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About Braille Literacy
Literacy is more than reading words on a page. It involves connecting written words to meaning. This requires an understanding of spoken language, as well as knowing how spoken language can be represented using written symbols—print letters or braille.

top view of a Braille Trail Reader LE

Braille Trail Reader LE
The Braille Trail Reader LE is a customized, limited edition version of HumanWare's Brailliant™ BI 14 braille display, developed exclusively for teachers and students.

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Braille Buzz
BrailleBuzz is an instructional toy for young braille learners ages two to five. It encourages practice with braille characters and phonics, similar to a variety of audio-based toys that teach print writing.

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On the Way to Literacy
On the Way to Literacy contains extensive information on selecting and reading aloud from appropriate books and providing children opportunities to use the tools for writing in braille or print.

Squid Magazine

Squid Magazine
SQUID Magazine is deceptively fun: while your child or student enjoys a variety of activities, he or she will acquire skills needed to become a more proficient tactile reader.

photo of the Web Chase game

Web Chase
An originally designed board game by APH that is intended to develop important tactile skills within a fun, recreational context.

photo shows a spread of cards from the Six Little Dots Card Game

Six Little Dots Card Game
Six Dots Game of Cards offers 42 colorful tactile cards, each belonging to one of seven different texture "families" (names in print and braille on each card).

Building on Patterns book cover, second grade, unit 1: That's So Silly!

Building on Patterns (BOP) Teaching Series
The Building on Patterns series addresses phonemic awareness (ability to hear and interpret sounds in speech), phonics (the association of written symbols with the sounds they represent), comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary, all of which have been identified as important for reading instruction.

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BrailleBlaster - Free Software for Creating Braille
BrailleBlaster™ is a braille transcription program developed by the APH to help transcribers provide blind students with braille textbooks on the first day of class. This software is free-of-charge and can be used by anyone for simple or sophisticated braille transcription -- or for simply exploring braille!

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