October 5, 2022 from 8:30am – 12:00pm


The Braille Formatting: Best Practices for Braille Materials is a half-day, hands-on inservice conducted via Zoom for Ohio educators and support staff with a focus on the purpose and structure of formatting braille materials for use in the school setting.

Just as print materials use text font and placement to attract a print reader to specific sections of a page or indicate the varied importance of headings and other information, braille materials should also convey this same information to the braille reader. The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) has released the current Braille Formats: Principles of Print-to-Braille Transcription, 2016, which outlines the rules of formatting material using Unified English Braille (UEB). This workshop will introduce the basics of formatting in relation to materials used in the K-12 classroom setting.


TVIs, Transcribers, Paraprofessionals, and braille materials production assistants

Learning Objectives

Through the general braille formatting discussion, demonstration, and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Become familiar with and practice the proper braille formatting techniques for K-12 print instructional materials.
  • Problem solve the formatting of educational materials the participants currently use in the classroom setting.
  • Begin the thinking/planning process on how to implement proper formatting with students in their home school district.

Contact Hours

Three (3) contact hours will be offered.


Shelley Mack, TVI, Certified Braille Transcriber, and AT&AEM Center Braille Consultant

Participants Need to Have:

A brailler, braille paper or a computer with 6-key capability (Perky Duck, etc.) For a free Perky Duck download click here.

Computer, iPad, or other device for wifi access to Braille Formats Principles or download the formats in advance of workshop

It is recommended that participants use a second device to access the virtual meeting if using Perky Duck to participate.


This training is limited to the first 20 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Registration deadline: October 3, 2022

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information contact Augusta Fisher at