“Literacy begins to develop at birth, it does not wait until a child reads his first word or even until he opens his first book. Literacy is a basic process, set in motion long before actual reading and writing takes place and it involves all of the child’s development.” (Stratton and Wright (1991))
This is a three part webinar that provides participants with the knowledge and skills on how to work with a young early braille user.
The following topics are covered:
- Know the learner
- Stages of reading development
- Braille literacy skills
- Differences between print and braille
- Braille literacy: Where to begin
- Braille literacy – What are we aiming for?
- Introducing braille reading
- Touch: Some considerations
- Producing braille texts
Completing the Developing Early Braille Skills course will contribute 2 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Dr Frances Gentle
Dr Frances Gentle is Co-President of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI); President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI); and Executive Member of the World Blind Union. She is a lecturer with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre (Australia) and holds conjoint positions with Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle. Frances has worked as an educator and lecturer in the field of disability in Australia and internationally during the past three decades, with specialisation in blindness and low vision.
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