Braille

Individuals who are blind use braille to read and write. Other paths to literacy can also supplement braille.

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

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

We are currently in the process of updating a few documents below. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.

  • Building Braille Reading Speed: Some Helpful Suggestions [PDF]
    This article offers advice on how to teach and learn braille based on personal success.

  • Oral Reading Fluency Presentation
    This document talks about the role of oral reading fluency in a literacy program, including for students who are blind or visually impaired.

  • Literacy Success for Students with Visual Impairments
    This document is from an MDE-LIO workshop. The packet highlights many important questions and factors to consider for teaching literacy to students who are blind.

  • Resources for Parents—General Tips
    This document helps parents learn how to help their child learn to read.

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.

  • Literacy Resources for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired
    This document lists various articles and websites that support literacy for students with low vision or are blind/visually impaired.

Products

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 in one of the books, email us at msdb-imc@michigan.gov to request a book.

  • 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.

Research and Articles