Learning During Uncertain Times: Remote Resources for You.
It seems that summer is upon us and we are still, for the most part, learning from home. I know the Anchor community is anxious for remote resources to make this summer a season of great learning and fun. Here…
It seems that summer is upon us and we are still, for the most part, learning from home. I know the Anchor community is anxious for remote resources to make this summer a season of great learning and fun. Here are some resources to make an impact on your discoveries as we continue to grapple with conducting most of our learning at home.
Colorado Talking Book Library
Anyone who is blind in the State of Colorado qualifies to be a patron of the library. The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) offers audio books on digital cartridges along with DVD’s containing audio-described films. In addition, CTBL also has a digital reading service called BARD (which stands for Braille Audio Reading Download) and allows you to either download books onto a USB flash drive or smartphone. Play the books from your smart phone or download them onto a flash drive for use on your child’s NLS (National Library Service) talking book player.
Denver Public Library
Although their physical locations are closed, all virtual services offered by the Denver Public Library (DPL) remain available. Request personalized reading lists for both your child and yourself; access digitally downloadable materials through your DPL account. Registering for an E-Card is quick, easy, and completely accessible. DPL’s website also lists Denver resources of interest to those who are blind or have other disabilities.
One special resource offered by DPL which I’d like to highlight is called Phone-A-Story, and it is as good as it sounds: call in each week for a story for your child’s age group in your preferred language. Phone-A-Story also offers children’s rhymes and songs, and the selections change every week.
This is an excellent suite of educational games for both younger and older children developed by Marty Schultz, whose Blindfold and Ears games (without any specific educational purpose) provide endless fun for the whole family. The Objectived games cover basic mobility, academic concepts, and a whole lot more.
These three resources mentioned above are only a starting point. Of course, I will be back with more great learning resources as summer goes on. If you have any resources in which you are interested in working with your child, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will hop on a Zoom meeting with you and your child to walk you through how to use it.
By Emily Romero