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A Touch of Braille

A Basic Introduction to the Alphabet and Numbers


Wednesday, September 6, 2023. 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


This introduction to braille workshop was developed to assist those who support students who are visually impaired by providing an introductory level of understanding braille. This is a one-day, hands-on training for paraprofessionals, general educators, other school staff and parents/families.


Online training via Zoom.


  • Paraprofessionals working with students who are potential or current braille users, particularly young, newly blind, or cognitively limited students
  • Staff of Boards of Developmental Disabilities working with students who are potential or current braille users
  • Other school staff working with students who are potential or current braille users
  • Parents and family of children who are potential or current braille users


Through participation in reading, writing, and varied individual and group practice activities, the participants will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of contracted and uncontracted braille.
  • The ability to read the braille alphabet and numeric digits.
  • The ability to write the braille alphabet and numeric digits. 
  • Use of six-key input to produce braille.
  • An awareness of resources for further braille instruction.


1:00pm - 2:00pm Introduction to braille as a literacy tool;
Definitions of contracted and uncontracted braille;
The braille alphabet;
2:00pm - 2:05 pm Break
2:05 pm - 3:00pm Braille digits 0-9;
Questions and Answers;

Participant Provides

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

Contact Hours

Two (2.0) contact hours will be offered for full participation.


Shelley Mack, TVI and Braille Consultant for the AT&AEM Center


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

Registration deadline: September 4th, 2023

Register online via OCALI Pass

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 or questions contact Augusta Fisher at