As part of the BEST Grant’s goals to support the implementation of braille instruction and braille technology, BEST is offering a professional development workshop focused on topics and techniques related to both support of students in curricular and extracurricular activities.


Paraprofessionals are frequently the school staff with the most contact with students who are blind or visually impaired. The Paraprofessional Instructional Support Techniques is a one-day, hands-on Inservice for paraprofessionals with all levels of experience whose role is to support students who are braille users in the preschool to grade 12 school setting. The day will focus on topics and techniques related to both support of students in curricular and extracurricular activities. Ohio paraprofessionals will have the opportunity to network, problem solve, and sharpen their skills through a variety of activities including some using sleep shades.

Dates / Times

March 30, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm


OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214


Shelley Mack, TVI and Braille Consultant for the AT&AEM Center


Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Review fundamental principles of blindness etiquette.
  • Investigate techniques with which blind students participate in curricular topics.
  • Explore the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments.
  • Sharpen braille reading and writing skills.
  • Problem solve challenging situations which occur during the school day.
  • Network with other Ohio paraprofessionals.
  • Begin the thinking/planning process on how to implement instructional support techniques with students in their home school district.

Participants Need to Bring:

A brailler, braille paper or a computer with 6-key capability (Perky Duck, etc.) For a free Perky Duck download.

Contact Hours

Five (5) Contact Hours will be offered for full day participation


This workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Deadline for Registration: March 18, 2020

Registration online via OCALI Pass


8:45 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 10:25 am Blindness Etiquette; Braille skill practice; Role of the Paraprofessional
10:25 am – 10:35 am Break
10:35 am – 11:45 am Core Curriculum support techniques; Braille skill practice
11:45 am – 12:50 pm Lunch on your own
12:50 pm – 2:00 pm Expanded Core Curriculum overview and support techniques; Braille skill practice
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm Break
2:10 pm – 3:15 pm Technology; Braille skill practice; Putting it all together!
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Questions and Answers, Evaluations

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