Compensatory skills include reading and writing tools that students can use to access the curriculum, including braille, large print, and tactile graphics or symbols.

Additionally, components of other ECC areas fall under compensatory skills, including study and organization skills, assistive technology, concept development, and spatial understanding.

MDE-LIO does not endorse the purchase or use of any non-State Board of Education-adopted commercial products. Products and services noted below are included for information only and their inclusion should not be interpreted as a recommendation of MDE-LIO.

Unified English Braille (UEB) Implementation

UEB Codebook [PDF]
These are the rules of the UEB, published by the International Council on English Braille.

Braille Authority of North America (BANA) Tips and Resources for Unified English Braille (UEB)
The BANA provides guidance on how to begin the process of changing to UEB using different assistive technology.

Federal Guidance on Law

"Dear Colleague" letter from OSEP [PDF]
The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) wrote a letter to public agencies in June 2013 to clarify requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding braille instruction for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Tips to Promote Literacy

Maryland's College and Career Ready Standards for Unified English Braille [PDF]
This document offers checklists, by grade, for introducing specific braille contractions.

Resources

Websites

Paths to Literacy
This website is a collaboration between Perkins and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The website offers many literacy strategies for students who are blind.

American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind has resources for teachers and parents. The website also connects you to places that provide braille texts.

WonderBaby.org
WonderBaby scans the Internet for valuable resources and links to them on their website, including a section devoted to braille and literacy.

Products

Tactile Literacy Tools
This resource can be used to learn about and locate American Printing House for the Blind (APH) products that support the development of skills and concepts that help develop tactile literacy.

Books

MDE-LIO loans books to teacher consultants and other school personnel for professional development. You may borrow a book for two months. If you are interested, please visit the BVI Resource Library.

Beginning with Braille
This book provides effective activities for promoting literacy at the early stages of braille instruction.

Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach
by Diane P. Wormsley, Ph.D.

This book provides innovative options for teaching braille to those who have trouble learning through traditional methods.

Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy
by Frances Mary D'Andrea, Ph.D., Diane P. Wormsley, Ph.D.

This user-friendly handbook provides creative strategies for teaching braille to children with congenital or adventitious visual impairments, students with additional disabilities, and students who speak English as a second language.

Foundations of Braille Literacy
by Evelyn J. Rex, Alan J. Koenig, Ed.D., Diane P. Wormsley, Ph.D., and Robert L. Baker

The first and only text to address 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.

I-M-Able: Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education
by Diane Wormsley

The I-M-Able approach is an individualized, student-centered method for helping children learn braille.

Research and Articles

Braille Authority of North America (BANA) Position Statement
The BANA explains its position that braille should not be considered its own language. The BANA does not endorse awarding language credits to students for learning braille.

If Braille Were Print
This article aims to dispel common attitudes and misconceptions about braille.