September 2021 Webinars

Join us in September for these five 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: Cindy Harris, Member, Braille Formats/Textbook Committee
Date: Friday, September 3rd at 1:00p ET

Description: Section 12 Anyone old enough to have watched Perry Mason knows what a sidebar is. It was when Perry went to the judge’s bench with the opposing (and always losing) counsel. It was done out of the hearing of the jury. But a sidebar is also those pesky bits of information that can found just about anywhere on the page. Our job as transcribers is to identify them, determine their relationship to the adjacent material, place them in the most appropriate location and even box them when necessary.


Music Braille

Instrumental Scores, Part 2

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

Description: This month we will continue from last month looking at how to transcribe music for more than one instrument – for ensembles such as bands, orchestras, and other groups of players.


Unified English Braille Literary

Strong Contractions vs. Strong Groupsigns

Presenter: Dan Gergen, Chair, Unified English Braille Literary Committee
Date: Wednesday, September 15th at 1:00p ET

Description: It’s a matter of preference and we’ll examine some of the conflicts and confusion between strong contractions as opposed to strong groupsigns —which are very different. Our answers will come from UEB Section 10.10 that will help to explain more than preferences but make it easier to understand how and why other rules come into play.


Computer Assisted Transcription

Tables In Duxbury

Presenter: James Williams, Member, Computer Assisted Transcription Committee
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd at 1:00p ET

Description: We will cover the table editor, what it does and does not do well, plus a few tips and tricks to get the desired tabular output.


Unified English Braille Technical

Decimals, Including Repeating Decimals

Presenter: Kyle DeJute, Chair, Unified English Braille Technical Committee
Date: Thursday, September 23rd at 1:00p ET

Description: We will cover section 2.2 of the UEB Guidelines for Technical Material (GTM), which addresses decimals. By extension, we will also cover part of section 12 to address repeating (or “recurring”) decimals. This is the tenth webinar in a series examining the GTM one small piece at a time.