The IPaSS Curriculum Support Department adapt learning materials into various formats including Large Print, Braille and Tactile resources. Materials are adapted following guidelines which are in line with those used by testing and examination agencies. Large print materials generally range from 18pt to 36pt but sometimes larger fonts are required. A pupil who has some available vision may use large print materials alongside Braille. Various resources can be produced in large print including Reading books, Text books, Maps, Diagrams, Graphs, Timetables, Periodic Table, Maths & Science resources, Games, Labels. Publisher supply some books in PDF format. The PDF provides a high quality original of the book in electronic format. These can be used directly by the pupil to access on their laptop, notebooks or tablet or text and images can be extracted from the PDF and reformatted into large print or Braille. Braille can be produced in Grade 1 or Unified English Braille (UEB). An early Braille reading scheme, ‘Dotty About Braille’, has been produced by Fiona Simpson, Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI). Various resources can be produced in Braille including Reading schemes, Reading books, Text books, Maps, Diagrams, Graphs, Timetables, Periodic Table, Maths & Science resources, Games, Labels. Tactile representations can help to support learning, particularly in the early years when concept building is being developed. Various materials offering different contrasts, textures and smells can be used. A variety of different resources can be produced into tactile format including Pictures, Books, Maps, Models, Games, Feely Bags & Boxes, Story Sacks, Olfactory Boxes, Topic Boxes, Fastening Cushions and Fastening Vests. Lots of other bespoke items can be made into tactile resources to help support learning. Moon is a simple tactile code which provides an alternative reading method to Braille. Because moon is based on the shapes of letters in the written alphabet, it is a less complicated reading system than Braille. Moon is primarily used by children who have a visual impairment and additional or complex difficulties who are unable to learn Braille. There are a wide variety of Audio books available from external agencies including the RNIB Library.
Various external agencies provide adapted materials which can be loaned or purchased. Others provide electronic materials. These agencies and the services they provide include:
|VI Team Leader|
|Curriculum Support Officer - Specialist in the Production of Large Print and Braille Resources|
|Curriculum Support Officer - Specialist in the production of Tactile Resource Materials|