Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Training Program

One of the components of Braille Brain is a braille training program for teachers, paraprofessionals, and family members to learn braille. It consists of two courses, UEB literarybraille (including UEB math) and Nemeth braille. The courses may be used to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to pass the braille competency exams associated with teacher preparation programs for teachers for the visually impaired. The courses are also available to teachers, paraprofessionals and parents of children who are braille learners who wish to learn and practice braille alongside their students/children. 

Each course introduces a topic/concept, provides clear examples, and allows users to practice the concepts in an interactive quiz format. Additionally. it is organized to serve as a quick access reference for basic braille concepts and rules.
 
Each course has 21 units that range from basic numbers and letters to more advanced rules, symbols, and basic formatting. The program is constructed to parallel other braille learning programs. It is a course for print readers who will be teaching students to read braille, rather than a braille literacy course for school-age students.
 
To register for this self-paced braille training program, email Gina Michell at gina.michell4@calstatela.edu.
 
A young girl examines a swing cell as she prepares to write on her Perkins braillewriter.
 
 
This project was funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), 84.235E Special Projects and Demonstrations for Providing Vocational Rehabilitation Services to Individuals with Severe Disabilities.  The project is titled: Braille Brain: A Braille Training Program for pre/in-service Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVI), paraprofessionals, and other educational team members (H235E190002).