75 years of providing continuing education to those who prepare braille and braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.

Welcome to National Braille Association

National Braille Association, founded in 1945, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to providing braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.

What We Do

Since our founding in 1945, the National Braille Association has been led by a team dedicated to ensuring that braille readers receive the best materials possible. Teachers of the visually impaired and braille transcribers in North America receive education from leading experts through these services.


Join others from around the world to gain access to exclusive content created for transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired


Join us for our annual Professional Development Conference each fall to receive training on a broad range of topics

Training Bureau

Our team of experts can visit your organization and offer a training experience tailored to your group’s needs

Ask an Expert

Our technical support forum allows members to ask questions about transcription projects and receive direct support


Our website store features print, hard copy braille, and ebooks of training materials written for all levels of expertise

Web-Based Learning

Join one of our webinars from anywhere in the world, or watch a training video in our archive of recordings

Help NBA Celebrate 200 Years Of Braille

This year organizations all around the world are celebrating the invention of braille. Join us in celebrating!

National Braille Association is an international organization with no local units or chapters. All members join as individuals. Many of them work through philanthropic, religious or service groups in their own communities or are professionals in related fields. All serve NBA in a volunteer capacity, including those on the Board of Directors.

Web-Based Learning

Recognizing that it is costly and sometimes difficult for transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired to travel for training, the National Braille Association began to offer web-based learning opportunities in 2016.

We offer a series of webinars to NBA members and the general public.

NBA Training Publications


2018 Braille Formats Study Guide

The 2018 NBA Formats Study Guide is designed to familiarize transcribers with the Braille Formats, Principles of Print-to-Braille Transcription, 2016 code.


Diacritics and More, 2015

This material examines words divided into syllables, words with diacritic markings and other types of grammar examples. The rules of Unified English Braille and Braille Formats 2016 guidelines are combined to show the best way for transcribing these types of text.


Webinar: It's Complicated

Single registration for live attendance to “It’s Complicated” webinar on January 25, 2019