A Basic Introduction to the Alphabet and Numbers


Monday, October 4, 2021 from 12:00pm – 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.




  • 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. 


12:00pm – 1:30pm Introduction to braille as a literacy tool;
Definitions of contracted and uncontracted braille;
The braille alphabet;
1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
1:45pm – 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

Three and one-half (3.0) 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 30, 2021

Register online via OCALI Pass