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Call to Vendors and Businesses

By Chris Clemens | April 13, 2017
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Now that registration for the 2017 Professional Development Conference in Orlando is underway, it is time for us to extend the invitation to those wishing to reach our audience as a business. At each conference, vendors who have a product or service that would be of interest to braille transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired have a few opportunities to showcase themselves. Registration for vendors is now available for those wishing to have a table in our Exhibit Hall, sponsor a portion of the conference, or advertise in our conference program. If you are a business representative wanting to…

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Announcing: Upcoming Webinars

By Chris Clemens | March 24, 2017
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We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about the webinars we’ve done so far, and that’s inspired us to develop additional programs at a quicker pace than initially expected. We are pleased to announce, that beginning in April, we will be offering two webinars a month. One webinar will always focus on Braille Formats (coined Formats Friday), and the other will be a rotating topic.  The Formats Friday webinars will take place on the first Friday of every month at 12:00 p.m Central Time.  The time of the other webinars will vary by month. As always, these free, 15-minute webinars are open to anyone who…

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Webinars Archive

By Chris Clemens | March 20, 2017
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As you may have already noticed, we’ve begun to explore new ways to deliver educational content to braille transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired. Even though we’d love to have all of you at our fall conference, we realize the costs of travel often prevent transcribers who need training to be able to make it for three days of workshop sessions. In response, we’ve been hosting free, short webinars that are open to anyone with an internet connection. If you’ve missed out on the announcements, be sure you’re subscribed to receive updates from our blog so you know when…

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Join Us in Orlando, Florida!

By Chris Clemens | March 6, 2017
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We are very excited to officially invite you to our 2017 Professional Development Conference! Typically, we have registration for our conferences open about four-to-five months in advance. We know many of you working in school districts have to submit budgets for the fall during your spring semester. So, this year, we worked extra hard to be able to allow registration to begin earlier than ever! As you may already know, this year’s conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, and our host hotel will be the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South. Our room block includes nightly accommodations for $149.00. Reservations for…

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February Webinar: Braille Order

By Chris Clemens | February 17, 2017
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If you haven’t had an opportunity to jump in on one of our free monthly webinars, this month’s topic should be a great time to start! For February, we’ll be featuring a new topic, new day of the week, and a new presenter. And, we’re excited about it! Join us at no cost on Tuesday, February 28th as the Chair of our Unified English Braille Committee, Julie Sumwalt, leads us through a brief training. Braille order is a way to arrange the 63 possible dot configurations into a table that shows their relationship to one another. The discussion will be about this relationship…

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Bulletin: Vol. 52, No. 4 – Winter 2016-17

By Chris Clemens | February 15, 2017
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The Winter 2016-17 NBA Bulletin (Vol. 52, No. 4) is now officially available for current NBA Members to download right from the Member’s Section of our website. Once you’re logged in, navigate to the Member’s Section using the link at the very top of your screen. Both PDF and BRF files are available to download right now! For those of you who receive them, the braille, print and disc editions of the Bulletin are all in the mail and should arrive at your doorsteps within coming weeks. Remember: even if you receive any hardcopy form of the Bulletin, as a current member,…

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Nominations for the NBA Board of Directors

By David Shaffer | February 10, 2017
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For over 70 years, the National Braille Association has been guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is now time to nominate individuals to fill the upcoming board vacancies that will be available in the Fall of 2017. Those selected to serve in the officer and director positions listed below will be installed at NBA’s Professional Development Conference in October, in Orlando, Florida. We encourage all members of NBA to become involved in this nominating process by submitting the names of individuals for director positions and by selecting current directors to serve in officer positions. NBA is seeking nominations for the…

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Webinar Announcement: Print Page Numbers

By Chris Clemens | January 16, 2017
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Ever find yourself wondering how to handle unique page numbering situations? Led by the chair of NBA’s Braille Formats/Textbook Committee, our first webinar of 2017 is designed to help you determine how best to transcribe page numbers. Just like our recent programs, January’s webinar is free to anyone who is interested! TITLE: Print Page Numbers DESCRIPTION: This webinar will look at print page numbers. We will discuss combined pages (when to combine and when not to), alphabetic page numbers, pages without print page numbers and page numbers with alpha-numeric numbers. PRESENTER: Cindi Laurent, Chair, Braille Formats/Textbook Committee DATE: Friday, January 27, 2017 TIME:…

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UPDATED: Upcoming Webinar – Time Saving Features of Braille2000

By Chris Clemens | November 23, 2016
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Please note: This post was first published yesterday but has been updated. This webinar will last approximately fifteen minutes. We are excited to continue our webinar offerings with the next training focused on the newest version of Braille2000 to take place on Friday, December 2, 2016. This fifteen-minute webinar is free to anyone who is interested in learning more about some of the new features in Version 2 and how to apply them to your work. Description: In this webinar, we will look at some time saving features of Braille 2000 version 2.  You will learn a quick way to do contents…

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Important Braille Formats Certification Deadline

By Chris Clemens | November 3, 2016
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The Braille Formats code, Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2011, has been used to transcribe educational textbooks for nearly six years. NBA is proud to be the only source in the United States for a transcriber to receive a certification in textbook formatting, and we’ve certified quite a few of you in recent years. Much like every braille transcription code there is a fresh, new update coming to Formats. In preparation for the new code, we will be temporarily suspending our offering of both study materials and the exam. Our staff and committees need time to review and learn…

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