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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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BULLETIN: Vol. 55, No. 2 – Summer 2019

By Chris Clemens | July 29, 2019
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The Summer 2019 BULLETIN: Vol. 55, No. 2 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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How To Braille A QR Code

By Chris Clemens | July 17, 2019
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For over a decade, we’ve answered a ton of inquiries from NBA members about how to properly braille things when the code just doesn’t address it. With the advent of technology, many of those questions in recent years have referenced common internet functions. One of the questions popping up recently has been regarding QR codes. You’ve likely seen a QR code, but if you’re not already familiar, let’s talk a bit about what they are before we learn how to braille them. What Is A QR Code? QR codes (Quick Response Code) are those funny pixelized looking bar codes you...

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2020 Board of Directors Nominations

By Chris Clemens | July 8, 2019
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The NBA Nominating Committee will be preparing a slate of officers and directors to stand for election at the Fall 2020 NBA Professional Development Conference. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in the opportunity to serve NBA, please complete the form below. You may submit nominations in the form of a letter if you prefer. Be sure to include any background information and pertinent experience pertaining to the nominee. To submit by letter, you can mail to: National Braille Associationc/o Nominations Committee95 Allens Creek RoadBuilding 1, Suite 202Rochester, New York 14618 Nominations submitted prior to October 1,...

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Learn More About Nemeth And UEB With This New Training Video

By Chris Clemens | July 1, 2019
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One of our most popular conference workshops is now available as a video! This past spring, Kyle DeJute, Chair of our Nemeth Code for Math and Science Committee, presented the Nemeth In UEB Contexts training during a live webinar. We’re making a recording of that live 90-minute training available as a video. The Nemeth Within UEB Contexts video is considered an advanced level training opportunity to learn more about: 1) What has to be in Nemeth Code?  2) Where do the code switch indicators go?  3) How does using Nemeth Code affect formatting? Watch the trailer here. After purchasing, you...

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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