The 12- week basic Braille course will provide educators and beginning transcribers the opportunity to improve their braille skills, while addressing the needs of students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind. The course will be offered with traditional face-to-face instruction and/or online or a combination of both. The course will provide basic instruction in braille for educators and support staff incorporating Unified English Braille (UEB). Knowledge of the braille alphabet is a plus. The course will introduce the braille alphabet, capitalization, paragraphing, punctuation, cardinal numbers, one-cell whole-word contractions, whole-word contractions, part-word contractions, ordinal numbers, whole-word lower sign contractions, part-word lower sign contractions, short-form words, and some formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read and write with a Perkins Brailler and/or Perky Duck and proofread literary braille materials.


All dates are from 6:00pm – 7:30pm and in 2020.

February 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13


Online or at OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214


Robin Finley - OSSB Reading Specialist

Dan Kelley - OSSB Adaptive Technology Instructor


Educators and others who work with students who use braille

Learning Objectives

The student will demonstrate:

  • the ability to read and write the braille alphabet with a Perkins Brailler
  • knowledge of braille numbers, punctuation, and braille contractions
  • increased braille literacy skills
  • understanding of UEB changes.

Certificate of Attendance

Eighteen (18) contact hours will be offered for completion of the course

BEST Grant will provide the following materials

  • Ashcroft’s Programmed Instruction: UEB

Participant responsibility

  • Brailler
  • Braille paper
  • Their own computer if participating online
  • Perky Duck downloaded on computer


This training is limited to the first 15 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Registration deadline: Feb. 21, 2020

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information contact Julie Burkhart | 614-410-0380 |