[Athen] Got Braille?

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Wed Mar 18 17:34:28 PDT 2015

Hi all!

January of 2015 has begun the official "transition" year for the changes to
the braille code. In the United States, braille is moving from the English
Braille American Edition (EBAE) rules to the Unified English Braille (UEB)

What does this mean for you and your campus? It means that it would be good
for staff members to refresh their skills so that your campus knows what to
tell your students, how to explain the changes to them, and what questions
to ask when you order braille for them.

To aid colleges with the transition, I am offering five opportunities in
California for sighted folks to learn to read braille. (I have a sixth
training at the NBA conference in Texas in April. See the National Braille
Association Web site for more information on that one:
http://www.nationalbraille.org/Conference/ .)

I am also offering special one-day trainings (two here in Cupertino, one in
Santa Barbara, and others TBD) for braille readers who want to learn the
changes to the code. The training for braille readers is for individuals who
already read braille with either their fingers or their eyes. The
expectation is that attendees for that training will be familiar with the
current code and read at least fairly well. The one-day UEB for Braille
Readers training is not for beginners. Please make sure that any braille
readers on your staff are aware of this training.

Because it is so important for people to refresh their skills and become
aware of the changes, we are offering a special opportunity for anyone in
the CCCs who needs this training to take it at any of the California
locations, and we will cover travel and lodging as we normally would for
trainings here in Cupertino. (If you have questions, please contact Jasper
Haze, 408-996-4636, jhaze at htctu.net.)

In addition, we are partnering with the ATPC to offer the training in
Camarillo in June.

All of the California trainings are free. We invite colleagues from other
systems to attend on a space-available basis. Please register as soon as you
can for these trainings so that I can gauge whether I need to add additional
sections to meet the need.

Register for any of the trainings (other than NBA), through our Web site:


If you have never attended one of our trainings before, please create a new
account for yourself (see login/new account).

And, of course, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you!


Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
<http://www.htctu.net/> www.htctu.net


If you would like to schedule a site visit, training, or phone consultation,
please contact HTCTU Admin Assistant, Jasper Haze at
<mailto:jhaze at htctu.net> jhaze at htctu.net or 408-996-4636; to ensure that
priority e-mails are seen, please copy Jasper on important and
time-sensitive matters.

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