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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!

Click Here to Visit Our Experience Boxes Webpage

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.


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.

Click here to learm more about Bookshare!

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 or contact Lexy Craig at or call 313-449-8152.

Features in Accessibility: Book Creator 

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.

Click here to watch the recorded webinar about Book Creator!

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled 

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 NLS. 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. Click here to learn more and to apply

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.

Reading for All, Part 1: Getting to Know EPUB

This webinar 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.

Click here to view the webinar!

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!