Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBEQ 66.3 Summer 2021

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66 Issue 3 fun. "The LEGO® Foundation sees learning through play as crucial for children's positive development, regardless of their situation" (LEGO, n.d.). Teachers or professionals working with individuals or consumers with blindness or visual impairments can apply to receive the LEGO® Braille Bricks free of cost. I procured my set by applying through the American Printing House (https://www.aph.org/lego-braille-bricks-kit-request-form) after participating in a four hour online, self-paced training course (https://www.aph.org/educational- resources/training/). The kits are not available for sale and are only available to school and support staff working with consumers with blindness or visual impairment. After completing the training course you are asked to write a lesson plan using the bricks. This was a fun opportunity to let my own ideas spill out. My lesson was based on the letter F and D. These are common reversals and I wrote a lesson with the premise of 'going fishing'. The letters D and F are placed in a bowl and the student is asked to go fishing with their fingers. When the student finds an F they can yell "I got a fish!", but if they find a D, they must yell, "I got a dud!" After I completed the lesson plan to receive my LEGO® Braille Bricks, one of my students and I were asked to help with a webinar for APH during this past school year. We were featured on one of their international webinars (Link Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLgYVMyoBP8&t=1676s) modeling the use of the LEGO® Braille Bricks for literacy instruction.

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