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Join us in this opportunity for braille readers (from beginner to experienced) from across the Atlantic Provinces to come together and celebrate all things braille! Participants will meet other students who know (or are learning) the code. Our philosophy is to encourage braille literacy in an inclusive, collaborative, and flexible learning environment with opportunities to connect with students from the four provinces. During online sessions, students will use a combination of hardcopy and digital braille materials. Lessons and games will integrate reading, writing, math, and tactile graphics. As a group, we will discuss strategies for organizing braille materials and share experiences with assistive technology devices. Braille materials will be individualized, in collaboration with the student’s itinerant TVI. Additional, individualized support may be provided to support acquisition of student’s learning outcomes, as identified by the student’s itinerant TVI. Scheduling for this cohort program has flexibility to accommodate for variability in school schedules and student availability.
In this cohort, students may have the opportunity to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of personal competencies (e.g., braille reading, math, and writing skills).
- Participate in virtual group activities with peers (braille readers)
- Encourage the efforts of peers (braille readers).
- Use assistive technology tools to access virtual program
- Recognize braille writing mistakes (proofreading).
- Enhance braille organizational skills (e.g., storage of hard copy braille, bookmarking, etc.).
- Develop braille math skills to support student’s participation in the general education math curriculum.
- Demonstrate motivation to complete reading requirements, during and between virtual sessions.
- Discuss benefits and challenges associated with personal assistive technology tools (e.g., electronic braille note taker, Perkins brailler, Mountbatten, etc.).
- Interpret tactile graphics by responding to questions asked of the student.
- Interact with mentors who are braille readers (e.g., university students or members of the community).
- Prepare for the Braille Challenge and CNIB Creative Writing Contest.