KSSB Family Support Specialists
Braille and Literacy Resources
- American Action Fund for Blind Children provides registered users in grades K-6 with National Geographic for Kids Magazine and other recently published books not produced in Braille. To learn more go to the American Action Fund.
- American Printing House for the Blind in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides 6 free books per year for children birth to age 6 through the Braille Tales program. To learn more visit the Braille Tales Program.
- Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and Their Families. Read the Bill of Rightsopens PDF file in pdf.
- Bookshare is an online accessible digital library for eligible students with print disabilities. To learn more go to www.bookshare.org.
- Braille Institute provides several options for students to obtain Braille books. For more information read the list of programs below and go to the Braille Institute Special Collection.
- Special Collection fiction & general interest books,
- Dots for Tots – Multi-sensory storybook kits for age 2-5,
- Top Dots – Braille literacy products for ages 4-7 or Early Braille readers, and
- Digital Dots – downloadable braille files for high school books.
InfiniText provides digital text for qualified K-12 students with print disabilities to members of the Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalition and K-12 schools in Kansas. To learn more go to the Infinitec website
- Learning Ally: A nonprofit, volunteer organization that houses a library of audio textbooks for students with print disabilities. To learn more visit the Learning Ally website.
- Librivox: Library of audiobooks in the public domain read by volunteer readers. Visit Librivox.
- The National Braille Press offers several programs with the overall goal to promote braille literacy. For more information read the list below and go to the NBP Braille Literacy Promotion
- Oakmont Visual Aids workshop provides tactual concepts books and materials for young children have are visually impaired. For additional information go to Teacher Aids for Blind Children.
- Seedlings is a source for reasonably priced books in braille. In addition, they offer 3 free books per year to users who register annually. For additional information go to the Braille Angel Book Program
- Talking Book Lending Library provides a library of audiobooks, digital downloadable books, and braille books through the Utah Braille lending library. Individuals with a visual impairment must register for this program. For the application process go to Kansas Talking Book Library.
Books with Characters who are Blind
Fun Activities and Resources
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind
- American Printing House for the Blind
- CVI Scotland
- Family Connect
- International Guide Dog Foundation
- National Center on Deaf-Blind
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Organization of Parents of Children who are Blind
- Paths to Literacy
- Scottish Sensory Centre
- About the Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award (2019)opens WORD file
- Instructions for Submitting Application and Biographical Sketch 2019opens WORD file
- G. Hawley Scholarship Student 2019 Application Google Form
- G. Hawley Scholarship Sponsor 2019 Google Form
- Additional Scholarshipsopens WORD file