With so many of us at home and seeking ways to not only stay connected to the outside world, but also stay sharp with our skills, we’re upping the ante a bit this month and offering seven webinars!!!

All of the webinars this month are entirely free and open to the public anywhere in the world. No registration is necessary. Just simply click the “join” link below the description a few minutes before start time and you’ll be in!

Unless otherwise noted, these all run about 15 minutes each, but with time for questions at the end they can sometimes go slightly longer. There’s no need for commitment from you. Hop on the training and hop off whenever you need to!

Remember, we record all of these and make them available to current NBA members. If you’re not able to join the live webinar, log on with your member account and checkout the archive of recordings that now includes over 100 training videos from previous webinars. If you’re not a member and wondering how you can get access to the archive and other member benefits, checkout this page on our site.


Emphasis: To Keep Or Not To Keep – That Is The Question

Presenter: Cindi Laurent
Date: Friday, May 8 at 1:00p ET

Description: Real life examples from print will be used to discuss what types of emphasis can be ignored and when the emphasis needs to be retained.

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Living in a Virtual World

Presenter: Robbin Clark
Date: Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00p ET

Description: How teachers of the visually impaired maximize virtual engagement with visually impaired students. We will cover the accessibility and best practices that teachers are deploying in the classroom in this new normal.

Runtime: 30 minutes

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Bowed String Instruments

Presenter: Kathleen Cantrell
Date: Monday, May 18 at 1:00p ET

Description: This month we will look at music specifically for bowed string instruments and the particular braille devices used for these instruments.

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Creating a Tactile-Ready Microsoft Word Document

Presenter: Alexa Garza
Date: Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00p ET

Description: Computer software is commonly used in conjunction with braille translation software to create embossable (printable) tactile graphics. In light of this, graphic artists should consistently provide electronic files which contain accurate braille text and will correctly emboss within the parameters of a standard 11.5″ × 11″ braille page size.

In this webinar, we will create a file using Microsoft Word 2003 which is designed with simulated braille dots arranged in 40 horizontal cells and 25 vertical lines. This file will enable the user to copy and paste formatted braille text from any braille translation software into the document and draw directly onto the Word file if necessary.

Discussion in this webinar will include the process of adjusting page margins, size, and orientation, within Word. Furthermore, we will discuss the role font and paragraph settings play to ensure a proper binding margin.

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Typeforms

Presenter: Dan Gergen
Date: Wednesday, May 20 at 2:30p ET

Description: We’ll be examining the Rules of Unified English Braille that pertain to the use of typeform indicators that represent distinctive print attributes that are considered necessary and help you decide when they’re not.

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UEB GTM: Format

Presenter: Kyle DeJute
Date: Thursday, May 21 at 1:00p ET

Description: We will cover section 1.4.1 of the UEB Guidelines for Technical Material (GTM), which deals with format. We will also cover formatting points from the BANA Provisional Guidance on Transcribing Mathematics in UEB. This is the third webinar in a series examining the GTM one small piece at a time.

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Online, Just Fine!

Presenter: Jana Hertz
Date: Wednesday, May 27th at 2:00p ET

Description: Let’s take a look at remote learning. This webinar will provide resources for online learning platforms, and accessibility.

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