BEST Professional Development
The Braille Excellence for Students and Teachers (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.
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.
Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio
Sept 5-6, 2019 - Training in the use of ABBYY FineReader and Microsoft Word to convert printed docs and images into electronic editable text.
Summer Braille Courses
The BEST Summer Institute 2019 offers four braille courses that follow the braille courses provided by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Library of Congress. The goal of the BEST grant is to provide participants with a foundation to complete the NLS courses, learn Unified English Braille (UEB), and continue on to become a certified transcriber.
June 10 - 13, 2019 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic braille skills using a Perkins brailler.
June 24 - 27, 2019 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic Nemeth code for K-8 math and science notation.
June 17 - July 8, 2019 - An intensive braille course, designed for educators who need advanced instruction in braille.