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

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.


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 over 700 others from around the world to gain access to exclusive content created for transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired

Ask An Expert

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


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


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

Training Bureau

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

Web-Based Learning

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

NBA Training Publications

  • Braille Enthusiast's Dictionary - Cover

    Braille Enthusiast’s Dictionary: Unified English Braille Edition [Braille]

    Braille edition of the Braille Enthusiast’s Dictionary – Unified English Braille Edition

    NOTE: This is the hardcopy braille edition of this title.

  • 2018 Braille Formats Study Guide - Cover Image

    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

    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.

  • DBT Quick Reference Guide for BANA Template Users

    Duxbury Braille Translator Quick Reference Guide for BANA Template Users

    In this publication, the participant will use Microsoft WORD 2007, 2010, or 2013, the BANA Template, and Duxbury Braille Translator. In WORD, it will cover attaching the BANA Template to WORD documents, formatting the document using the BANA Template tools, and importing the WORD file into DBT. In DBT, you will learn to choose the correct translation template and translation table, set up the document page preferences, review, translate and save files as DXP, DXB and BRF’s. In the publication, we will also cover entering DBT codes in a DXP file, creating templates from a DXB file, and learn various shortcut keys.

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The National Braille Association would like to thank these generous donors for helping to host our
2018 Professional Development Conference
in Detroit, Michigan