This two-day workshop will provide comprehensive training on a collection of templates and macros for Microsoft Word for producing braille and large print for paper or electronic devices such as iPads or computers. The templates and macros are limited to Windows versions of Microsoft Word (versions 2013, or 2016, 2019, and 365). Participants will receive the templates and macros for use at home or school or for commercial large print production.


Feb. 10-11, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm


OCALI, 470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214


Jerry Whittaker, AT&AEM Center Technical Assistance Consultant


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

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Create large print in a variety of sizes to meet the reading needs of students
  • Create braille documents to meet the reading needs of students

February 10, 2020 - Day 1

  • Large Print: it’s much more than large letters
  • Installing the templates and macros into Microsoft Word
  • Customizing the Word ribbon tabs
  • Introduction to the customized Quick Access Toolbar and Large Print tab and braille tab ribbons
  • Selecting and attaching a large print or braille template to a document
  • Using the styles pane to format large print text
  • Formatting boxed material; image captions and descriptions, and transcriber notes
  • Automating reference page number identification and formatting
  • Automated formatting of exercise materials
  • Making Images accessible
  • Alternatives for displaying math
  • Making external hyperlinks useable for both paper and electronic text

February 11, 2020 - Day 2

  • Converting tables to fit the printed page
  • Applying a smaller font to a table - when and why to use them
  • Physical page numbers - how and when to use them
  • Automatically creating a hyperlinked table of contents - advantages and implications for users
  • Creating an unlinked table of contents - methods and implications for users
  • Extracting text and images from DAISY/NIMAS files
  • Putting it into practice – participants produce an 18 to 20 page document for both printing and for electronic reading
  • Exporting a PDF file for printing or for loading on electronic readers.

Participant Preparation for the Workshop

  • If available, participants should bring a tablet device. An (iPad (except mini size) with iBooks (free from the Apple App Store) and Adobe Reader. Android tablet (with 9.7-inch diagonal screen size or larger) with Adobe Reader will also work. Other PDF readers which allow student to enter text on a PDF file can also be used.
  • Participants who have access to a cloud storage account such as iCloud, Dropbox, Box, or One Drive etc. should bring password information to access the account on the computer lab machines.

Certificate of Attendance

Ten (10) Contact Hours will be offered for participation in both days


This training is limited to the first 15 participants to register. Classes fill-up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

Registration deadline: January 17, 2020

Register online via OCALI Pass

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