Tuesday, June 13, 2023 – Hybrid (In person or online simultaneously) 

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 – Online only 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 – Hybrid (In person or online simultaneously) 

9:00am - 4:00pm EST

In Person Location

OCALI | 470 Glenmont Ave | Columbus, OH 43214 


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 braille using 6-key input
  • 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


The Basic Braille Course will provide basic instruction in braille for paraprofessionals, parents, 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 (Unified English Braille). This course will also introduce simple formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work via group video conferencing and will apply their knowledge as they read and write using 6-key input and proofread literary braille materials.


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

Class materials are available online at:

Online Participation

Participants are required to use a computer with free Perky Duck software available at

Certificate of Attendance

25.5 contact hours will be offered for this 3-day 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!


This training is limited to the first 20 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don't delay signing up!

Registration deadline: June 2, 2023

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information contact - 614-410-1042