GoTap Braille is an exciting new iPad app that teaches and reinforces braille. Designed for inclusive settings in the early years, following a framework in which typically developing peers learn to read, the app teaches the over 180 Unified English Braille (UEB) contractions contained in Dolch and other sight words. Sighted peers can sit alongside and learn the same words, sentences, and paragraphs in print.
Field-tested GoTap Braille is engaging and interactive. With over 80 pages of activities including tactile manipulatives and overlays, students can reinforce tactile discrimination skills, match words, create words, and sentences, and read sentences and paragraphs all with auditory feedback. The included GoTap Braille Guidebook discusses rationale and how to get started with this early literacy program. Also, the guidebook provides suggestions for supplemental technologies, along with sample lessons showing how teachers can further engage students in learning braille. GoTap Braille was designed to be used by a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI) but because of its unique features, can also be used by a paraprofessional working under the direction of a certified TVI.