Encouraging a love of reading - Isobel's story - Living Paintings

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Encouraging a love of reading – Isobel’s story

27th June 2017

Isobel feely the pictures in a Touch to See book and listening to the description on USB

For an unknown reason, Isobel’s eyes did not develop properly while she was in the womb, which meant she was born with a severe visual impairment. An unsuccessful operation to remove cataracts later on down the line caused Isobel’s vision to deteriorate further.

Before her operation, Isobel was learning both large print and braille at school, which took a toll on her ability to keep up with school work and consequently, her confidence plummeted.

Isobel’s mum joined the library in November 2015 after seeing the Living Paintings Appeal on BBC’s Children in Need. Here she shares her story and explains how Living Paintings have helped her daughter.

“After the operation, our hand was forced, we had to move her to 100% braille and she was given a cane. The school and her specialist teachers have been absolutely amazing. She moved from being bottom of the class, to middle of the class in less than a year, she became engaged with the work and with all the success at school her confidence skyrocketed and in particular she discovered a real talent and love for maths.

Isobel and her sighted brother road testing a new feely picture of a whale.

Finding Living Paintings has been a complete revelation for myself and Isobel. It gives her vital access to free books, with clear images and fantastic, engaging audio descriptions, which can support her learning at school. The fun books, which are arguably more important, increase her ever growing love of reading!”

A mobile phone sitting on a wooden table top and wrapped in earphones displays the Living Paintings website.


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