ClearVision now stocks a small but varied selection of ‘easy readers’ for students at Key Stage 3-4 (and above) who are in the early stages of reading, or who are not confident readers. These books have been chosen from three quite different series – all in their various ways appropriate for this age group.
SEN Press has recently published a series of books written for young people (14-19 years) with learning difficulties, operating at or around Level 1. Each introduces key life skills and social skills topics directly relevant to young people. The stories (about such topics as walking home at night, preparing a packed lunch or buying clothes) are wittily told in simple, easy to read language suitable for people with a reading age of 6.5 to 7. ClearVision copies have the braille text (grade 1 or grade 2 braille) interleaved on clear plastic sheets.
The Dark Man series, published by Ransom, is designed for teenagers and young adults with a reading age of 5 to 7. Each book has a strong (and seriously dark) plot to engage the reader and features haunting, age-appropriate illustrations. The simple, carefully written texts (about 200 words in total, 36 pages) are appropriate for the early stages of reading. ClearVision copies have the braille text (grade 1 or grade 2) interleaved on clear plastic sheets.
ClearVision also stocks some fiction and non-fiction books from the popular Livewire series (brailled by RNIB). Some of these are appropriate for readers at Key Stage 3 but with a reading age of 7-8. These slim A4 braille books have double line-spacing and are available in grade 1 or grade 2 braille. ClearVision lends them with a matching print copy for shared reading.
Some schools and v.i. services borrow tactile books from ClearVision to use with visually-impaired teenagers with additional disabilities. We are conscious of the need to provide age-appropriate books as far as possible and will avoid sending anything too babyish for these young people.
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