Are you a teacher or educator working with blind and visually impaired students? Or maybe just a parent looking for tools to help your blind child do their homework? If so, the Adaptations Store has you covered for the school year ahead.
Just in time to head back to school, our Premier Kit for Teachers of Blind Students is a newly-introduced, premium accessibility kit containing more than 20 hand-picked products you will find yourself reaching for again and again throughout the school year.
With the Premier Kit, you can:
Create markings and labels using a Dymo tape labeler, which comes with three rolls of clear, adhesive labeling tape
Need to create a label or a sign containing more than one line? No problem. The kit includes clear plastic adhesive sheets that can be cut into any size or shape
Bump Dots and Locator Dots can be a great way to add a simple tactile mark wherever you may need one
A slate and stylus for brailling, Bold Writer Pens and items like our boldline tablet or a full-page writing guide offer numerous choices to both students and teachers alike
Create helpful shapes and diagrams using the included package of Wikki Stix
Teach a student about geographic locations in and around the country with our included maps of both the state of California as well as the continental US.
Use the pocket-sized contractions guide to refresh students’ knowledge of the Unified English Braille Code
Practice reading by playing a game with a set of tactile dice or a pack of playing cards
The Braille/large print ruler can be used to teach the concept of measuring, and a talking keychain clock is a great way to show young students about telling time
Braille alphabet cards for those beginners who are new to Braille, or for showing the concept of Braille to sighted classmates
All of these helpful items come packaged conveniently in an easy-to-carry LightHouse tote bag.
The Premier Kit for Teachers of Blind Students retails for $125 from the LightHouse for the Blind’s Adaptations Store, and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Give us a call at 415-694-7301 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to order yours today!
On February 25, we welcomed 22 students and their families to the 2017 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge at the LightHouse headquarters. It was a lively day packed with speeches by keynote speakers, testing for students, parent workshops, games and a final award ceremony (complete with a surprise musical performance by a group of contestants).
Hosted in collaboration with Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, California School for the Blind and Braille Institute of America, the Regional Braille Challenge is the first leg of a two-part contest for K-12 youth who read braille. It is designed to encourage and reward students for fine-tuning their braille reading and writing skills.
Any parent or student on Saturday would tell you that Braille Challenge is an unparalleled platform for promoting braille literacy and bringing braille readers of all ages into one space — whether as contestants or judges. It’s also a chance for kids to connect with their blind friends, chuckle about inside jokes, and for parents to learn more about having a child with vision loss and how best to support them (hint from one of our college panelists: “Don’t shelter them!”)
Braille Challenge is not about winning (though we don’t mind a little friendly competition) but we’d like to recognize the students who placed!
Here are the winners of each level of competition. Once all of the Braille Challenge regionals are complete the Braille Institute will invite the top 10% of all of the students that competed in all of the various regionals to the national Braille Challenge later this year.
2017 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge Winners
Apprentice 1. Miles Lima 2. Darren Ou 3. Mikey Diaz