Dates / Times

November 2021


OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214


Shelley Mack, TVI and AT&AEM Braille Consultant


TVIs, Transcribers, Intervention Specialists, Paraprofessionals, and Related Service Providers

Learning Objectives

Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on activities, participants will: Become familiar with reading strategies for use with students who are braille users within the context of the regular classroom. Become familiar with the writing process strategies and production for students who are braille users. Connect with other professionals who are involved with reading and writing instruction with students who are braille users. Begin the thinking/planning process on how to access braille reading materials for students in their home school district.


The Braille Reading and Writing Smackdown is a one-day inservice with two focuses to encourage Ohio teachers and support staff to learn from each other regarding instructional strategies for teaching Language Arts to students who are braille users. Participants are invited to share strategies they use in the classroom as blind students read and move through the writing process. Topics could include useful materials, helpful techniques for teaching specific reading and writing topics, tips for Language Arts in the regular classroom, technology for written materials, and much more! Participants should come prepared to demonstrate and explain what strategies have been successfully used with their students, and perhaps ask the group for help in an area that has been challenging! The final part of the afternoon will be used to explore Language Arts curricula designed specifically for braille instruction.

Certificate of Attendance

Five and one-half (5.5) contact hours will be offered.


This training is limited to the first 17 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

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8:45 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 11:30 am Sharing Instructional Strategies for Reading including options for obtaining braille materials
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch on your own
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Sharing Instructional Strategies for Writing including producing final paper product
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Exploring Braille Specific Language Arts Curricula
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Questions and Evaluation