As part of the BEST Grant’s goals to support the implementation of braille instruction and braille technology, BEST is offering a professional development training focused on MathType and Equatio software. The instructors will facilitate the session with a hands-on learning platform. The training is open to educators and support staff serving students with visual impairments at no cost.


Using MathType and/or Equatio with the BANA template are effective tools for preparing math braille documents. The primary focus of this hands-on training is learning how to use MathType and/or Equation in Word before importing material to Duxbury for braille translation.


March 6, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm


OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214


Jerry Whittaker, Technical Assistance Consultant, Heather Bridgman, Assistive Technology Consultant, Shelley Mack, TVI and Braille Consultant


Educators, transcribers and others who work with students who use Nemeth

Learning Objectives

Participants will demonstrate:

  • entering equations into Word using MathType.
  • entering equations into Word using Equatio.
  • using Duxbury math codes in the Word setting.
  • producing proper Nemeth Code math braille in the UEB setting by importing formatted Word documents into Duxbury.


  • MathType introduction & overview including enhancement of visual appearance
  • MathType to input equations into Word including shortcut keys and practice
  • SWIFT and the Word BANA template for Nemeth
  • DBT Math Codes
  • Reading and correcting translated braille
  • Equatio introduction
  • Obtaining documents for use
  • Equatio features
  • Steps in using Equatio to input math into Word: BANA Template, Screenshot Reader
  • Reading and correcting translated braille
  • Special cases including problem math topics and document types


Knowledge of Nemeth Code and formatting in Word for Duxbury Braille translation (familiarity with BANA Braille template operation)

Certificate of Attendance

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

Materials Provided

A one-year subscription for the Mathtype software or an upgrade will be provided to each district/agency represented (one copy per district/agency).


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

Registration deadline: February 28, 2020

Register online via OCALI Pass

For more information contact Julie Burkhart | 614-410-0380 |