Disability History Month

October is Disability Awareness/History Month

Your Name in Braille Activity

Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with fingers by people who are blind or who have low vision. Braille symbols are formed within units of space known as braille cells. A full braille cell consists of six raised dots arranged in two parallel rows each having three dots. To learn more about braille visit the American Foundation for the Blind website at: www.afb.org

Your Name in Braille Activity:

Materials: Braille Alphabet, Name Template (printed), small round gems, glue

1. Print the Name Template (scroll to the bottom and click on the link.)
2. Use the Braille Alphabet to spell your name in braille.
3. Glue the round gems into the appropriate cells.
4. Once dry, run your fingers over your name to feel your
name in braille!

Activity Extension: Discuss where braille is used. Notice examples of braille in public places and use your sense of touch to explore the raised code!
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The books listed below enhance awareness and foster an understanding of disabilities.

This week of October, explore one or more of these fantastic books:

• A Different Little Doggy by Heather Whittaker (ages 4-8)
• My Sister, Alicia May by Nancy Tupper Ling (ages 5-7)
• Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (age 5-10)
• We Can Do It! by Laura Dewight (ages 4-6)
• My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville (ages 5-8)
• Ian’s Walk by Laurie Lears (ages 6-9)
• Don’t Call Me Special by Pat Thomas (ages 4 and up)
• The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon (ages 4-9)
• Looking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang (ages 4-8)
• Daniel’s New Friend byBecky Friedman (ages 3-7)
• Hannah by Gloria Whelan (ages 7-10)