Course Description

The course is designed for persons who need more advanced instruction on braille Nemeth math code and science notation. The course consists of two onsite sessions with four additional lessons to be completed independently between. Participants will have activities for independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read, write, and proofread braille math and science materials. Students will use the Perkins Brailler and a computer with 6-key input and Perky Duck to produce braille materials. Coursework will include examples following current recommendations for the use of Nemeth in UEB materials.

First On-site Class: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
Last On-site Class: Tuesday, July 9, 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), Certified Braille Transcriber and AT & AEM Braille Consultant


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.

The trainings are limited to the first 15 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Learning Objectives

The student will demonstrate:

  • Use of Nemeth in UEB materials.
  • Basic understanding of Nemeth braille formatting.
  • Ability to read, write and proofread advanced Nemeth code for math and science.
  • Awareness of resources, various pieces of technology and software for braille production


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
  • Instruction Manual: An Introduction to Braille Mathematics, 1972

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.