Welcome to #Outreaching!

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#Outreaching is a blog about all things outreach from the Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments at PRCVI.

We use this space to keep our community updated on what we've been doing around the province and to post interesting news and features. Please feel free to post in the comments - we would love to hear from you.

For more information on PRCVI outreach services, please see our main outreach page or contact an Outreach Coordinator.


The PRCVI outreach team has had quite a few requests this school year for assistance with students who are just getting started with VoiceOver on iOS devices. Here, we've compiled some apps that will help students learn and practice VoiceOver gestures and some accessible and educational games to practice their new skills! For students who may not be familiar with terms such as ...

The first major date in our calendars each year is January - World Braille Day! Celebrated each year on Louis Braille's birthday, World Braille Day is a chance to celebrate the elegant writing system used around the world by visually impaired readers and writers. There is already a number of cool initiatives and events commemorating January 4 on Twitter. For example, the RNIB h ...

Earlier this fall, PRCVI added LEGO kits that are connected with accessible digital online instructions to its library. These kits have been a popular item for teachers to request on loan, and in working with teachers and students as they use these kits, we've been thinking of all the areas of the ECC that could be supported through this activity. The first step in using the L ...

The PRCVI outreach team attended the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference in Seattle, WA from November 14-16, 2019. We've prepared an overview of the sessions we attended along with links to presentation notes and resources. Turning on Touch Thinking: From Tactile Discrimination to Braille Letter Identification This presentation by Donna McNear focused on teaching tactil ...

Our friends at the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority recently shared with us a document that APSEA O&M Specialists and TSVIs use to determine which O&M skills are taught by the TSVI in collaboration with the O&M Specialist (Teaching Categories), which are taught by the O&M Specialist but reinforced by the TSVI (Reinforcing Categories), and which are ...

It’s no secret that we love braille at PRCVI! And we always look forward to bringing some of that enthusiasm into classrooms. Recently, a teacher of students with visual impairments invited us into one of their student’s middle school classrooms for an introduction to braille lesson. The students learned about the braille cell, dot numbers, alphabet, and capital indicator. T ...

Have you seen the new LEGO Audio and Braille Instructions? LEGO has made four popular building block sets accessible by creating step-by-step audio instructions as well as screen reading-friendly and refreshable braille display-friendly instructions! Of the four building block sets that have been adapted with audio and refreshable braille display-friendly instructions, PRCVI ha ...

Building a Curriculum Bridge: The Challenge of Itinerant Teaching Dr. Kevin Stewart was the keynote speaker at the Charting Our Ways Vision Teacher Conference in Sidney, BC (October 2008). He is well recognized for his research and publications focusing on the learning styles of children with visual impairments, with and without additional disabilities, and on early orientatio ...

The abacus is a valuable tool for students with visual impairments. It provides them with an accessible manipulative that can enable them to work quickly through even complex math problems. PRCVI has a number of resources that can be helpful when teaching this compensatory skill to students with visual impairments. The Abacus There are several tools available in the APH catal ...

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! With many new TSVIs starting work in itinerant roles, this article from Paths to Literacy could not be more timely. Written by our friend Charlotte Cushman, it is filled with incredibly useful tips for those colleagues just starting their itinerant voyage.  20 Tips for New Itinerant TSVIs and COMS I thought it might be helpful to add some ...

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