August 2021 Webinars

As summer wraps up our skills committees have been hard at work creating five different free webinars for August. This month our lineup of free, short webinars includes the monthly Formats, Music, and UEB Literary topics plus a Nemeth and Tactile Graphics topic.

Remember that these webinars are entirely free to anyone and don’t require registration. As long as you’ve got an internet connection, you can click the join link below each description a few minutes before start time, and you’re in! These are intended to run short on purpose, so the content portion is typically around 15 minutes long, and then there’s a few minutes for any questions. We want you to be able to learn some new tricks without having to take a lot of time out of your busy day!

We hope you’ll be able to join us live, but if you can’t, remember that we record all our webinars. Those recordings are housed in the archive, and are available to current NBA members. If you want to watch later, just sign in with your member account, navigate to the skills area you’re looking for, and hit play! If you’re not a member and want access to training videos, checkout this page for more info about membership.

Braille Formats Textbook

Displayed Material

Presenter: Angela Brewer, Member, Braille Formats Textbook Committee
Date: Friday, August 6th at 1:00p ET

Description: As of the 2016 release of Braille Formats, Displayed Material has undergone many changes. This webinar will focus on a wide variety of print and braille examples of what displayed material is and what to do with it in your transcription.


Music Braille

Instrumental Scores

Presenter: Kathleen Cantrell, Chair, Music Braille Committee
Date: Monday, August 16th at 1:00p ET

Description: This month we will begin looking at how to transcribe music for more than one instrument – for ensembles such as bands, orchestras, and other groups of players.


Unified English Braille Literary

Final-Letter Groupsigns — a Refresher

Presenter: Dan Gergen, Chair, Unified English Braille Literary Committee
Date: Wednesday, August 18th at 1:00p ET

Description: We’ll study final-letter groupsigns as described in UEB Section 10.8 and identify problem words by looking at different ways to be aware of how and why punctuation, pronunciation, and indicators can have an effect on their use. We’ll also examine rules for contraction preference as explained in UEB Section 10.10.


Nemeth Code For Math And Science

Fractions – Simple to Hypercomplex

Presenter: Shawn Greiner, Member, Nemeth Code for Math and Science Committee
Date: Thursday, August 26th at 11:00a ET

Description: A return to the basics as we look at fractions from Simple to Complex to Hypercomplex. How to determine what you actually have, and how to braille it correctly.


Tactile Graphics

Oh My… Where Do I Put This Key?

Presenter: Beverly North, Member, Tactile Graphics Committee
Date: Friday, August 27th at 12:00p ET

Description: Maps and other types of diagrams commonly contain a key to help the reader understand the details in a graphic. The placement of the key can vary, depending on the length of items in the key. In this webinar we will cover essential information in Unit 5 of Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics, 2010 , relating to the placement of the key and tactile graphics pages.