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Louis Braille Celebration — JVIB Abstract

Abstract: It was my first week as a teacher in the new resource room for young braille readers. I had spent all summer gathering materials and setting up my classroom. Proudly I showed the principal around the room, pointing out the stacks of basal readers in braille, the shelf of fine motor manipulatives, the acorns and brightly colored fall leaves on the “feely board,” and the slightly tattered play kitchen acquired from a departing teacher. The principal paused and scanned the room thoughtfully. “But, Ms. Swenson,” the principal said, “where is your classroom library of books for the children to read?” I was stunned, both by my glaring oversight and the implications of her question. What was the point in teaching children braille, if there was nothing for them to read?<

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