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Night, Night with Perkins Panda

A goodnight story is ingrained in me as something that a parent does with their child. However, Ronan has resisted any book and would always close the book if one tried to read it. Christmas brought Perkins Panda to our house and that goodnight story to our bedtime routine. Perkins Panda is a series of three books along with a matching stuffed bear (or rather Panda). His nobbly nose can be felt in the first book as well as on the bear. The second book keeps Ronan busy getting him to fill up Perkin’s backpack with accoutrements for a picnic … Read more

Creative Story Buckets 2017 ‘We’re Going on a Polar Bear Hunt’ By Sélène Hinton, Carlton Digby School

Introduction This story bucket is based on a sensory story from the Twinkl website. It follows the pattern of the popular story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ but with a polar bear theme. The obstacles involve sensory experiences which encourage pupils with PMLD and SLD (including those with visual impairment) to communicate.     Materials: Chime bells for the ‘uh-oh’ bit before each obstacle. A drum for the ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ bit. Crackling foot spray and sculpting bath foam for a ‘snow drift’ experience. Fluffy snow balls and trays of insta-snow for the ‘snow storm’. Ice cubes … Read more

Imogen and her Magical Cane

To celebrate World Book Day we wanted to share with you this beautiful book written by Imogen James, one of the winners of the ‘It’s your story’ competition with Access2books. Imogen’s magical story about a little girl who finds magic in the world through her rainbow spreading cane called ‘snowball’ has now been produced as an accessible book for families to enjoy. Snowball helps Imogen to find an amazing object which leads her on a big adventure! The book has been published by Access2Books in dual large 75 point print and Braille (including picture descriptions) format, there are also beautiful … Read more

Scarlett in Wonderland

People are fascinated by the way in which Scarlett conducts herself, she seems to live among the fairies most of the time and is very happy in her own little world.  I love watching her, doing all the things that people often deem to be socially unacceptable, a whole different set of motivators that drive her, very different from other children of her age.  So full of joy, she finds happiness in the most simple of things, Scarlett is the first blind child I had ever encountered, her additional needs and her delay in speech all make her own personal … Read more

Source accessible books for children who are visually impaired

In this resource sheet I am going to list the organisations that can provide your child with accessible books, some of these organisations can also provide libraries or schools with fully accessible literature. ClearVision project is a UK postal lending library of mainstream children’s books with added braille. Our books all have braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for visually-impaired and sighted children and adults to share. There are over 13,000 books in the collection, including tactile board books, simple stories for young children and stimulating books for newly fluent readers. We have fiction and non-fiction in uncontracted … Read more

Libraries with no Braille Books- A mothers fight to make the local library accessible for her children

It is a rarity to see accessible literature stocked in local mainstream libraries for children who have a visual impairment.  This post is provided by a parent, who managed to make her library an inclusive environment for her braille reading daughters. Was it an effortless task? Did the local authority play ball? What kicked off this one parent’s crusade to ensure that the libraries catered to her daughters? ‘My turning point came when my one daughter said her ambition was ‘to be rich enough to own a Braille library so she could read all the books on the shelves’ It … Read more

It’s Your Story – Competition Results

Budding children story authors were invited to write a book up to 400 words that includes the child and is fun to read. Entrants were also asked to supply a front cover design which illustrates the main characters and story line. The winners of the three categories were selected by a panel made up of Su Hendra an author of children story books, Tim O’Sullivan, an author and illustrator, Charlotte Mellor, founder of Through Scarlett’s Eyes website and Eileen Finch, founder of Access2books. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition, there was a really high standard of entries from some … Read more

Making Fred’s reading challenge accessible!

Fred finished his first year at school being able to read his phonic alphabet and his Braille alphabet. Needless to say I was a very proud mum and he was very keen to embark on his first reading challenge…. By himself! Our local library in Haxby, York has been really helpful in sourcing the BOOKTRUST book star packs when he was younger and have been so supportive with our reading needs. I was more than pleased when we arrived to collect our Reading challenge when they brought out the oversized version for Fred, complete with over sized smelly stickers! Yuk! … Read more

Towards reading readiness for Braille

Sighted children develop and gain knowledge and experience through incidental learning. During their first few years of life they have exposure to a vast range of visual symbols that convey meaning. They observe children and adults looking at print and gaining meaning from the words they read. Symbols are all around us in the environment and children experience them in many forms every day of their lives. Using signs, symbols and sounds to convey meaning and record knowledge is the basis for developing literacy skills.  At four or five years old when the sighted child starts the formal process of … Read more

Calibre Audio Library

Calibre Audio Library is a charity which provides a subscription-free postal and streaming service for people unable to read print because of sight loss, dyslexia or physical disability. Exhibiting at Sight Village not only enables us to raise awareness of the work with new people that may benefit from our service, but we also invite our local members to attend. This gives us the opportunity to answer any queries they may have, demonstrate players and signpost them to other services and products they may be interested in. Contact details: Email – membershipservices@calibre.org.uk Phone – 01296 432 339 Address – Calibre Audio … Read more