Main content

Alert message


Book Club Image 2Featuring: A Blind Guide to Normal

Course Description:

A Blind Guide to Normal, by Beth Vrabel, is a coming-of-age story that follows Ryder as he transitions from his safe haven at Addison School for the Blind back into a public middle school. Journey through every possible obstacle that middle school can bring, and learn a little about self-determination and self-acceptance along with Ryder and his new friends. Students need not have read the first book in order to understand the events of this one. Students will acquire the book in their chosen format and read along with the designated timeline. With each section of chapters read, students will answer questions and engage in discussion via Google Classroom.

Target Audience:

Students in grades 6-8

Learning Objective:

Students will develop literacy skills by reading the assigned book, analyzing elements of fiction as they pertain to the piece, and providing relevant and meaningful contributions to a group discussion using an online platform.


Approximately 7 weeks

(There will be two synchronous sessions, one Introduction to begin and one Conclusion to end, via Zoom; dates and times to be determined once students have been referred and accepted. In between, students will read the book on their own time and pace, but there will be a structured timeline for students to complete each course section.)


Important Note:  

Students will need access to the book prior to beginning the course.

Students can access the book through the following services:

  • Bookshare: audio version, or ePub version in iBooks
  • BARD-Texas Talking Book Program: Braille and Audio Reading Downloads

If you have already completed a referral on a student for the 2020-2021 school year, email or call us to add this class to the existing referral. No additional referral paperwork is needed for these students.

If you need help purchasing an accessible version, we will be happy to assist you.

For additional information about this course please contact Cheryl Austin at or 512-206-9203.

Make a Short-Term Programs Referral

Return to School Year Course list