Professional Development

The BEST Grant is a statewide project of professional development and technical assistance dedicated to braille literacy, braille instruction, braille materials, and braille technology in Ohio schools.

As part of the BEST Grant’s goals to support the implementation of braille instruction and braille technology, the BEST Grant is providing the following professional development trainings and webinars.

View the BEST 5-year PD activities schedule.


Registration is free, however, attendees must register in advance. The following events have a limited number of participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No 'walk in' entry is available.

Best Activities Schedule


These online training sessions will help you to learn how to teach and provide access to STEM subjects for students who use braille.

Training NameStatusDate(s)Link
Braille Note with KeyMath Online

Feb 2021

BrailleNote Touch Plus with KeyMath

STEM Braille Day: STEM Smackdown & Nemeth Skill Refresher Online

March 12, 2021 from 9:00am - 3:15pm

STEM Braille Day: STEM Smackdown & Nemeth Skill Refresher

Advanced Nemeth Online

June 2021

Advanced Nemeth

Basic Nemeth Online

June 14 through June 17, 2021

Basic Nemeth

Tactile Graphics Online

September 2021

Tactile Graphics

Reading / Writing

Learn braille and how to effectively teach braille to students to access reading and writing activities with these online training opportunities.

Training NameStatusDate(s)Link
A Touch of Braille Online

September 18, 2020 from 8:30am – 12:00pm

A Touch of Braille

Paraprofessional Instructional Support Techniques: Supporting Students Who Are Braille Users Online

September 25, 2020, from 8:30am – 12:00pm

Paraprofessional Instructional Support Technique: Supporting Students Who Are Braille Users

Braille Note with Google Online

Jan 2021

BrailleNote with Google

Dancing Dots Software Online

March 2021

Dancing Dots Software

Basic Braille Online

June 2021

Basic Braille

Advanced Braille Online

June 2022

Advanced Braille

Accessible Documents & The Production Of AEM

These online training sessions offered within this category will focus on the creation and development of accessible documents along with utilizing tools and features within applications to support the production of accessible educational materials.

Training NameStatusDate(s)Link
Creating Accessible Word Documents Online

September 3, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Creating Accessible Word Documents

Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio Online

In 4 online sessions: September 15-24, 2020 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio

Braille Formatting Online

October 2, 2020 from 8:30am - 12:00pm

Braille Formatting

Duxbury Braille Translation Software Online

In 4 online sessions: October 20 - 29, 2020 from 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Duxbury Braille Translation Software

Creating Accessible PDFs Online

September 2021

Creating Accessible PDFs