This 12-Week course offers educators and beginning transcribers the opportunity to improve their braille skills, while addressing the needs of students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind. The course will be offered with traditional face-to-face instruction and online. The course will provide basic instruction in braille for educators and support staff incorporating Unified English Braille (UEB). Knowledge of the braille alphabet is a plus. The course will introduce the braille alphabet, capitalization, paragraphing, punctuation, cardinal numbers, one-cell whole-word contractions, whole-word contractions, part-word contractions, ordinal numbers, whole-word lower sign contractions, part-word lower sign contractions, short-form words, and some formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read and write with a Perkins Brailler and/or Perky Duck and proofread literary braille materials.

Dates / Time
All classes are from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
August 8, 15, 22, 29
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 3, 10, 17, 24

Registration / Check-in
August 1, 2017 from 5:45 - 6:00 pm

Online and/or OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214.

Attendees can choose to attend online, face-to-face at OCALI, or a combination of both options.

Robin Finley - OSSB Reading Specialist
Dan Kelley - OSSB Adaptive Technology Instructor

Register Online via OCALI Pass

Registration deadline: August 1, 2018

The trainings are limited to the first 15 participants to register

Learning Objectives

The student will demonstrate:

  • Ability to read, write and proofread the braille alphabet with a Perkins Brailler
  • Knowledge of braille numbers, punctuation, and braille contractions
  • Increase in braille literacy skills
  • Understanding of UEB changes


Certificate of Participation:
21 contact hours will be offered for 12 days of training.

Participant Responsibility

  • Brailler
  • Braille paper
  • Their own computer if participating online
  • Perky Duck downloaded on computer

The BEST Grant provides each participant with the textbook Ashcroft’s Programmed Instruction: UEB


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.