[Athen] Braille is changing! Are you ready?

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Tue Sep 15 12:00:34 PDT 2015

. What: Chance to learn to read the new UEB braille code and
understand how the changes to braille affect accommodating students

. Where: National Braille Association (NBA) Conference, Louisville,

. When: October 22-October 24, 2015

. Who should attend: Alt media specialists, teachers/aides who work
with students with visual impairments, anyone taking or interested in taking
the transcribers course, new transcribers who want intensive practice with

. Why: Because this is a golden opportunity to learn to read and
understand the new UEB code in just three days

. How: To register, and for additional information, visit the NBA
website: <http://www.nationalbraille.org> www.nationalbraille.org

More information below!

2015 NBA Fall Professional Development Conference

Louisville, Kentucky


Celebrating 70 Years of Service!

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015

Calling all Transcribers, TVIs, Paraprofessionals, Alternate Media
Specialists, Accommodation Specialists, and other professionals,

I would like to extend an invitation to the National Braille Association
Fall 2015 Professional Development Conference and the continuing celebration
of our 70th anniversary year. From October 22 to October 24, we will
convene in historic Louisville, Kentucky! Louisville, also known as the
Gateway to the South, is sometimes referred to as either one of the
northernmost Southern cities or as one of the southernmost Northern cities
in the United States, and is the home of the American Printing House for the
Blind, the oldest producer of braille books in the United States, and the
famous Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby!

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering workshops on the Unified
English Braille (UEB) code, perfect fare to accommodate the January 4, 2016,
implementation of the Unified English Braille Code in the United States.

Join us to Explore how the Nemeth code can work within a Unified English
Braille (UEB) context. We will discuss the necessary symbols and formats
complete with a number of examples. The material for this workshop has been
prepared according to BANA's, "Provisional Guidance for Transcription Using
the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts." Will UEBe Ready?

** This will be the last National Braille Association conference until the
Fall of 2016.

Additionally, we will be offering a three-day "Braille Boot Camp, featuring
UEB" as well as numerous other workshops to choose from. Some workshops are
limited in the number of participants, so don't delay in registering.

Our host is the historic Galt House, located on the Ohio River. This is the
largest hotel in Kentucky. The room rate is $139.00 per night for single or
double occupancy. Reservations must be made on or before September 28, 2015
to receive the conference rate. Registration Rates are posted on the NBA
webpage. To register, and for additional information, visit our website:
<http://www.nationalbraille.org> www.nationalbraille.org

Braille Boot Camp for UEB

This intensive three-day training is an introduction to the basics of
braille, with a focus on learning to read braille visually. No previous
knowledge of braille is required. The three days will be divided into six
separate workshop sessions. Each session builds on the concepts covered in
the previous sessions. Whether you are an experienced braillist or new to
the world of braille this workshop could be beneficial in the following

. Transcribers who are in or have just completed coursework can
benefit from the overview of the braille code, as well as the intensive
reading practice.

. Those planning to take the proofreading test will be able to focus
in-depth on reading the contractions and reviewing the rules.

. Educators and support staff working with braille readers can learn
enough to assist their students with basic braille concepts in a classroom
setting, as well as learning ideas for improving reading speed.

. Parents of braille readers can learn enough to assist their
children with homework.

. Experienced transcribers, who teach the Literary Lesson Course,
will receive a wealth of excellent reference sheets and practice material
that compliments the Literary Lesson manual very nicely.

. Experienced transcribers can brush up on their ability to read
braille without the use of a translation line.


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


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