October 2021 Webinars

Mark your calendars and join us during the month of October for these short, free webinars!

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 on purpose, 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.

Braille Formats Textbook


Presenter: Nick Sharp, Member, Braille Formats Textbook Committee
Date: Friday, October 1st at 1:00p ET

Description: Section 13 Transcribing poetry for a braille reader can be challenging. This webinar will focus on explaining the rules for transcribing poetry within narrative texts, poetry in verse and stanza form, rules regarding separation of stanzas, and reference marks and notes within poetry.


Music Braille


Presenter: Patrick Janson, Vice Chair, Music Braille Committee
Date: Monday, October 18th at 1:00p ET

Description: This month we’ll discuss the approaches to Percussion music, be it pitched or unpitched instruments, and their unique ornaments, note shapes, pictographs, hand signs and more.


Unified English Braille Literary

Contraction Preference

Presenter: Dan Gergen, Chair, Unified English Braille Literary Committee
Date: Wednesday, October 20th at 1:00p ET

Description: This is a continued discussion of UEB §10.10 Preference with additional focus on other rules that affect all contraction use as we’ll explore in UEB §10.11 & 10.12. We’ll look at problem words and conflicting contraction preferences to discover why and what other rules affect their use that may lead to a better understanding of how to apply these rules to other problem words you may encounter.


Transcriber And Educator Services

Engaging Students

Presenters: Jared Leslie, Member, Transcriber and Educator Services Committee, and Kelly Pritts, Member, Transcriber and Educator Services Committee
Date: Tuesday, October 26th at 2:00p ET

Description: This webinar will explore ways of increasing a student’s access to braille in the classroom. We will cover issues faced by teachers that impact braille literacy, and how to overcome them through collaboration.


Foreign Language Transcription

Alphabetic References in Foreign Language Materials

Presenter: Patrick Janson, Chair, Foreign Language Transcription Committee
Date: Wednesday, October 27th at 1:00p ET

Description: Glossaries and indices bring unique challenges to materials in foreign languages. We will look at bilingual reference materials, guide words and indention patterns in this webinar.


Nemeth Code For Math And Science

Arrows, Part 2

Presenter: Kyle DeJute, Member, Nemeth Code For Math And Science Committee
Date: Thursday, October 28th at 1:00p ET

Description: We will continue the material we started in the “Arrows” webinar presented in April 2021. This continuation includes examples of arrows in geometry, arrows related to vectors, slanted arrows, and more.