Online Student Materials

Does your student need access to online materials in braille? Many times, even though there is an online version available, there are also PDF files for the materials.

Please have the teacher ask the publisher to provide the PDF files when requesting the material for braille. It’s also good to check with the publisher to see if there is an ISBN connected to the material.

This is all very helpful information for our IMC team.

IMC Team

Weekly Dose of Braille

When it comes to the use of Indicators there are several uses for capitalization, italics, bold, script, but what about numbers? To save space when you come across a table with only numbers there is a great solution, this solution is called the Numeric Passage Indicator and terminator.

In most cases when it comes to numbers, Nemeth is what our standards are set by, but when material is requested for Unified English Braille in a literary sense this option is what I would recommend for saving space.

— 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.

Today is Blind Americans Equality Day or White Cane Safety Day!

Blind Americans Equality Day or White Cane Safety Day is an annual, national observance that recognizes the achievements of blind Americans and the importance of the white cane as the basic tool of mobility and symbol of independence for the blind. It is also a day to remind all citizens of the laws granting the right of way to blind cane travelers. 

In 1964, the United States Congress authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15th of each year as Blind American Equality Day, formerly, White Cane Safety Day.  It is a national observance in the United States, that was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in an effort to raise awareness of people who carry a white cane.  In fact, the day is now celebrated around the world in many countries on the same date. 

A Proclamation on the Blind Americans Equality Day, 2021 

Check out our Cane Tips with Zach video series on YouTube for more information about the white cane and cane travel. 

Cane Tips 

Cane Types 

Sizing a Cane 

Benefits of a Longer Cane 

Maintaining a Straight Line of Travel 

Weekly Dose of Braille

This week a great question was asked about how to format certain types of punctuation, or should I say brackets, when shown in print. Well, whenever research is brought into the mix, it will always be used as a Dose for the following week! — 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.