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Literacy Resources

DB Central's Story Time Virtual Book Readings!

Join DB 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 this video from Kristin Knight, our Family Engagement Coordinator, or view the Story Time flyer!

We are adding to this resources page on a regular basis, so be sure to bookmark it and check back!books.png

Blueberries For Sal (for intermediate readers):

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Watch the Blueberries For Sal Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

Image includes green grass, blueberries, Blueberries for Sal, two brown bears, a white bucket, a black crow, and a metal bucket.

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (for emerging readers):

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Watch the Brown Bear Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

Image includes the experience box, lesson plan under the box, people figurines, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and assorted animals.

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Butt Out (for emerging readers):

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Watch the Butt Out Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

Image includes the lid to the experience box, lesson plan lying under the box, exotic animal figurines, and the book Butt Out.

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Caps For Sale (for intermediate readers):

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Watch the Caps For Sale Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

Image includes 4 stuffed monkeys with arms intertwined with 4 hats that are blue,red,tan and grey, and the book Caps For Sale.

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Corduroy (for intermediate readers):

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Watch the Corduroy Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

Image includes the experience box, lesson plan, a white mattress, 2 buttons, a flashlight, Corduroy bear, a blanket and the book

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Dinosaur Roar! (for emerging readers):

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Watch the Dinosaur Roar! Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

Image includes the experience box and lesson plan with a grey dinosaur in the box, five other dinosaurs, the book Dinosaur Roar!

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Goodnight Moon (for emerging readers):

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Watch the Goodnight Moon Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

box, lesson plan, coral socks, two stars, blue comb, red balloon, picture-bears, picture- cow, book, matching felt pieces.

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

Hiya Moriah (for intermediate readers):  

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Today I Fell Silly (for intermediate readers):

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Watch the Today I Feel Silly Story Time Video HERE!

Vocabulary Development:

Concept Development:

The experience box,lesson plan,green sunglasses,stuffed cat,Today I Feel Silly,makeup brush,bandaids and box,and a blue mirror.

Questions about literacy? Request help from DB Central staff!

ABC's of IOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

Accessibility features are built-into the iPad at no additional cost to the consumer. This 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

Assistive Technology

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

Click here to learn more about Computers for the Blind.

Braille Books

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 notetakers and other Braille-aware devices.

Braille Touch Application for iPhone

Looking for a faster and easier way to type on your iPhone or iPod touch? You can use VoiceOver to read and navigate. 

Community Health Literacy Program - Bilingual Literacy Begins at Home

Families with a child who is deafblind can receive mentoring to develop literacy skills.

To learn more about Community Health Literacy, visit https://www.holleyfv.org/chl or contact Lexy Craig at alexa.craig@ascension.org or call 313-449-8152.

Literacy for Children with Combined Vison and Hearing Loss

This site provides ideas for literacy and assessment of literacy skills for students who are deafblind. 

Click here to learn more about Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss.

Mathematics Made Easy: Instructional Videos

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.

Click here to visit the YouTube page!

Nemeth - Braille Code for Higher Math

APH has a free downloadable tutorial for Nemeth. The Nemeth Tutorial teaches students and teachers how to use the Nemeth code from introductory topics to advanced topics in Mathematics.

Click here for more information on the Nemeth Tutorial.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Seedlings Braille Books for Children provides 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.

Spotlight Gateway

Dedicated to providing students with visual impairments or print disabilities the opportunity to access a library of over 500,000 titles through Bookshare┬« and the use of Spotlight Gateway. 

Click here for more information on Spotlight Gateway.

VI Program SFSU

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.

Click here to visit the YouTube page!