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Extending the Bridge: 
Helping Tutors, Teachers, and Other Service Providers
and Their Organizations to Better Serve Blind and Visually-Impaired Adults Learning English as a Second Language (ESL),
Focusing on Literacy Acquisition

A six-session series of information sharing and discussion

Session Two:  Literacy for Adults who are Visually Impaired or Blind with an Emphasis on English as a Second Language

This series was presented in May and June of 2003. It was funded primarily by a grant from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).  In 2002, the presenters, Sylvie Kashdan, Robby Barnes and Cecilia Erin Walsh, attended a three-day training presented by the American Foundation For The Blind National Literacy Center, entitled Bridging the Gap:  Best Practices for Instructing Adults Who Are Visually Impaired and Have Low Literacy Skills.  Following this training we were invited to submit a proposal for sharing what we had learned.  Hence, this series, Extending the Bridge.  Other funding sources were St. James ESL Program, Kaizen Program for New English Learners with Visual Limitations, and Washington State Office of Adult Literacy.  We also received help from volunteers with research and organizational tasks.


Introductions and opening questions

How eye conditions affect learning and literacy

Modifications in environment

Importance of literacy for visually impaired and blind people, with emphasis on those learning English as a Second Language

How literacy affects learning opportunities and quality of life

Open discussion

Handouts for Session Two

Print for people with visual limitations


Kaizen Program

for New English Learners with Visual Limitations

810-A Hiawatha Place S., Seattle, WA 98144, U.S.A.

phone:  (206) 784-5619

email:  kaizen_esl@literacynet.org 

web:  http://www.nwlincs.org/kaizen/