The Basic Braille Course will provide basic instruction in braille for paraprofessionals and teachers and is not intended to be a refresher for the experienced braille user. The course will introduce/review the braille alphabet, capitalization, punctuation, cardinal numbers, one-cell whole-word contractions, whole-word contractions, part-word contractions, and some short-form words, all according to UEB. This course will also introduce simple formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read and write with a Perkins Brailler and proofread literary braille materials.


Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Class Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Embassy Suites, 2700 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231


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


Educators and others who work with students who use braille

Learning Objectives

The student will demonstrate:

  • Increased braille literacy skills;
  • Ability to write with a Perkins Brailler;
  • Ability to read, write and proofread the braille alphabet;
  • Knowledge of braille numbers, punctuation and braille contractions;
  • Awareness of resources and various pieces of technology and software for braille production


Familiarity with the braille alphabet will be helpful before starting this course.

BEST Grant will provide the following materials for each participant:

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

Participant Responsibility

Participants are required to bring their own Perkins brailler to each course. Participants may also bring a computer with Perky Duck already installed to be used for some activities.

Certificate of Attendance

Twenty-nine (21) contact hours will be offered for this 3-day course.

Graduate Credit

Two (2) semester hours of University of Dayton credit will be offered for each of the braille courses. Additional out of class assignments will be assigned for those that would like graduate credit for Basic Braille. The BEST Grant will pay for the college credit tuition for the first twenty (20) Ohio teachers to register.


Lodging at the Embassy Suites is offered to course participants Monday through Tuesday nights and paid for by the BEST Grant. Participants must provide a credit card number at check-in for incidentals and all other costs. A roommate may be assigned to you unless you request a roommate. Please contact Julie Burkhart if you require special accommodations.


This training is limited to the first 15 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Registration deadline: May 25, 2020

Register online via OCALI Pass

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