresponding braille character. Each card has a blank space at the bottom for printing an organization or company name. DIMENSIONS: 3.5 x 1 inches.
Beginning Braille for Adults, by Mabel Nading and Ramona Waldhof, is a braille reading tutorial program designed to teach braille to adults and high school students who are blind or have low vision. The textbook covers the braille alphabet, numbers, punctuation, and Grade 2 abbreviations and contractions. It is written entirely in Braille, with an accompanying instructional cassette, and can be used for self-instruction or in Braille classes.
Beginning with Braille, by Anna Swenson, is a braille instruction manual designed for use by teachers of students who are blind or have low vision. This is the braille edition of Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy, published by AFB Press (see separate entry). This book contains real-life case studies of beginning reading and writing instruction, with practical teacher-friendly strategies for getting students started toward braille literacy.
Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy, by Anna M. Swenson, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of children who are blind or have low vision. The text provides activities for promoting literacy at the early stages of braille instruction. It includes creative and practical strategies for designing and delivering braille instruction and offers suggestions for reading aloud to young children, selecting and making early tactile bo
The Braille Alphabet and Number Card, model 1-04020-00, is a braille alphabet and number card designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This card can be used to increase the awareness of braille among print readers. It presents the alphabet, numbers, and selected punctuation signs in braille and in regular type. A simple sentence in Grade 1 braille is included to allow for translation practice.
Braille Alphabet Cards are designed for use with individuals who are blind or have low vision. Each card shows the alphabet and numbers in standard print and Braille. The cards come in a package of 100.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of an educational device to assist individuals who are blind or have low vision to transition into Braille literacy. The Braille Buddy is a 2-phase educational device aimed to assist individuals who are blind or low vision with the most difficult stages of learning Braille (e.g., reading and writing). The Braille Buddy folds down into an easy-to-hold device that expands to and includes the Braille cell and the Braille keyboard. In Stage 1,
The Braille Bug Alphabet Card is a braille alphabet card designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. This colorful card is designed to help teach the braille alphabet. It is embossed with the braille alphabet, numbers, and commonly used punctuation. The reverse features a brief description of braille and how it is used. DIMENSIONS (HxW): 9 x 3 inches.
Braille training materials to increase speed and accuracy in recognition of contractions, word signs and short-form words in braille. The Kit provides materials for five students: Braille booklet of 5 print sets, BCR lists 1-20; print copy of Directions for BCR Lists; print booklet of BCR Exercises; braille booklet of BCR Exercises; print copy of Percentage Accurate Conversion Table; Braille Progress Charts. The Teacher's Kit consists of a 30-minute instructional cassette, 2 sets of practice/ass
Braille Connection: A Braille Reading and Writing Program for Former Print Users is a braille tutorial program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The program guides adult and teenage former print readers from tactual discrimination to Grade 1 Braille, which corresponds to print, and then through Grade 2 Braille, the standard code for braille books and magazines. The instructional program is designed to be used under the supervision of a qualified braille teacher. T
Braille Contraction Sheets are pamphlets designed for use in teaching braille to individuals who are blind or have low vision. These pamphlets contain many of the common Grade 2 braille units, including contractions, word signs, short-form words, punctuation, and composition signs. OPTIONS: Available in braille (5-35960-00) or print (7-35960-00).
The Braille Enthusiast's Dictionary, compiled and edited by Koenig and Holbrook, is a braille manual designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This volume presents braille transcriptions of more than 29,000 common and not-so-common words in the English language. All listings are in conformity with the latest revisions of the braille code. Syllabic divisions are shown for words in inkprint, and a listing of prefixes and suffixes is given for all those words in which a cont
The Braille is Beautiful Curriculum Set is designed to promote braille literacy and awareness of Braille among students who are blind or have low vision as well as others in the 4th through 6th grades. It suggests a variety of learning formats including full group discussion, small work groups, fact sheets, quizzes, interactive games, and applied projects. This curriculum set includes a course discussion guide, a service learning guidebook, six slates and styluses, 30 Braille workbooks, six deck
The Braille is Beautiful Video Set is a braille instruction kit designed to promote braille literacy and general awareness of Braille among students who are blind or have low vision, as well as others in the 4th through 6th grades, and their teachers and parents. This instructional set includes two videos about Braille, "Jake and the Secret Code" and "That the Blind May Read." It also includes a course instruction guide, a Braille slate and stylus for Braille writing demonstrations, and a Braill
The Braille Literacy Curriculum, by Diane P. Wormsley, is a manual for teaching braille to students who are blind or have low vision. This manual supports the goals of the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities. It emphasizes outcomes, presents strategies for incorporating braille into the total curriculum, and provides resources, references, and tips and techniques for making braille come alive for the student
Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach, by Diane P. Wormsley with contributions by Frances Mary D'Andrea, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of individuals who are blind or have low vision and cognitive disabilities. The book is a practical resource for teachers of students challenged by learning braille through traditional methods because of additional physical or cognitive disabilities, the inability to speak English well, or difficulty in making the transition from
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ---PURPOSE: To serve as an aid for teaching braille to students who are blind or visually impaired. Cut apart rubber peg mats (sold in school supply stores) to form separate six-dot braille cells. Press pegs into the appropriate holes to form braille characters. AUTHOR: Johnson, P.J. TITLE: Braille Peg Boards Are a Good Fit. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter 2005: p. 166. PAGES: 2 (including cover).
The Braille Series is a Braille reading tutorial program designed for teaching braille to students who are blind or have low vision. The set includes a set of three textbooks, with Book 1 covering Grade 1 braille, Book 2 covering Grade 2 braille, and Book 3 covering advanced Grade 2 braille. OPTIONS: Each volume is available in a Braille version and a print version for sighted teachers or parents.
The Braille Trail: An Activity Book, by Frances Mary D'Andrea and Anna M. Swenson, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of children who are blind or have low vision. The book provides an introduction to braille with games, graphics, activities, and information on braille, assistive technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired and are by readers of braille, and the biographies of Helen Keller and Louis Braille. The book is based on the Braille Bug, which i
Braillewriting Dot by Dot is a braille writing program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This training program provides instruction in writing braille with either a braillewriter or a slate and stylus. The kit includes a Teacher's Manual with ten basic lessons in each writing method and three Beyond the Basics lessons; an Exercise Cassette with dictation exercises; an Alphabet Etc. braille reference sheet; and a Peg Slate and Big Cell teaching device for the slate
Bumps is a braille training program to teach sighted people who want to learn the braille alphabet. The program allows a person to learn the braille alphabet in three ways. In the Quick Reference mode, all 26 letters are displayed on the screen, with or without their equivalent English letters, and the user taps on a letter to fill the full screen. The Flash Cards mode displays braille letters randomly, and the equivalent English letter appears after a time period selected by the user. Finally,
The Burns Braille Transcription Dictionary, by Mary F. Burns, is a braille dictionary designed for use by producers of braille text for individuals who are blind or have low vision. This handbook is a reference tool for checking print-to-braille and braille-to-print meanings and symbols. It provides the braille alphabet, contractions, punctuation, and signs and symbols for braille, as well as brief descriptions of rules for their use. The handbook is organized into four sections aimed at providi
DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To help a first grade Braille student learn to read and spell Braille words. To convert an unused business card to this purpose, punch a hole in the top left corner and cut off the upper right corner of the card. Then, braille and print the word to be learned on the card. Finally, attach the card to a metal ring by putting the ring through the hole in the upper left corner. The ring can be attached to the student's bookbag. TITLE: Business Cards for Learning Bra
DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide large braille dots for games, teaching activities, and bulletin boards. Use damaged, advertising, or obsolete CD disks for braille enhancement activities. Place disks on a sheet of black paper to enhance contrast and ask questions such as "How many letters can be made using only two dots?" or "How many letters can be made with four dots?" More advanced activities might include presenting a specific set of CD Dots and asking how many contractions can be made.
The Chang Tactual Diagram Kit, model 1-03130-00, is a tactile map skills training kit designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. This tactile aid enables teachers of orientation & mobility and other curricula to construct diagrams and maps using brightly colored plastic pieces that adhere to a dark felt board covered with hook and loop material. The kit includes flat geometric forms in 27 different shapes and sizes (104 total), a print instructoral guidebook, and a carryi
The Dictionary of Braille Problem Words is a Braille book designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This volume identifies words that may be ambiguous or have other problems when written in contracted Grade 2 Braille. It is published in Twin Vision format with adjacent pages of ink-print and Braille, making it possible for sighted teachers and parents to use the dictionary together with students. It comes in two volumes, A-L and M-Z.
English Braille American Edition 1994 on CD-ROM for Windows is a manual for teaching braille designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision. This CD-ROM edition contains the complete text of the literary braille code manual published by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), including all the print and braille examples, and all the latest officially published updates. This CD-ROM allows both sighted and blind users to access the manual interactively on a personal computer, wit
Expanded Dolch Word Cards, model 1-03560-00, are braille language flash cards designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. These braille flash cards have words on both sides in braille and print, with one side featuring grade 1 braille and the other side featuring grade 2 braille. A corner cut provides orientation. Words include pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and common verbs. Some cards feature a drawing corresponding to the word. The cards can be used by a
Foundations of Braille Literacy, by Robert L. Baker, Alan J. Koenig, Evelyn J. Rex, and Diane P. Wormsley, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of students who are blind or have low vision. This text addresses the teaching of braille reading and writing in the context of literacy in general, the whole language approach, and the way in which print reading and writing are taught. Both a theoretical framework and practical applications for instruction in braille literacy ar
Grade 2 Braille Cards, model 1-03561-00, are braille language flash cards designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. These cards can be used to drill students on the braille literary code. The cards show the braille alphabet and numbers, punctuation and composition signs, one-cell whole-word and part-word signs, two-cell contractions, and short-form words. There are 247 flash cards in the set, including 26 cards with the braille alphabet on one side and large print on the
Guidelines and Games for Teaching Efficient Braille Reading, by Sally S. Mangold and Myrna R. Olson, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of individuals who are blind or have low vision. It presents a general reading program adapted to the needs of braille readers, based on research in the areas of rapid reading and precision teaching. Educational braille games are included. This 116-page paperback was originally published in 1981. ISBN: 0-89128-105-3.
Handbook for Learning to Read Braille by Sight, by Leland Schubert, model 7-51450-00, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers or parents of individuals who are blind or have low vision. This basic manual helps sighted teachers and parents to learn contracted (Grade 2) braille. The book is in regular print.
The Handbook of Braille Contractions is a manual for teaching Grade 2 Braille contractions and abbreviations for individuals who are blind or have low vision. This dictionary presents contractions and abbreviations with their meanings in alphabetical order, with Braille and standard print on facing pages.
How to Read Braille Music, 2nd Edition, by Bettye Krolick, is a manual for teaching music braille for individuals who are blind or have low vision. This book gives an overview of braille music, and explains the music braille symbols most frequently found in elementary through intermediate-level music. It is written at a fifth grade reading level and is suitable for both children and adults. This edition has 44 pages and was published in 1998. OPTIONS: This manual is available in braille, print,
Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy, edited by Frances Mary D'Andrea and Diane P. Wormsley, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of individuals who are blind or have low vision. This handbook provides instructors with strategies and methodologies for teaching braille. It is intended to help pre-service and in-service teachers develop their instructional literacy and braille skills, and provides information on working with children who have congenital or adventi
Introduction to Braille Music Transcription, models 6-75960-00 & 8-75960-00, by Mary Turner De Garmo, is a manual for teaching braille music transcription for music students and musicians who are blind or have low vision. It is the text used by those studying to become certified music braille transcribers in the U.S. It gives detailed transcribing lessons with examples and exercises. The book is available in a four-volume braille edition (6-75960-00) or a 300-page, one-volume print edition (
Learn Braille is a braille training program to teach sighted people who want to learn the braille alphabet and braille symbols. The program also provides training on Japanese braille, Hebrew braille, Korean braille and Chinese braille. COMPATIBILITY: For use with the Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 2.0 or later.
The Logan BrailleCoach is a braille training device designed for use by individuals who are blind or who have low vision and use braille. This devices face features a raised red button and a small speaker. The user places a laminated tag with a single braille letter, word or phrase over the red button, and when the tag is pressed on the button, the letter, word or phrase is spoken by the BrailleCoach. The Logan BrailleCoach comes with 26 braille pre-programmed tags with each letter of the alpha
Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's, model 1-10000-00, is a braille alphabet book designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. This raised-line coloring book is designed for future large-print and braille readers. It facilitates braille character recognition through repetitive activities designed for young children. Each letter of the alphabet has two pages. The first page features a jumbo braille cell, with six raised-line open circles. The upper and lower case letters are shown w
Magnetic Braille is a set of braille alphabet magnets designed for use as braille training aids for children or adults with low vision. The set includes 63 brightly-colored magnets, including one each for seven punctuation signs (period, colon, dash, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation mark, and comma), plus two each for the 26 letters of the alphabet, the braille capital letter sign, and the braille number sign. Each magnet shows a jumbo braille sign and its print equivalent. Braille dots ar
The McDuffy Reader is a manual for teaching Braille to adults who are blind or have low vision and who are learning braille. This primer was written by Sharon Duffy. OPTIONS: A teacher's manual is available; the primer and the teacher's manual are both available in braille, large print, and cassette versions.
The Mountbatten Learning System (MBLS) is an electric braille writer and training device designed for use by children who are learning braille. The system includes a Mountbatten electronic braille writer with digitized speech, assignable function keys, notetaker and word processor functions, sufficient memory for 600 braille pages, and the ability to transfer files to and from a personal computer (PC). Features for students include a braille math mode using the Nemeth braille mathematics code; p
The New International Manual of Braille Music Notation, CD-ROM Edition, is a manual on braille music for individuals who are blind or have low vision. This CD-ROM includes the full text of the print edition. This reference work, compiled by Bettye Krolick, explains the braille music signs and rules adopted as the international standard by 16 countries in the World Blind Union. The book provides detailed explanations of how specific musical situations are handled in the music braille code. It has
New Programmed Instruction in Braille, Third Edition, by Ashcroft, Sanford, and Koenig, is a manual for teaching braille designed for use by teachers of individuals who are blind or have low vision. This print textbook with ink-printed braille includes thirteen units plus ready reference appendices designed to lead to proficiency in reading and writing literary braille for sighted persons. Contents include contracted and uncontracted braille, basic braille formats for instructional materials, el
The Patterns Primary Braille Spelling and English Program is a spelling and language skills tutorial program designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. This series is a companion to the Patterns Primary Braille Reading Program (see separate entry). There are four levels in the program. Level A (model 6-78362-00 Print Teacher's Kit and model 6-78363-00 Braille Teacher's Kit) corresponds to the Readiness, Preprimer, and Primer levels of the Patterns reading program. Level B (mo
The Peg Slate, model 1-08830-00, is a braille training device designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This paperless device helps teach beginning students the use of a slate and stylus. A frame is mounted with pegs that represent the dots in ten braille cells. With a finger the user pushes the pegs down, and the frame is flipped over to read the braille message. The frame and pegs are made of plastic. Instructions are included in print and braille. COLOR: Black frame wi
The Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program is a braille instruction kit designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. This kit includes materials that help teach fundamental early literacy skills to children with visual impairments and help parents to be more involved in their child’s development. Included in the kit are three packets, each with an interrelated storybook, activity guide, and cassette with songs and new stories to complement the storybooks. In addition, there is a
Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit, model 1-08838-00, is a tactile graphics kit designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision. The kit includes a felt covered board and more than 100 Velcro-backed pieces, and can be used to teach mapping, charting, and basic concepts, as well as for art activities. The kit comes with extra material to create additional tactile pieces, and a Large Print/Braille Guidebook with activity suggestions and example layouts. OPTIONS: Replacem
Playskool Magnetic Capital Letters, model 02056, are tactile letters and Braille alphabet magnets designed for use by children ages 3 and above who are blind or have low vision. This educational toy consists of 26 letters from A to Z. Each letter is engraved with it corresponding Braille letter. As they play with these letters sized for small fingers, children learn to identify letters and start putting together simple words and sentences.
Primary Phonics Set 1, by Barbara W. Makar, is a braille reading tutorial program designed for children who are blind or have low vision. It includes ten storybooks, each containing a short story that introduces consonants, various sight words, and short vowels (a, e, i, o, u) as part of the reading experience. The text on each page is presented in large print, grade 1 braille, and grade 2 braille. For students with low vision, there are also illustrations. Each of the ten storybooks is approxim
The Primer of Braille Music, models 6-01350-00, 8-01350-00, and 8-01360-00, by Edward W. Jenkins (1960 with 1971 addendum), is a manual for teaching music braille designed for students who are blind or have low vision. It teaches braille music in 30 lessons with braille music reading exercises. The braille edition (6-01350-00) includes both the original 1960 text and the 1971 addendum. There are separate print editions of the 1960 text (8-01350-00) and the 1971 addendum (8-01360-00).
Print and Braille Literacy: Selecting Appropriate Learning Media is a handbook designed to provide guidelines for use in evaluating the braille reading readiness of students who are blind or have low vision. It contains guidelines and informal evaluation processes to help users determine the most appropriate reading media or medium for each student. It is available in braille (model 6-01500-00), large print (model L-01500-00), and regular print (model 8-01500-00) editions.
The Swing Cell, model 6-78040-00, is a braille training device designed for use in teaching braille to individuals who are blind or have low vision. This device introduces the braille cell to the beginning braille reader and writer. It has two rectangular blocks that are hinged on the top and mounted on a wooden base. Each block has three holes. Pegs can be inserted into the holes to represent braille dots. When the blocks are in the vertical position, the pegs form the braille cell. When the bl
Swing Cell Compact, model 6-78041-00, is a braille training device designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. It consists of two rectangular blocks, each with three holes into which pegs can be inserted to represent braille dots. This device helps students understand the relationship between the braille cell and the keys on a braille writer. It is similar to the Swing Cell (see separate entry), but smaller and lighter and without the base. COLOR: Yellow blocks with black p
TACK-TILES Braille Systems are a Braille game and instruction kit designed to acquaint children who are blind with raised dot Braille letters within the environment of play. Designed to fit and work like standard snap-together toy building blocks, children can create buildings, figures, cars, etc. while learning Braille. The pieces can be endlessly rearranged during the course of a lesson, encouraging creativity and interest. Because the blocks correspond with standard toy blocks, accessories an
Tactual Discrimination Worksheets, model 1-08810-00, are braille reading readiness tests designed for use in the evaluation of individuals who are blind or have low vision. Worksheets can be used to evaluate beginning braille students of all ages. This is a four-part set of consumable worksheets, including 20 geometric form sheets, 26 line sheets, 20 angular figure sheets, and 20 braille code character sheets. Examples of tasks on the worksheets include finding the figure that is different in a
The Bridge to Braille is a manual for teaching braille to children who are blind or have low vision. It is a step-by-step guide that shows parents and teachers how to help blind children progress from early literacy experiences all the way to full participation in the classroom. Topics include reading and math readiness, braille reading and writing techniques, the Nemeth braille math code, techniques for doing math in braille, literary and textbook format, correcting and editing braille, how to
The Computer Braille Code Made Easy, 3rd edition, is a manual for teaching the braille computer code for individuals who are blind or have low vision. It describes the computer code, one step at a time. Each new concept is clearly explained with ample examples to drive home the point. This third edition includes tips on how to read e-mail and web addresses. OPTIONS: Print or braille.
They Shall Have Music, by Dorothy Dykema (1986, 62 pages), is a manual for teaching music braille to students who are blind or have low vision. This is a reprint of one of the earliest manuals for teaching music braille. This print book is filled with helpful tips regarding the unique needs of blind piano students, and gives alternative methods for teaching blind musicians.
Tools for Selecting Appropriate Learning Media is a manual designed for use in the evaluation of the braille reading readiness of students who are blind or have low vision. It is designed to help parents, teachers, and administrators make decisions concerning students' use of braille, print, or both as their primary reading media or medium. It is a more detailed extension of Print and Braille Literacy: Selecting Appropriate Learning Media (see separate entry). It is available in braille (model 6
Touch and Tell, model 6-44670-00, is a set of tactile books designed for use in preparing children who are blind or have low vision to learn braille. These braille reading readiness books consist of three volumes with tactile pages. Volumes I and II introduce the child to embossed hands and geometric forms, while Volume III introduces the child to braille dots. The three tactile volumes come with an instructional booklet in regular print.