Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NFB Braille Transcription Lessons Service

 I told you all of the transcription service lessons provided by the NFB for learning UEB braille. I have been taking them and near the end when I had to be hospitalized. However, I got back to them and received an email from my teacher- which may be a job opportunity for someone who is interested and certified in UEB transcription. It may be that only new contracts with former employees will be made, but who knows; it's worth the try.

" I have received your exercise but wasn't able to evaluate it before the end of my contract with NFB. Below is an explanation of the current situation of the Braille Transcribing Program provided by Jennifer Dunnam the Manager of Braille Programs.

The Braille Certification Training Program is operated under a contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

Due to a gap between the expiration of the current contract (July 15, 2017) and the establishment of a new one, operation of this program is
temporarily on hold until a new contract is in place. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you. The NFB is actively bidding on the new contract.
You will be notified as soon as more information is available. If you have questions, please contact Tamara Rorie, Braille Development Officer at NLS, at
tror@loc.gov mailto:tror@loc.gov; or (202) 707-3001."

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Parker-Daniels Show

I'm excited about the Parker-Daniels Show. Anthony Parker and Kim Daniels started their own YouTube show as a platform for telling the world about things that concern the visual impaired and other disabled people. Check them out. You will want to subscribe! 

Maintaining Employment as a Visually Impaired Person

New blog content from National Braille Association

From: "National Braille Association"
New blog content from National Braille Association
National Braille Association

January 2018 Webinars

By Chris Clemens on Dec 27, 2017 04:18 pm

Looking to start off the New Year learning a few new tricks? Our three webinars this January are sure to get you engaged and on track for 2018!

Though only current NBA members have full access to the archive of recorded webinars, we invite anyone to join us at no cost as they happen live. To attend one of the webinars, use the link within the descriptions below.

Formats Friday – Tables
Presenter: Cindi Laurent
Friday, January 5, 2017 at 1:00p ET
Description: This webinar will review the guidelines in Section 11.  We will look at different methods and formats for handling several types of table materials….what to do, what not to do and the decision-making process that goes into transcribing columns and rows.
Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (786) 535-3219 
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9353 
Access Code: 501-879-797

Music Mondays – Accidentals and Key Signatures
Presenter: Kathleen Cantrell
Monday, January 8, 2017 at 1:oop ET
Description: Within this webinar, we'll discuss how music braille transcribers work with accidentals like a sharp or a flat symbol in sheet music. We'll also cover key signatures and learn how to transcribe the bass and clef signs.
Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116 
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9376
Access Code: 336-849-885

Braille Bytes – CorelDRAW 2017 Macro Installation
Presenter: Betty Marshall
Wednesday, January 31, 2017 at 3:00p ET
Description: Assistance for those individuals who are having difficulty installing the macros used to create tactile graphics with CorelDRAW 2017.
This webinar will lead you through the necessary steps, including:
  • where to find the macro software;
  • how to download the software;
  • how to manually install the macros for use with CorelDRAW 2017.
Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3117 
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9379
Access Code: 332-559-197
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Student Advocacy Blog Post

From: "Eric Guillory"

Please see the link below to a blog post written by Michael Ausbun, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Association of Blind Students as well as First VP of the National Association of Blind Students. Michael's words underscore the importance of students advocating for themselves and others.

As parents and teachers, we are charged with advocating for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. However, as our children and students become adolescents and young adults, it is increasingly important that they find their voice and engage the broader world. Michael is one of many dynamic young leaders who have done just that. What he has to say speaks to the life-changing work being done at all levels in the National Federation of the Blind.

Monday, November 23, 2015

National Federation of the Blind Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy


Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind
Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy

Baltimore, Maryland (November 16, 2015):  Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season. 

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: ?Santa approached the National Federation of the Blind several years ago and asked us to be his helpers. Knowing how much he means to children everywhere, including my own, I am pleased that we will once again be assisting St. Nicholas this year. Braille literacy is the key to success and opportunity for the blind, but unfortunately too few blind children are learning it today. This program is a fun way for blind children to practice their Braille skills while receiving a holiday greeting from Santa himself.?

Between November 16 and December 18, parents of very young children, under the age of ten, can visit www.nfb.org and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form. The form can also be printed and faxed to (410) 685-2340. Beginning November 30, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to blind boys and girls across the country. The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to read), as well as some other fun Christmastime activities. Requests for letters must include the writer?s name, the child?s name, birthday, gender, mailing address, a telephone number, and e-mail address in case Santa?s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.

The deadline for letter requests is December 18, to ensure that a return letter in Braille is received before Christmas. 


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Smartphone App Give Sight to the blind