Wednesday, June 15; Wednesday, June 22; and Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Online Class Times: 8:45 am - 4:00 pm 


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. 


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

Class Materials

  • Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing - UEB Edition, 2015 (lessons 7-19, Appendix A, and Drills Reporoducted in Braille) Will be provided through the BEST Grant.
  • Additional handouts provided by instructor. Will be provided through the BEST Grant.
  • The Rules of Unified Braille Second Edition, 2013.


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

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.

Please register here!

You must also register via OCALI Pass through the link below!

Certificate of Attendance

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


Registration deadline: June 3, 2022

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information contact Augusta Fisher at