Many transcribers working within prison braille groups don't have access to the internet. Prior to the Prison Braille Program, this limitation would have prevented them from accessing many of NBA's resources. By utilizing an alternative method of service delivery, the Prison Braille Program provides a way for prison braille groups to access all NBA has to offer.
To qualify for enrollment, a group must be operating from within a correctional institutional. The group must also be able to identify a single point of contact. This contact, referred to as the Group Administrator, serves as the liaison between NBA and the rest of the group.
The Group Administrator is provided with access to the same online benefits as an NBA Member. This allows the Administrator to act as a conduit for the transcribers who are unable to access those benefits themselves. The Administrator also has the authority to receive, reproduce, and distribute the group benefits that are delivered by mail on a monthly basis.
Groups who enroll in NBA's Prison Braille Program must adhere to the rules and guidelines outlined below. The Group Administrator is responsible for monitoring compliance. NBA reserves the right to relinquish a group's enrollment if these rules and guidelines are violated in any way.
Ask An Expert
Enrolled groups are able to utilize NBA's technical forum called Ask An Expert. This is made possible by allowing the Group Administrator to post questions on behalf of the group they represent. An Administrator can also share all of the content found on Ask An Expert. This can be done in one of two ways. An Administrator can reproduce up to three hard copy printouts of the content or save it in an electronic repository. If the latter, the program must have the ability to limit the number of individuals who can access the repository to no more than three at a time. The Group Administrator must add the phrase, “Copyright National Braille Association,” in the footer of each page of content before it is shared. Regardless of the medium that is selected for sharing, no modifications to NBA's content can be made.
A subscription to NBA's professional journal, the Bulletin, is included in the cost of enrollment. After the release of each new issue, the Group Administrator will receive a flash drive that includes the print and braille editions of the publication. The Bulletin can then be shared with the group in one of two ways. An Administrator can reproduce up to three hard copy printouts of it or save the files from the flash drive in an electronic repository. If the latter, the program must have the ability to limit the number of individuals who can access the repository to no more than three at a time.
A group enrolled in the Prison Braille Program is entitled to register one individual per NBA conference at the member rate. Any additional registrant from that program will be required to pay the non-member fee or utilize the benefits of their own individual membership (if they have one).
The conference workshop materials provided to the group's representative (i.e. the single individual who received the membership rate on registration) can be shared with the rest of the group. This can be done by making three hard copies of the material or by sharing it digitally in an electronic repository. If shared electronically, the group must have the ability to limit the number of individuals who can view the content to no more than three at a time. No modifications to hardcopy or electronic materials are allowed.
Groups who enroll in the program are provided with access to the recordings of all NBA's BrailleByte webinars. When a group first enrolls, they will be sent a flash drive that includes all of the recorded BrailleBytes to date. After that, they will receive flash drives on a monthly basis that include all of the webinars that have been recorded since the time the last drive was sent. Any program wishing to purchase paid training videos who doesn't have the ability to download them, may request that they be sent in this same manner.
An enrolled group may purchase an unlimited number of NBA publications at the member rate. The Group Administrator must be logged into their online account before making a purchase for this benefit to be applied. If a group purchases an electronic file, that file may be printed or saved in an electronic repository. If printed, up to three copies can be made. If saved in an electronic repository, the group must have the ability to limit the number of individuals who can view the content to no more than three at a time. No modifications to hardcopy or electronic materials are allowed.
(Please note there is no membership discount on study guides or the Braille Enthusiast's Dictionary.)
The annual cost to enroll in NBA's Prison Braille Program is $750.00. Benefits begin on the day a payment or purchase order is received. A group will be sent a renewal invoice approximately one month prior to the expiration of their enrollment period.
To enroll a group or to request additional information, please contact our office by filling out the form below.