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A New Forum Topic For Ask An Expert

By Chris Clemens | November 13, 2019
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As codes are announced and their complex applications become part of a transcriber’s routine, there are sure to be questions. For over a decade our team of transcribers have been answering your technical questions about braille on our Ask An Expert forum. This week Cindi Laurent, President of the National Braille Association is announcing a brand new forum topic to handle a brand new set of questions. She writes: NBA is growing our services! We are pleased to announce that our latest forum on Ask on Expert has gone live. The UEB Technical forum is a place for you to...

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November 2019 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | November 8, 2019
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We may be winding down from our conference in Phoenix, but we’re winding up with our webinar schedule! Whether or not you’re a member, as long as you have an internet connection you can join in at any time to our free webinars. They last around 15 minutes or so, and provide an opportunity to learn a bit more on a wide array of topics tailored to transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired. Here’s our lineup of free webinars for November. To join, you just click the link a few minutes before start time! (Please note that there is...

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Thank You For Helping To Make The 2019 Silent Auction A Success!

By Chris Clemens | November 4, 2019
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Each year during our Professional Development Conference we host a Silent Auction. For one-and-a-half days during the conference, attendees outbid one another on an array of items donated from individuals and organizations. All of the proceeds raised during the Silent Auction directly support our efforts to provide educational services to transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired. There is always a great collection of items. We receive handmade goodies, crafted things, artwork, consumer electronics, and an endless list of other fun things. While the conference itself is always a lot of fun, the Silent Auction is particularly exuberant. In fact,...

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BULLETIN: Vol. 55, No. 3 – Fall 2019

By Chris Clemens | October 14, 2019
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The Fall 2019 BULLETIN: Vol. 55, No. 3 is now available for current NBA Members to download right from our website! Once you’re logged in, navigate to the “My Account” using the link at the very top of your screen. Then you’ll find a link to go to view the Bulletin. Both PDF and BRF files are available to download right now! For those who receive the braille, print, and disc editions of the Bulletin, you should be receiving those editions within coming weeks. Remember: even if you receive any hardcopy form of the Bulletin, as a current member, you still...

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Conference Registration Deadline

By Chris Clemens | October 9, 2019
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We are now just a few weeks from the start of our annual Professional Development Conference! We’ve been busy prepping to greet those of you who are joining us in Phoenix this year, and wanted to provide a few updates. No Onsite Registration During previous conferences, we’ve allowed attendees to show up at the conference and register on-site. This year, many of our workshops have reached their capacity for attendance, so onsite registration will not be an option for Phoenix. We would hate for anyone to travel and incur expenses of getting to the conference and then not be able...

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October 2019 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | October 4, 2019
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We’re hoping that you’re among those who will be joining us for our 2019 Professional Development Conference in Phoenix this month. If you’re not able to be with us but still want to learn a few new transcription tricks, the October webinar lineup is now officially announced! We did shift a few dates for the regularly occurring Formats Friday and Music Mondays, so be sure to pay close attention with dates on this month’s schedule. Formats Friday: NotesPresenter: Cindi LaurentFriday, October 11 at 1:00p ESTDescription: Section 16.7 talks about miscellaneous note issues. Let’s look at some more examples of things...

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September 2019 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | August 29, 2019
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Join us in September for two free webinars! We’ll be hosting our monthly Formats Friday webinar on September 6, and our monthly Music Mondays webinar on September 16. These short free webinars are free to both NBA members and the public. They’re intended to be a brief look into a specific area of transcription and to help you gain a better understanding of your work. Remember that our webinars are recorded and current NBA members have unrestricted access to the archive of recordings. If you’re a member and can’t make the live webinar, just sign into your account and watch...

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Our Website Refresh

By Chris Clemens | August 26, 2019
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If you’ve visited our website recently, you may have noticed some changes. We’ve been working behind the scenes for much of this year to implement some new functions to our website. We’ve been really excited to unveil them, but have been waiting for the right moment. On August 12th, we officially launched those updates to our site!!! Why The Changes There were some issues with our previous system that many of you experienced directly. Some people experienced issues with membership renewal notices not arriving properly. We were not able to process donations on our website. Our friends and members in...

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Free Webinar: BrailleBlaster In-Depth

By Chris Clemens | August 9, 2019
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One of the newest braille translation software programs to hit computers is a free program called BrailleBlaster, developed by American Printing House for the Blind (APH). BrailleBlaster was designed to assist transcribers working primarily on textbooks, and provides a platform for automating many basic transcription functions, but provides advanced tools as well. On Tuesday, August 20, we’re hosting a free BrailleBlaster webinar open to anyone with an internet connection! Join us for a 90-minute in-depth look at the software with presenter William Freeman of APH. DESCRIPTION In 90 minutes, you will learn how to create a new file, format multiple...

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August 2019 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | July 31, 2019
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Formats Friday: Wide TablesPresenter: Cindi LaurentFriday, August 2, 2019 at 1:00p ESTDescription: Wide table formats will be discussed using several examples of different types of tables. We will discuss which method of transcription works best for which type of table and how that decision is made. TO JOIN Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/342032477You can also dial in using your phone.United States: +1 (571) 317-3129Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391Access Code: 342-032-477 Music Mondays: Braille Numeral RepeatsPresenter: Kathleen CantrellMonday, August 12, 2019 at 1:00p ESTDescription: The repeats we will learn about this month are unique to braille music and allow...

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Sponsors

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