February 2023 Webinars

Join us in February for four free webinars to improve your braille transcription knowledge!

Remember that these webinars are entirely free to anyone and don’t require registration. As long as you’ve got an internet connection, you can click the join link below each description a few minutes before start time, and you’re in! These are intended to run short, so the content portion is typically around 15 minutes long, and then there’s a few minutes for any questions. We want you to be able to learn some new tricks without having to take a lot of time out of your busy day!

We hope you’ll be able to join us live, but if you can’t, remember that we record all our webinars. Those recordings are housed in the archive, and are available to current NBA members. If you want to watch later, just sign in with your member account, navigate to the skills area you’re looking for, and hit play! If you’re not a member and want access to training videos, checkout this page for more info about membership.

Music Braille

Unconventional Notation

Presenter: Kathleen Cantrell, Chair, Music Braille Committee
Date: Monday, February 13th at 1:00p ET

Description: Modern music often utilizes unconventional notation which can cause some serious head-scratching for the braille transcriber. This webinar will take a look at a short piece for piano and suss out some braille devices that will help us provide a faithful transcription of the music.


Transcriber And Educator Services

Qualifying for Quota Funding

Presenters: Kelly Pritts, Chair, Transcribers and Educator Services Committee and Fae Montoya, Member, Transcribers and Educator Services Committee
Date: Tuesday, February 14th at 1:00p ET

Description: An overview of federal quota funding for blind and visually impaired students, including who qualifies, how much funding is provided, and how quota impacts braille transcription


Nemeth Code For Math And Science

What To Do With Author Comments

Presenter: Cindi Laurent, Chair, Nemeth Code For Math And Science Committee
Date: Wednesday, February 15th at 2:00p ET

Description: When print shows words next to equations or spatial problems, they create a conundrum for formatting. This webinar will address the preferred method for inserting author’s comments and look at some situations that may – or may not – work well with that method.


Braille Formats/Textbook

Demystifying Spreadsheets

Presenter: Cindi Laurent, Member, Braille Formats/Textbook Committee
Date: Tuesday, February 21st at 11:00a ET

Description: This webinar will review some suggestions on best practices for handling spreadsheets. What is included, what is ignored and more!