Unified English Braille for Vision Professionals
WCBVI is holding a 12-session online class from September 12, 2016 through December 9, 2016 to introduce vision professionals to Unified English Braille (UEB). This includes vision teachers, paraprofessionals, transcribers and proofreaders.
This class is free of charge. Due to high demand the course is only open to those who live or work in Wisconsin. (Videos and drills are open to the public; see below.) Registration is available online and will be open until September 4, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
Optionally, two graduate credits are available through Viterbo University for $220.00. An additional paper at the end of the course is required to obtain the credits. Participants wishing credit need to register with Viterbo University as well as for the online course. Send the registration form and a check or credit card information to:
WCBVI Outreach Director
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Each session consists of a video approximately 30 to 60 minutes in length, optional drill practice and a graded homework assignment of 50 items. Participants should aim to complete one session a week. Session topics are listed at the bottom of this page.
- A strong foundation in braille
- Computer literacy and Internet access
- Microsoft Word 2007 or later
- The braille translation software Perky Duck (free download from http://duxburysystems.com/product2.asp?product=Perky Duck&level=free&action=pur)
- Adobe Reader (free download from http://get.adobe.com/reader/)
Videos and drills will be available to the public as they become available. You can view them via our YouTube playlist or see the links below which will become available as the course progresses.
- Session 1: Alphabetic Contractions and the Strong Categories
- Session 2: Lower Wordsigns and Groupsigns
- Session 3: Initial and Final Letter Contractions, Shortforms
- Session 4: Capitalization and Grade 1 Mode
- Session 5: Numeric Mode
- Session 6: Typeforms
- Session 7: General Symbols Part 1
- Session 8: General Symbols Part 2
- Session 9: Punctuation and Computer Material
- Session 10: Modifiers, Early English, and Foreign Language
- Session 11: Technical Material and Line Mode
- Session 12: Code Switching; Scansion, Stress and Tone