BEST Professional Development
The Braille Excellence for Students and Teachers (BEST) Grant is a statewide project of professional development and technical assistance dedicated to braille literacy, braille instruction, braille materials, and braille technology in Ohio schools.
Registration is free, however, attendees must register in advance. The following events have a limited number of participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No 'walk in' entry is available.
Assistive Technology Family Conference
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - A conference for parents, students who are blind or visually impaired, and the professionals who serve them.
Scanning for Braille, Large Print and Audio
September 6 - 7, 2017 - Through discussion and demonstration, learn how to prepare files for scanning to produce braille and large print with OCR software.
Summer Braille Courses
The BEST Summer Institute 2017 offers four braille courses that follow the braille courses provided by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Library of Congress. The goal of the BEST grant is to provide participants with a foundation to complete the NLS courses, learn Unified English Braille (UEB), and continue on to become a certified transcriber.
June 12 - 15, 2017 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic braille skills using a Perkins brailler.
June 26 - 29, 2017 - A 4-day intensive course, designed for educators who need advanced instruction in braille.