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Living Paintings

Equality of access, inclusion and shared experiences in the classroom

23rd October 2020

A tactile image from Amazing Grace of Grace dancing

Our books and resources support the teaching and learning of subjects in school around the UK – opening up a world of education in a fully accessible way to blind children.

We often receive feedback from teachers about our service. Here’s some wonderful feedback on the themes of equality of access to learning materials, inclusion and shared experiences in the classroom.

Tactile picture showing a dolphin leaping from the ocean alongside the colour photo original. From Living Paintings Explore the Seashore

Equality of access and inclusion

“Your books have been fundamental in enabling us to provide our pupils with access to books and pictures their peers are accessing, with high quality tactile pictures and braille.”

“Your resources connects the pupil with classroom learning, especially when things are very visual in content, e.g. the human body. Sighted peers enjoy using the resources alongside the blind child, which supports social inclusion.”

“Your service provides access to story books and the imagery that helps develop imagination and understanding. You help pupils who are blind to be treated the same as fellow students.”

“We borrowed books about the solar system during a school topic and took them with us on a visit to the planetarium. Holding the tactile drawings on his lap to touch, during the show, really brought the presentation alive for him. He was one of the first children in the class to learn the planets in order.”

 

A hand feeling a tactile picture of a stegosaurus.

Shared experiences

“Our pupil was delighted that something chosen specifically for him, has been used with his whole class and for an assembly.”

“The boy I work with is always so keen to stand up and tell the whole class about the  amazing things he has learned after reading the books – he feels he is able to ‘see’ the images as they do through your brilliant books.”

“The child is able to talk and laugh with the other children over a book and can work as part of a group during topic based learning to feel included.”

“To be able to access a book which has tactile information, whilst the class are accessing the same book in print, makes all the difference to their (blind pupil’s) confidence, inclusion and learning.”

“It made a huge difference when the class are doing shared reading and they have the same book as the class in a tactile version.”

“The student shared a pack with her peers. The whole group benefited and it helped the student’s social interaction.”

 

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