Read 180 and a visually impaired student

Okay, so has anyone had a visually impaired student?  I have a new student comin to me that is blind and has a one-on-one, uses a braille machine, and is working on beginning and ending sounds.....so it sounds possible System 44...but my question is whether this is truly the best curriculum for him?

He is still working on being able to increase his fluency on Braille and we have none of the materials in braille.  I think the audio books would be best for him obviously, but not sure what else to do in the independent readng arena.

Any ideas?

Posted on: November 30 2010
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  • You may be able to get the rBook in Braille from the national organization that does that.  They may alsready have your rBook in Braille format.  I know at my school, we had the Level A rBook put in Braille format.  In addition, the organization proibably has many independent reading books formatted in Braille.  Keep in mind that If the student cannot read the computer screen independently, work he does with the help of an assistant or teacher is not going to address reading skills, just listening skills.  I would recommend that the student's READ 180 time be BEST spent with a Braille teacher to continue to teach him Braille. So, no, I don't believe this is not the best curriculum for him.  

    I will remember this for future students.  I wonder if they are able to record books.

    I have a visually impaired student who is also hearing impaired, and qualifies as deaf-blind. I'm not sure that Scholastic has Read 180 program materials for the visually impaired. We tried to get an enlarged version of the rBook, but none is available. It is, after all, a visually based program so I don't think they realized we would be using it for the visually impaired population. We do the best we can to adapt materials. Fortunately, she is partially sighted, so enlargement works. She has a large screen monitor on her computer, large keyboard, and portable CCTV for reading the workbook and other materials. Our VI specialist set the contrast in the program settings so that the text on the computer is all black background with white letters which helps somewhat. She really enjoys listening to the Audiobooks when we have reading time. Your district probably has a Visual Impairment specialist or the Regional Education Service Center should have some one to consult with. That might be a good place to go for additional ideas on how to adapt the program to your student's needs. Also, the State Library for the Blind and Dyslexic, and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (New Jersey) are two organizations that provide books on CD including text books for the visually impaired and those with reading disabilities. RFB&D is free if the parents enroll their student, otherwise there is a fee.

    We were able to get a very large version of the rbook for a visually impaired student, he can see, but not well at all, our district had one made, it had to be in two volumes.  It is book C.  so maybe you can find a copy place that can make an enlarged version for you?  there should be a person who handles that for the district. Also, he has a special keyboard and monitor with much larger print on the screen.  He uses audio books as well.  and we enlarge all of his tests. I hope this helps a little!  all of these accommodations/modifications should be available through your district.


    I just checked out APH.org to see what I could find.  I searched on some of the book titles in the READ 180 library and found some books in large print.  I'm sure there are some in Braille.  Also, even if you do not find the audio versions there, you can locate many audiobooks elsewhere.  We used several different audiobooks (other than those in the library) for other students as well.  

    I agree with others who said this probably is NOT the right curriculum for him, especially since (a) he needs time to work on his Braille fluency and (b) certain components, such as the instructional software, are basically useless for him. With that said, here's a resource in case the powers that be refuse to grant him a more apt placement. The other day while searching for image files for the independent reading books, I happened on a website from the California Department of Education that had information about audio versions, braille versions, and large-print versions. Try going there and see if it makes sense to you; I'm in Texas, so most of it wasn't going to be relevant to me anyway. (here's one random link: http://csmt.cde.ca.gov/productDetail.aspx?ProductID=8824&ProdFormID=52903&ParentID=0&IsParent=False&IsChild=False )  

    Keep us posted on your student's progress.  I love reading success stories!

    I wonder if other states have the same resource.  I will be checking about Ohio.  Great info!  Thanks.


    READ 180EE rBooks are available in large print through the American Printing House for the blind.  Scholastic does not offer large print versions of the READ 180 rBooks.  Scholastic has submitted Rich Text Files for the  rBooks to the American Printing House for the Blind – APH.org in Lexington, KY.     In order to register with the American Printing House, you need to go to www.aph.org and go to the Louis data base and register with them.  The link is http://www.aph.org/louis/index.html. rBooks are not available in Braille.   Best of luck!

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    I will be getting a visually impaired and hearing impaired student this coming year.  I will definitely check out these resources.

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