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Literacy and Vision Loss


Literacy Resources

The Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials (AT&AEM) Center: Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) are materials designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format. There are a variety of ways accessible educational materials (AEM) can be obtained. Visit the AT&AEM website for more information.

The Federal Quota Program: At the direction of the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, the AT&AEM Center conducts the annual Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students for Ohio. Each year in December, the AT&AEM Center mails a packet of materials to superintendents and/or principals, requesting them to register each student who is legally blind and attending school in their district as of the first Monday in January. The Federal Quota provides supplemental funds to local school districts to purchase materials for identified students. For more information visit the AT&AEM website.

Teaching Braille Reading and Writing Webcast: In this webcast, Lucia Hasty, a well known lecturer and expert of teaching braille, discusses the importance of early literacy, language and concept development for children who are blind and the specific skills needed for braille literacy. In addition, Lucia shares information regarding the importance of supporting others involved in the process e.g., classroom teachers as well as "best practices" for teachers of learners with vision loss.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children: A non-profit organization, Seedlings braille books are provided at each level of development, from toddler board books to classic literature for older children.