I-M-ABLE: An Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education

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Session Dates

Monday September 17, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday September 18, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This training will introduce teachers of students with visual impairments to I-M-ABLE. This approach is designed for children who are not making progress in braille reading, particularly those with additional cognitive impairments, as well as deaf-blind.

Each component of the I-M-ABLE approach will be described and modeled. These components include getting started with literacy instruction in braille, selecting key vocabulary words or phrases, teaching tactile perception and tracking skills, teaching writing, teaching phonics and letter recognition and contractions, writing and reading stories, and expanding children’s language development. Participants will be provided hands-on teaching and learning experiences with the braille code utilizing the various components of the I-M-ABLE. Participants will apply the I-M-ABLE approach to create materials for each component, such as demonstrating how to read (tactilely) vocabulary words and developing a short story.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the principles upon which I-M-ABLE is based
  • Select and teach core vocabulary to provide literacy instruction in braille
  • Create materials for use with I-M-ABLE
  • Incorporate the various components of I-M-ABLE into a literacy program

Target Audience

Teachers of Students who are Visually Impaired (TVIs), Teachers of Students who are Deaf-Blind, Parents/Families

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Visual Impairment/Blind

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Diane P. Wormsley, Ph. D.

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer


Jennifer Edgar
800-441-3215 x 7218