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ERIC Number: EJ874439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Six Sensational Dots: Braille Literacy for Sighted Classmates
Swenson, Anna M.; Cozart, Nancy
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v104 n2 p119-123 Feb 2010
From the moment sighted children see their first dot, teachers find that they are fascinated by the braille code. If they are fortunate enough to have a classmate who reads braille, they have daily opportunities to observe braille used for a variety of purposes, from reading chapter books to solving problems with tactile graphics. Teachers of students with visual impairments can build on sighted students' natural curiosity about braille by designing activities that highlight different aspects of the code and by providing hands-on practice in reading and writing braille. They can begin by creating a "braille-rich" environment in the general education classroom. This article describes several activities that refer to braille alphabet charts from "The Braille Trail," an activity book for sighted children in grades 2 to 6. Teachers can also download copies of the braille alphabet, numbers, and punctuation marks from online sources, including the Braille Bug web site, at, created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and can download Braille TrueType and Sim-Braille TrueType fonts from the Duxbury web site at These activities provide examples of whole-group, small-group, and center-based learning for students of various ages. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A