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Braille Training

Learning to create accurate braille documents and tactile graphics requires instruction and time to practice. It is also essential to use the software and hardware during that process. TSBVI offers Braille and Tactile Graphic Boot Camp twice a year to give TVIs and others responsible for creating braille materials for their students this opportunity.

Training for Teachers of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments and Paraprofessionals

Braille Production and Tactile Graphic Boot Camp

Braille Boot Camp was designed for those who are new to braille production and anyone needing a refresher. It is four days of hands-on, experiential learning focused on the skills you need to produce braille documents and tactile graphics for your students. Attendees will create a portfolio of braille documents and tactile graphics. The final session concludes with training on cleaning and making minor repairs to braille writers.

All activities are conducted in small groups or individually. Everyone will have opportunities to create a number of worksheets and tactile graphics to take home as well as instruction manuals and other resources.

Activities include:

  • A deep dive into the use of Microsoft Word for braille and tactile graphic production.
  • Converting files to editable text and understanding file types and extensions.
  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics, and Technical materials.
  • Tactile Graphics Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics.
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes, number lines, and Cartesian coordinate planes.
  • Opportunities to work with the hardware (braille embossers, swell touch, and thermoform machine) and software used for these tasks.
  • Level I certification for braille writer cleaning and minor repair.

REGISTER for the next Braille Boot Camp.

Literary Braille Certification

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers a braille reading class designed to prepare learners to achieve the prestigious Library of Congress certification. This National Library Service course is administered by the National Federation of the Blind. Our braille reading class is a local study group designed to teach learners to read and write the literary braille code. The class works through the NLS course material and provides a strong emphasis on developing braille reading skills.

The class begins in September and holds 24 sessions during the year. It meets on Mondays at 4:15 p.m. for an hour and a half. Attendees can attend in person or join live through Zoom. Regular attendance, participation, and turning in assignments on time are required.

For more information, a copy of the syllabus, or to register contact Sue O’Brien at obriens@tsbvi.edu.

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