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 video conference sessions with four additional lessons to be completed independently between. The course will briefly review the content of the lessons one through six and provide in-depth coverage of lessons seven through 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 via video conferencing and will apply their updated knowledge as they read, write, and proofread braille literary material. Students will be using a combination of methods including lecture, hands-on braille writing using 6-key input, tactile readings, games involving reading braille, independent work, and group work via video conferencing.


First video conference class: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Self-Paced Independent Work, June 12 – July 12

Last video conference class: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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


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


Participants must be proficient in reading and writing the Braille alphabet and be familiar with the punctuation and contractions presented in the first several NLS lessons.

Online Participation

  • Participants are required to use a computer with free Perky Duck software available at
  • Between online video sessions, participants will be required to independently complete four lessons, submitting work samples to the instructor via emailed Perky Duck files.

Class materials are available online at:

*If the participant has these materials from a previous training, please note that some materials have been updated within the last year.*

Certificate of Attendance

Twenty-five (25) contact hours will be offered for this 4-day course.

Graduate Credit

Two (2) semester hours of Ashland University 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.


This training is limited to the first 15 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Registration deadline: June 4, 2020

Register online via OCALI Pass