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) and TimesLink
Producing Tactile Graphics on the Juliet 120 Online

March 13, 2023. 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Producing Tactile Graphics on the Juliet 120

Instructional Strategies for STEM Subjects Online

March 8, 2023. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  

Instructional Strategies for STEM Subjects

Basic Nemeth Online

June 2023

Basic Nemeth

Advanced Nemeth Online

June 2023

Advanced Nemeth

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) and TimesLink
Introduction to Braille Music Online

May 2023

Introduction to Braille Music

Basic Braille Online

June 2023

Basic 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) and TimesLink
Using Microsoft Word Templates and Macros to Produce Large Print, Braille, and Electronic Text Online

March 2023

Using Microsoft Word Templates and Macros to Produce Large Print, Braille, and Electronic Text

Accessible & Assistive Technologies

The Accessible and Assistive Technologies training series focuses on a variety of topics surrounding technologies that support use and access across platforms for students who are blind.

Training NameStatusDate(s)Link
Duxbury Braille Translation Software Online

February 14 - March 2, 2023. 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Duxbury Braille Translation Software