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ERIC Number: ED442215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Literacy for Persons Who Are Deaf-Blind. DB-LINK Fact Sheet.
Miles, Barbara
This fact sheet discusses the importance of literacy for individuals who are deaf-blind, the social functions of reading and writing, and conditions necessary for the development of literacy. Strategies for promoting literacy among this population are described and include: (1) invite children and adults who are deaf-blind to observe as you use the computer, read the newspaper, write notes, read signs, and engage in other literacy activities; (2) arrange specific opportunities for the child or adult to touch adults or young people as they read Braille; (3) read stories to children who are deaf-blind; (4) use accessible labels on rooms, shelves, coat hooks and furniture; (5) pause a moment as a child notices a label, be aware of the child's reaction, and make a simple comment; (6) pause often during story-reading times, notice the child's reactions, and respond to them; (7) use dialog journal with a child who is deaf-blind and who has some beginning reading and writing skills; (8) respond conversationally to any drawing, proto-writing, or writing attempt; (9) accumulate Braille books and other materials; (10) make a story box to accompany a Braille or print story; and (11) adapt storybooks by using textured pictures. (Contains 16 references.) (CR)
DB-LINK, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, OR 97361. Tel: 800-438-9376 (Toll Free); Tel: 800-854-7013 (Toll Free/TTY); Fax: 503-838-8150; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind, Monmouth, OR.