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Advanced Nemeth


Thursday June 15, 2023 - Hybrid (In person or online simultaneously)

Thursday June 22, 2023 - Online only

Thursday June 29, 2023 - Hybrid (In person or online simultaneously)

Class times 9:00am - 4:00pm (EST)


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


  • Educators and others who work with students who use braille
  • Braille Transcribers with limited Nemeth Code experience


The student will demonstrate:

  • Increased braille literacy skills
  • Ability to read, write, and proofread contracted literary braille
  • Understanding of litearary 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

Course Description

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. 


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 Reproduced in Braille) Will be provided through the BEST Grant.

Certificate of Attendance

Twenty-five point five (25.5) contact hours will be offered for this 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.

Ashland registration link.

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


Training is limited to the first 20 participants to register.

Deadline for registration: June 3, 2023

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information or questions contact Augusta Fisher at