PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Professional Development Conferences are held in the  fall of each year in various cities in the United States. These conferences are the sites for workshops which enable participants to improve their skills and learn more about braille code revisions, new techniques, software, hardware, and production equipment. Social functions offer the additional stimulation of informal visits with NBA members, members of other organizations, and agencies.

After canceling our 2020 Professional Development Conference originally planned for San Antonio, we began working to see how we could still deliver the same educational content to transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired. After months of careful planning, we've created a virtual experience to deliver the same great education.

This year, we'll be conducting the 2020 Professional Development Conference virtually!

Here's the info you need now:

  • There will be multiple online workshops each day of the week starting Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th. Each day will begin around 11:00a ET to accommodate our friends on the west coast.
  • You will need to register, but registration will be open to everyone at no cost.
  • Since we're making the entire conference available to attendees at no cost, we've developed ways for brands to provide financial support.

Stay tuned to this page as we unveil plans for the 2020 Professional Development Conference to take place virtually this November!

2020 Professional Development Conference

Sponsors

National Braille Association would like to thank these proud sponsors for their generous support with the virtual 2020 Professional Development Conference.

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS

REGISTRATION

Please note that registration is not yet available for the conference.

There will be no cost to attend the conference, but attendees will need to register. To do so, you'll enter your full name and email address in the registration fields. You will need to register individually for each and every workshop individually that you want to attend.

We'll announce when registration is available. At that time, you'll find registration links next to each workshop listed below.

SCHEDULE

Monday, November 16, 2020

Unified English Braille Literary
11:00a - 12:30p ET
Roots, Prefixes, and Modes

 

Transcriber and Educator Services
1:00p - 2:30p ET

Communication and Collaboration Between Teachers (TVIs), Transcribers, and Paraprofessionals

 

Computer Assisted Transcription
3:00p - 4:30p ET
Major Changes in BrailleBlaster Version 2.0

 

Foreign Language Braille
4:45p - 6:00p ET

Overview of Foreign Language Transcriptions

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science
11:00a - 1:00p ET
Nemeth and Formats and How They Work Together

 

Prison Braille Services
1:30p - 3:00p ET
I'm Certified, Now What? A Transcriber's Resource Guide to Success

 

Unified English Braille Literary
3:30p - 5:00p ET
Typeforms

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Music Braille
11:00a - 11:45a ET
Introduction to Music Braille, Part One

 

Unified English Braille Technical
12:15p - 1:15p ET
Spatial Problems, Rules and Advice for UEB Technical Material

 

Computer Assisted Transcription
3:30p - 4:15p ET
The Wonderful World of NIMAS

 

Braille Formats
4:30p - 6:00p ET
The Not-So-Basics of Formatting

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Prison Braille Services
11:00a - 12:30p ET
Transitioning to Independent Success

 

Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science
1:30p - 3:00p ET

Best of 'Ask An Expert'

 

Music Braille
3:30p - 4:15p ET
Introduction to Music Braille, Part Two

 

Foreign Language Braille
4:30p - 5:30p ET
Foreign Language Formatting

Friday, November 20, 2020

Transcriber and Educator Services
11:00a - 12:30p ET
Basics 101 for Paraprofessionals

 

Unified English Braille Technical
1:30p - 3:00p ET

Algebra and Geometry Basics

 

Braille Formats
3:30p - 4:30p ET

Complications Continued

MARY ARCHER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Mary Archer Scholarship Fund is used to provide scholarships equal to the amount of the cost of registration to those attending an NBA conference for the first time. Only current NBA members qualify to receive the grant.

There will be a maximum of two scholarships offered for any one conference and scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. We ask that those of you who already have the benefit of your employer or other resource paying for your conference registration forego applying. This will leave the scholarship funds available for those who pay registration with personal funds.

To help fund this process, please send checks to the National Braille Association and mark them for the Mary Archer Scholarship Fund.

To apply for this scholarship, please find an application in your most current Bulletin and submit to our office.

Sponsors

The National Braille Association would like to thank these generous donors for helping to sponsor our  2019 Professional Development Conference  in Phoenix, Arizona