Course Description

This course is designed for educators who need advanced instruction in contracted Unified English Braille (UEB) and the formats in which it is transcribed. The course consists of two onsite sessions with four additional lessons to be completed independently between. The course will briefly review the content of lessons one through seven and provide in-depth coverage of lessons eight – nineteen of the NLS Braille Transcribing Course, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. Participants will have sessions for independent and group work and will apply their updated knowledge as they read, write, and proofread braille literary material. Students will use the Perkins Brailler and a computer with 6-key input and Perky Duck to produce braille materials.

First On-site Class: Monday, June 17, 2019 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
Last On-site Class:Monday, July 8, 2019 – 8:30am – 4:30pm

Instructional Procedures

Students will be using a combination of methods including lecture, hands-on with the Perkins Brailler and computer with 6-key input capabilities and Perky Duck; tactile readings; games involving reading braille; independent work; and group work.


Shelley Mack, Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (CTVI) and Certified Braille Transcriber


OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214


The trainings are limited to the first 15 participants to register

Deadline for registration: May 25, 2019 - Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Register Online via OCALI Pass

Registration deadline: May 25, 2019.

Learning Objectives

The student will demonstrate:

  • Increased braille literacy skills.
  • Ability to read, write and proofread contracted literary braille.
  • Understanding of literary braille formatting and textbook formatting.
  • Awareness of resources and various pieces of technology and software for braille production.
  • Knowledge of key terms relating to braille and critical principles for development of good reading by touch.



Certificate of Attendance:
Twenty-nine (29) contact hours will be offered for this course.

Graduate Credit:
Two (2) semester hours of University of Dayton credit will be offered for each of the braille courses. The BEST Grant will pay for the college credit tuition for the first twenty (20) Ohio teachers to register.

BEST Grant will provide the following materials for each participant:

  • Braille paper
  • UEB Edition Drills
  • The Rules of Unified English Braille Second Edition, 2013
  • Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing – UEB Edition, 2015

Participant Responsibility

  • Participants are required to bring their own Perkins brailler or computer with Perky Duck or similar 6-key input capability to each onsite session.
  • Between onsite sessions, participants will be required to independently complete 4 lessons, submitting work samples to instructor via emailed Perky Duck files.


Julie Pashovich| 614.410.1042 (p)

The content of this course was developed under a grant from the United States Department of Education. However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of the United States Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.