Charlotte Cushman, M.L.S., M.Ed., is Project Manager for the Training and Educational Resources Program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. She has been a classroom teacher and an international educational consultant for Perkins, and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa.
In this podcast, Charlotte Cushman talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Understanding the learning challenges of students who are blind, deaf-blind, or have other physical and cognitive disabilities.
- Using tactile objects, picture books, technology, clear explanations, and other strategies to teach about health.
- Working as a team with the student, family members, teachers, and interpreters.
More Ways to Learn:
- Perkins School for the Blind, www.perkins.org. Health literacy information for students who are blind or visually impaired is available in Scout, the Webcasts http://www.perkins.org/resources/webcasts/ and Accessible Science http://www.perkins.org/resources/curricular/accessible-science/ sections of the Perkins website.
- Paths to Literacy www.pathstoliteracy.org While the focus of this site is about general literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired, you can find a blog post on Health Literacy Month at http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/celebrating-health-literacy-month
- Cervantes, Carlos, et al (2009). Adapted Physical Education Resource Manual, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation http://www.aahperd.org/aapar/publications/freeresources/upload/ape-resource-manual.pdf
- Leiberman, Lauren. Fitness for Individuals Who Are Visually Impaired or Deafblind, at http://www.aph.org/pe/art_lieberman3.html
- National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, http://www.nationaldb.org
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 17, 20, 23, 32, 40, 41.