Using Word and Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software

Dates / Times

1st online session: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024. 12:30 - 3:30pm

2nd online session: Thursday, February 8th, 2024. 12:30 - 3:30pm

3rd online session: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024. 12:30 - 3:30pm

4th online session: Thursday, Febraury 15th, 2024. 12:30 - 3:30pm

5th online session: Tuesday, February 20th, 2024. 12:30 - 3:30pm

6th online session: Thursday, February 22nd, 2024. 12:30 - 3:30pm 

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.

Participants will be able to:

  • Configure DBT
  • Configure Microsoft Word and SWIFT
  • Format print page numbers
  • Format and manipulate headings
  • Format basic exercise material manually and with autonumbering
  • Format bulleted lists
  • Format transcriber's notes
  • Produce different table formats
  • Use Word's basic Find and Replace for formatting

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:

Assignment #1 Due (before first session): Friday, February 2nd, 2024 (5:00pm)

To better understand the types of documents attendees are encountering, this assignment helps provide discussion points throughout the training. 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. Please include the corresponding print (i.e., PDF, JPG, PNG, TIF, etc.) which is oftern necessary for a better understanding of the original document.

Assignment #2 Due: Thursday, February 8th, 2024 (10:30am)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 1. 

Assignment #3 Due: Monday, February 12th, 2024. (5:00pm)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 2. 

Assignment #4 Due: Thursday, February 15th, 2024 (10:30am)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 3.

Assignment #5 Due: Monday, Februrary 19th, 2024 (5:00pm)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 4. 

Assignment #6 Due: Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 (10:30am)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 5. 

Assignment #7 Due: Monday, February 26th, 2024 (5:00pm)

Activity assigned at the end of Session 6. 

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


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
  • Training is full, and registration has closed.
  • 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

Do you need accommodations? Please fill out the Accommodations Request form at least one week prior to the scheduled training to ensure we are able to fulfill your request adequately. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully!

For more information contact Augusta Fisher at