Using Word and Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software

Dates / Times

1st online session: Tuesday, February 14, 2023. 1:00 - 3:30pm

2nd online session: Thursday, February 16, 2023. 1:00 - 3:30pm

3rd online session: Tuesday, February 21, 2023. 1:00 - 3:30pm

4th online session: Thursday, Febraury 23, 2023. 1:00 - 3:30pm

5th online session: Tuesday, February 28, 2023. 1:00 – 3:30 pm 

6th online session: Thursday, March 2, 2023. 1:00 – 3:30 pm 

Course Description

This multi-session training is designed to teach participants how to use SWIFT and the BANA template for Microsoft Word to prepare daily classroom material for DBT Win. Note, this series of training sessions does not include the production of math. The course consists of six online sessions with seven additional assignments to be completed independently.


It is helpful to be familiar with word and DBT.

Learning Objectives

After completion of this training participants will be able to produce basic daily classroom materials, such as worksheets and tests. Additional issues may be discussed if time allows. These topics are the foundation for all braille production.

Participants will be able to:

  • Configure Microsoft Word
  • Configure DBT
  • Use SWIFT and the BANA braille template
  • Format print page numbers
  • Format and manipulate headings
  • Format basic exercise material manually and with autonumbering
  • Format bulleted lists
  • use Word's simple Find and Replace

Free Software for Your School District

The BEST Grant will provide the most recent version of Duxbury Braille Translation Software (DBT) (or will upgrade an older version of the software) to participants who complete all four sessions and additional assignments of the course to use in their school district/agency (one copy per district/agency). A single user license or upgrade of DBT will be emailed to you.

BEST Grant will provide the following:

  • A laptop and additional monitor will be mailed to the participant for use during the training. After completion of the training sessions, the laptop and monitor need to be mailed back to the AT&AEM center. A return UPS mailing label will be provided. 

  • To qualify for one (1) single user license of DBT for use in your school district or agency, you must: 

  • Attend all six sessions 

  • Submit each assignment by the designated due date 

  • Return the laptop and monitor to the AT&AEM center 

The single user license of DBT will be ordered and emailed to you after the above requirements are fulfilled. 

Participant Assignments Deadlines

To qualify for a DBT user license, the folliwing assignments must be completed. Attendees who already have a current DBT license are also encourage to submit assingments. These activities provide an opportunity to ensure understanding. 

Send assignment files to Susan Christensen:

Before First session: Friday, February 10, 2023 (5:00pm)

Submit a .docx source file you need to prepare for DBT. For example, the source file may be a file run through OCR (such as ABBYY FineReader), teacher prepared, personally typed, etc. NO MATH. Send the corresponding pdf or image file if the source file was prepared from paper copy or another file format. (i.e., .pdf, .jpg, .png, .tif, etc.).

Thursday, February 16, 2023 (11:00am)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 1. 

Monday, February 20, 2023 (5:00 pm) 

Activity assigned at the end of Session 2. 

Thursday, February 23, 2023 (11:00 am) 

Activity assigned at the end of Session 3. 

Monday, February 27, 2023 (5:00 pm) 

Activity assigned at the end of Session 4. 

Thursday, March 2, 2023 (11:00 am) 

Activity assigned at the end of Session 5. 

Monday, March 6, 2023 (5:00 pm) 

Activity assigned at the end of Session 6. 


Susan Christensen, DBT Specialist. Email:

Contact Hours

Fourteen (14) contact hours will be offered for completion of this course.


  • This workshop is limited to 15 participants
  • Deadline for registration: February 6, 2023
  • You must have a Lending Library account in order to register and be provided the equipment. By registering you are agreeing to return the equipment in a timely manner and in the condition it was received as well as any additional agreements per the Lending Library registration

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information contact Augusta Fisher at