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Using Microsoft Word Templates and Macros to Produce Large Print, Braille and Electronic Text

Monday, February 10, 2020 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

This two-day workshop will provide comprehensive training on a collection of templates and macros for Microsoft Word for producing braille and large print for paper or electronic devices such as iPads or computers. The templates and macros are limited to Windows versions of Microsoft Word (versions 2013, or 2016, 2019, and 365). Participants will receive the templates and macros for use at home or school or for commercial large print production.

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12-Week Blended Basic Braille Course

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

The 12- week basic Braille course will provide educators and beginning transcribers the opportunity to improve their braille skills, while addressing the needs of students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind. The course will be offered with traditional face-to-face instruction and/or online or a combination of both. The course will provide basic instruction in braille for educators and support staff incorporating Unified English Braille (UEB). Knowledge of the braille alphabet is a plus. The course will introduce the braille alphabet, capitalization, paragraphing, punctuation, cardinal numbers, one-cell whole-word contractions, whole-word contractions, part-word contractions, ordinal numbers, whole-word lower sign contractions, part-word lower sign contractions, short-form words, and some formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read and write with a Perkins Brailler and/or Perky Duck and proofread literary braille materials.

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Braille Reading and Writing Smackdown

Friday, February 28, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

The Braille Reading and Writing Smackdown is a one-day inservice with two focuses to encourage Ohio teachers and support staff to learn from each other regarding instructional strategies for teaching Language Arts to students who are braille users. Participants are invited to share strategies they use in the classroom as blind students read and move through the writing process. Topics could include useful materials, helpful techniques for teaching specific reading and writing topics, tips for Language Arts in the regular classroom, technology for written materials, and much more! Participants should come prepared to demonstrate and explain what strategies have been successfully used with their students, and perhaps ask the group for help in an area that has been challenging! The final part of the afternoon will be used to explore Language Arts curricula designed specifically for braille instruction.

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MathType and Equatio Software Training

Friday, March 6, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

Using MathType and/or Equatio with the BANA template are effective tools for preparing math braille documents. The primary focus of this hands-on training is learning how to use MathType and/or Equation in Word before importing material to Duxbury for braille translation.

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Summer 3-Day Basic Braille

Monday, June 8, 2020 - Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus

2700 Corporate Exchange Dr. - Columbus, OH 43231

The Basic Braille Course will provide basic instruction in braille for paraprofessionals and teachers and is not intended to be a refresher for the experienced braille user. The course will introduce/review the braille alphabet, capitalization, punctuation, cardinal numbers, one-cell whole-word contractions, whole-word contractions, part-word contractions, and some short-form words, all according to UEB. This course will also introduce simple formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read and write with a Perkins Brailler and proofread literary braille materials.

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Summer Advanced Braille

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - Monday, July 13, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

This course is designed for educators who need advanced instruction in contracted Unified English Braille (UEB) and the formats in which it is transcribed. The course consists of two onsite sessions with four additional lessons to be completed independently between. The course will briefly review the content of the lessons one through seven and provide in-depth coverage of lessons eight through nineteen of the NLS Braille Transcribing Course, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. Participants will have sessions for independent and group work and will apply their updated knowledge as they read, write, and proofread braille literary material. Students will be using a combination of methods including lecture, hands-on with the Perkins Brailler and computer with 6-key input capabilities and Perky Duck; tactile readings; games involving reading braille; independent work; and group work.

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Summer 4-Day Basic Nemeth

Monday, June 15, 2020 - Thursday, June 18, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus

2700 Corporate Exchange Dr. - Columbus, OH 43231

The Basic Nemeth Course will review the basic Nemeth code for math and science notation. This course will cover the Nemeth code notation appropriate for kindergarten to middle school curricula. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read, write, and proofread math and science materials. Students will use the Perkins Brailler to produce braille materials. The course will be appropriate for students with little or no Nemeth experience. The course will also include examples following current recommendations for the use of UEB in Nemeth materials.

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Creating Accessible Word Documents

Thursday, September 3, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

This training was developed to assist those who support students who are visually impaired by providing an introductory level of understanding materials accessibility. This is a half-day, hands-on in-service for paraprofessionals, general educators, other school staff.

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Scanning for Braille, Large Print and Audio

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Friday, September 11, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

This workshop will provide training in the use of ABBYY FineReader, an OCR (optical character recognition) program used to convert the images of printed documents into electronically editable text. Microsoft Word will be used to demonstrate clean-up methods and for formatting braille and large print.

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A Touch of Braille

Friday, September 18, 2020

OCALI

470 Glenmont Ave. - Columbus, OH 43214

This introduction to braille workshop was developed to assist those who support students who are visually impaired by providing an introductory level of understanding braille. This is a one-day, hands-on training for paraprofessionals, general educators, other school staff and parents/families.

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