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Abstract: Perkins School for the Blind announces the launch of the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program.
Key Words: News & Views, blind, deafblind, Perkins School for the Blind, literacy, Braille, Odds Bodkin
After several years in development and nationwide testing, Perkins School for the Blind is proud to announce the launch of the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program - a collection of materials designed both to teach fundamental literacy skills to children with visual impairments and to help parents and other caregivers support children's literacy development.
The kit consists of three interrelated storybooks, activity guides and cassettes; a resource guide; a story box; a Gund plush panda with a backpack that can hold a dual-speed tape player; and carry bags. All the storybooks have visually appealing high-contrast illustration, large print and uncontracted Braille. Odds Bodkin, a well-established storyteller and songwriter, worked with Perkins to write the books and the stories and songs on the cassettes.
The primary audience is families of children with visual impairments, ages birth to 8. In addition, the materials are valuable in program settings, to families with older children with multiple impairments and to parents and grandparents with visual impairments for use with sighted (grand)children.
All components are available as a kit or separately. For more information, call 800-972-7671 or 001-617-972-7667, e-mail Perkins.Panda@Perkins.org, or visit www.Perkins.org.
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