Weekly Dose of Braille

So you are not sure whether or not a blank line is used when applying a top and bottom exterior borders for a set of nested boxes? Whew, that is a mouth full! Should dots 123456 even be used? Answer, yes, in deed! Remember, if two separate boxes follow each other, as opposed to appearing as a smaller box in a bigger box, a blank line between boxes helps the braille reader know the difference. Source formats 2016. Thank you for a great question coming in from Chicago! Keep your questions coming!
Due to the holiday next week, there will not be a Weekly Dose of Braille.
— Denise Bean

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.

Register Today! Summer Online Course for Paraeducators, Associates and Educators

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Braille

We know how important the role of Paraeducators, Associates and Educators play in ensuring students have the accessible educational materials they need to succeed and how important braille support is to students. We want to help make sure educators have the information they need.

The Instructional Materials Center and Library will be offering an 8 week online, self-paced course focusing on providing an introduction to braille and accessible educational materials. While the course focuses on information for paraeducators and associates, other educators may find the information useful and are welcome to register. A $200.00 honorarium will be available to those who successfully complete the training.

This course combines our library’s Braille Bits course and our IMC courses on accessible educational materials into one.

Braille Bits is an introductory course to braille designed to familiarize participants with the braille system, with braille contractions and their usage, and with the rules of braille. It provides 21 short lessons with podcasts and homework to reinforce each lesson. As participants work through the Braille Bits lessons they will have access to the library’s certified braille transcribers to answer questions and provide information. Participants will be provided with a braille alphabet card, flash cards and a “braille cheat sheet” poster.

The AEM portion of the course will use videos, resources, and articles to provide information and learning opportunities to sharpen your skills. Participants will provide reflections after each topic to help plan how the concepts can be used with students. Some of the topics will include introductions to; our library and Instructional Materials Center, AEM and Ordering accessible educational materials for students, Universal Design for Learning, and accessibility.

Google Classroom will be used to access course lessons, assignments and resources.

Course: June 13th – August 7th (self-paced using Google Classroom)
Registration Due: May 30th by 5:00pm
Registration

Pacing Guide for Student Orders

Teachers move through course materials at varying paces and often jump around rather than going in chapter order.  

When ordering materials for your student, please be sure to include a detailed pacing guide so materials can be produced in the proper order. This information is crucial to ensure that the materials are ready when the student needs them.

Example of a pacing guide:

ChapterName of ChapterDue date
1Intro to Chem8/15/2022
2Measurements9/1/2022
6Matter and Change9/15/2022
9Atomic Structure10/1/2022
5Nuclear Chemistry10/15/2022
3Chemical Nomenclature11/1/2022
7Chemical Reactions11/15/2022
8The Mole12/1/2022
4Stoichiometry12/15/2022
10Electron and Atom1/15/2023

IMC Team
515-281-1323
IMClibrary@blind.state.ia.us

Weekly Dose of Braille

Tis the season for worksheets, and usually with worksheets, questions roll into my inbox about formatting. Keep in mind when transcribing or proofreading a table, a lot of decision making comes down to the transcriber discretion, and most importantly, consistency and ease of reading. Guidelines are provided and should be referred to often. — Denise Bean

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.