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. Familiarity with the braille alphabet is a plus. 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 10 through Thursday, June 13, 2019

Check-in and Registration: 8:15am Monday, June 10, 2019
Class Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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

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

Register Online via OCALI Pass

Registration deadline: May 25, 2019.

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.


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.

BEST Grant will provide the following materials for each participant:

  • Braille paper
  • UEB Edition Drills
  • The Rules of Unified English 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.


Lodging at the Embassy Suites is offered to course participants Monday through Wednesday 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. Write in the name of a roommate on the line provided on the registration form. Please contact Julie Pashovich if you require special accommodations.


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.