Rainbow Joe and Me

About the Book

Rainbow Joe and Me by Maria Diaz Strom | Kirkus Reviews

A review of the book Rainbow Joe and Me from Kirkus reviews.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/maria-diaz-strom/rainbow-joe-and-me/

 

Interview with Children’s Book Author-Illustrator Maria Diaz Strom

A short interview with author-illustrator Maria Diaz Strom.

http://cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit-resources/read/authors/interviews/mariadiazstrom/

Articles For Reference

Exploring Issues of Disability in Children’s Literature Discussions

A qualitative study examining how children in two multiage classrooms examine issues of disability through conversations during read-aloud and literature circle discussions.

http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3865/3644

 

Listening to Braille

A New York Times article how modern technology has impacted those with visual impairment.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/magazine/03Braille-t.html

 

What is Braille? - American Foundation for the Blind

An article explaining what Braille is and how it works.

http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/braille/what-is-braille/123

 

Braille: Deciphering the Code

An article explaining how Braille is used as a code.

http://braillebug.afb.org/braille_deciphering.asp

 

The Braille Story - YouTube

A 2 minute video of how Braille was developed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IQKqPaICKI

 

Braille Translator

A translator that converts text to Braille notation.

http://www.brailletranslator.org/

Culture

Understanding the Visually Impaired

A 3 minute video about understanding the visually impaired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0BBRbvde2U

 

A Child with Blindness -The Planson Family - Our Special Life

A 5 minute episode looking into the life of a family with a child with blindness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZu1CwSfm0g

Development Projects

Stories & Lesson Plans | Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project exposes stories that explore cultural, social and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core standards, its lesson plans, available in both English or Spanish offer an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking.

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library?f%255B0%255D=field_media_type%253A1097&f%5b0%5d=field_edu_subject%253A985#facets

History

History of Blindness | American Action Fund

A timeline of educational and rehabilitative advancements made for the blind in America.

https://www.actionfund.org/history-blindness

 

Blindness in America | American Action Fund

Statistics of blindness in America in 2005.

https://www.actionfund.org/blindness-america

Organizations

NBP - Promoting Braille Literacy

The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/index.html

Teaching Activities

Classroom Guide for Rainbow Joe and Me

A teacher’s guide for the book Rainbow Joe and Me from the publisher’s website.

https://www.leeandlow.com/images/pdfs/rainbow.pdf

 

Removing the Stumbling Block: Teaching Disability Acceptance and Diversity

Classroom activities for teaching about disability acceptance and diversity.

http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/06/teaching-disability-acceptance-and.html

 

Understanding Prejudice: Teacher’s Corner

Various activities to teach about prejudice in elementary school classrooms.

http://www.understandingprejudice.org/teach/elemact.htm

 

Bringing Sight to the Sightless

Classroom activities to teach students about visual impairment.

http://www.tolerance.org/activity/bringing-sight-sightless