DeafBlind Literacy Resources

Story Time virtual book readings

Join DeafBlind Central and Central Michigan University's CHARGE Syndrome Research Lab for some of your favorite stories! All Story Time readings have ASL interpreting, corresponding vocabulary videos, and experience boxes! To learn more about this project, watch our introduction video from Kristin Knight, our Family Engagement Coordinator, or read the Story Time flyer!

Borrow a Story Time Kit

Additional literacy resources

    On this page, you will find a searchable list of ALL adapted literature available. The Sherlock Center is committed to helping students with severe disabilities to participate in the general curriculum. As resources permit, the Sherlock Center creates adapted versions of popular literature for use by students, teachers, and families.

    Adapted Literature and Lessons

    Ensuring Access to the General Curriculum for All Learners provides educators and other specialists with the strategies, research, and support resources to effectively design instruction and assessment in a way that provides universal access across courses, lessons, and learning activities.

    Literacy Access for All resource training flyer

    Accessibility features are built-into the iPad at no additional cost to the consumer. The ABC's of IOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond manual will specifically address age-appropriate VoiceOver accessibility skills for children age 3 to 8 who are or will potentially be braille readers, dual media, or auditory readers.

    ABCs of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond

    Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a volunteer organization devoted to providing computers to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

    Computers for the Blind (CFTB)

    Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs and USDOE, Bookshare provides ebooks is free to U.S. schools and students with qualified reading barriers. Qualified non-students may also join by paying a low annual fee. Students can read along to over one million books available in alternative formats including large text, braille, and more. Ebooks are also accessible to students on the electronic devices of their choosing, with the ability to download books as well.


    The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF) is making its free Braille books for blind children available online as downloadable BRF files. The BRF files are ready to be used on Braille note takers and other Braille-aware devices.

    American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

    Looking for a faster and easier way to type on your iPhone or iPod touch? You can use VoiceOver to read and navigate. Visit the Apple website to review a list of supported braille displays that you can use with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

    Apple Supported Braille Displays

    Bilingual literacy begins at home. Families with a child who is deafblind can receive mentoring to develop literacy skills. To learn more, visit the Community Health and Literacy program website or email Lexy Craig or call 313-449-8152.

    Community Health and Literacy Program website

    Book Creator is a publishing tool for creating digital books that incorporate text, images, audio and video. You can use Book Creator to create your own media-rich teaching resources that engage and provide multiple means of representation for all learners. Or you can let students take over and use the same tools to express their understanding in creative and authentic ways. Join us to learn about the accessibility supports built into Book Creator that make it possible for diverse learners to become published authors.

    Book Creator Webinar

    Any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use normal print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations may receive service through the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. This includes those who are blind, have a visual disability that prevents them from reading normal print, or have a physical disability that keeps them from being able to hold a book.

    National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

    The Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss website provides ideas for literacy and assessment of literacy skills for students who are deafblind.

    Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss website

    The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) has a Math Made Easy YouTube channel. These instructional videos are for educators and families to help teach mathematics to students with vision impairment in primary and secondary school. More videos will be uploaded on a regular basis.

    Math Made Easy YouTube channel

    American Printing House (APH) has a free downloadable tutorial for Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics. The Nemeth Tutorial teaches students and teachers how to use the Nemeth code from introductory topics to advanced topics in Mathematics.

    Nemeth Tutorial

    The webinar Reading for All, Part 1: Getting to Know EPUB will address basic questions about EPUB: what it is, how it benefits learners, and where you can find high-quality EPUB titles so you can begin exploring the personalized reading experience they provide. With this information as a foundation, you and your team will be ready to delve into the use and creation of EPUB in more detail in the remaining two webinars of the series.

    Getting to Know EPUB Webinar

    Seedlings Braille Books for Childrenprovides high quality, free and low cost Braille books for children. Thanks to hundreds of generous donors and dedicated, hard-working volunteers, the price of Seedlings' books remains far below actual production costs, averaging only $10 per book.

    Seedlings Braille Books for Children

    1-hour TechTalks now available. Topics include #Chromebooks #accessibility, #TactileGraphics with a swell machine, and how to use a document camera as a video magnifier.

    VI Program at SFSU YouTube channel

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