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 the lessons one through seven and provide in-depth coverage of lessons eight 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 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 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.


First on-site class: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Last on-site class: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214


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.

Participant responsibility to bring to class

  • Participants are required to bring their own Perkins brailler or computer with Perky Duck or similar 6-key input capability to each onsite session.
  • A limited number of braillers are available to borrow for the workshop if requested.
  • Between onsite sessions, participants will be required to independently complete four lessons, submitting work samples to the instructor via emailed Perky Duck files.

BEST Grant will provide the following materials

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

*if the participant has these materials from a previous training, please bring to this training.*

Certificate of Attendance

Twenty-nine (29) contact hours will be offered for this 4-day 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.


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

For more information contact Julie Burkhart | 614-410-0380 |