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New Training Video: UEB Provisional Guidance Walkthrough

By Chris Clemens | February 26, 2020
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In November 2019 BANA published the Provisional Guidance for Transcribing Mathematics in UEB document on their website. As it was brand new and sure to leave many with questions, we conducted a webinar the following month that walked attendees through the entire document. As the chair of our Unified English Braille Technical Material committee, Kyle DeJute presented for over an hour on important direction the document offers, including guidance on formatting exercises and using grade 1 indicators. That webinar has been made available as a training video available for purchase. Click below to watch a preview. Purchase To purchase the...

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BULLETIN: Vol. 55, No. 4 – Winter 2019-20

By Chris Clemens | February 4, 2020
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The Winter 2019-20 BULLETIN: Vol. 55, No. 4 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 the Bulletin page. 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 within coming weeks. Remember: even if you receive any hardcopy form of the Bulletin, as a current member, you still have access to...

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February 2020 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | January 30, 2020
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We’re ready to launch month two in the year 2020 and have lined up five webinars to help you learn more in February. In addition, we’re adding one to help get you familiar with how certain functions on our website work. Each of the webinars this month are free for anyone to attend and will last about fifteen minutes. No registration is required, you can just simply hit the link below the description of each webinar a few minutes before the scheduled start time. Remember that if you’re a current NBA member and can’t attend the live webinar as it’s...

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January 2020 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | January 6, 2020
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In starting off the New Year, we’re adding a couple additional opportunities for you to jump in with some online learning this month. Each of the below webinars is entirely free and open to anyone with an internet connection. To join us live for any of the webinars listed here, just click the link below the description. Our free webinars usually last about 15 minutes and are intended to be a quick look at specific aspects of braille transcription work. All levels of expertise are encouraged to join, as we think there’s always a little something more to learn! Remember,...

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Introducing the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

By Chris Clemens | December 17, 2019
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In 2009, a long time Board Member and friend of NBA passed away suddenly. There were many individuals who wished they had been able to thank and honor this individual for everything she had done before she passed. It was through this desire that the concept of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award was born. Each year, the NBA Board of Directors seeks to find a braille transcriber that is worthy of receiving an award honoring their work. For the 2019 award, we are proud to announce that the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Robert Stepp. Bob Stepp (left)...

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December 2019 Webinars

By Chris Clemens | November 25, 2019
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To wrap up a year of online learning we’re going to celebrate the month of December with five different webinars! We’ll have our usual Formats Friday covering part of the Braille Formats code, and our usual Music Mondays that will cover part of the Music Braille Code. Then we’re adding a Foreign Language webinar, a Tactile Graphics webinar, and a special UEB for Technical Materials webinar. The first four mentioned above will follow the usual format of our free, shorter-length webinars. They last about fifteen minutes and anyone is welcome to attend without registering in advance. For these, you can...

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