February 2020 Webinars

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 happening, you can always watch the recording in the member section of our website. Login with your account and navigate to the Webinars Archive to stream the videos of our previous free webinars.

For the month of February you can join us to learn more about Music Braille, Formats, Nemeth, Tactile Graphics, and UEB!

Get To Know Your Member Benefits

Presenter: Chris Clemens
Tuesday, February 4 at 11:00a EST

Description: As a member of the National Braille Association you have access to things like Ask An Expert and automated discounts on publications. We’ll spend some time making sure you know how to use functions on our website so you’ll be getting the full potential of your membership.

If you already know that you have questions about using our website, feel free to email them in advance to cclemens@nationalbraille.org so we can be sure to cover your inquiry.

*This is certainly open to non-members, too. We’ll be touching on how to access certain functions of membership, so if you’re not a member and want to see what being a member includes, feel free to join us!


Formats Friday: Basic Formats Found in Section 1

Presenter: Cindi Laurent
Friday, February 7 at 1:00p EST

Description: There is a lot of information in Section 1 of Braille Formats that you may not even realize is in there. This webinar will highlight some of the basic formatting rules that cover a variety of types of print materials.


Music Mondays: Guideline Procedures and Signs, Part 2

Presenter: Kathleen Cantrell
Monday, February 10 at 1:00p EST

Description: We’ll be continuing a look at the first section of the code from last month.


Tactile Graphics Tuesdays: When To Produce A Tactile Graphic

Presenter: Don Winiecki
Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00p EST

Description: Unit 1 of the Guidelines & Standards for Tactile Graphics (GSTG) is “Criteria for Including a Tactile Graphic“. The main feature of Unit 1 is a flowchart/decision-tree. Flowcharts are very helpful, but successful use of a flowchart often depends on a bit of nuanced knowledge.

For example, the first decision point is, “Is the information a repeat of facts in the text?”

But what does this really mean? — “…repeat of facts…” does not help us to identify which facts (or other details) are essential for the reader to acquire. This means that the transcriber/tactilist might have to do some homework to actually answer this question.

Some illustrations of “yes” and “no” examples at this and other decision points in the flowchart, and added detail that justifies such decisions will be provided in this webinar, so you can focus your TG work on things the learner really needs!


UEBe Informed: Section 7.6 Simplified

Presenter: Dan Gergen
Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00p

Description: We’ll review the new section 7.6 rules that were updated on October 8, 2019. The newest update removes the concepts of “nonspecific” and “predominant” quotes and emphasizes the importance of the apostrophe in braille. They’ve also expanded the section about avoiding ambiguity and added a section for software developers. During this webinar, we’ll take a look at the whole section and what you’ll need to know with the newest changes.


Braille Bytes: Formatting Examples from the Guidance

Presenter: Kyle DeJute
Thursday, February 27 at 1:00p EST

Description: We will walk through every cell of the three braille examples in the Formatting section of the BANA document Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts (Approved April 2018).