June 2022


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.


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.


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.


Registration and more information coming soon!

For more information contact Augusta Fisher at