March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2021

VAVF offers this free training opportunity to braille transcribers, teachers of students who are blind or have low vision, and others who produce tactile, auditory and digital instructional materials.

For more information, visit the VAVF website.

2021 VAVF Conference

October 28, November 4, 11 & 18, 2020

Ancient City Brailler Repair reviews how to keep your brailler running smoothly by cleaning all the major areas of the brailler. 

Video 1: Introductions, netiquette during workshop, tools necessary, plate removal, discussion about the inside of the brailler, plate installing, Q&A.

Video 2: Welcome back, cleaning instructions to include problem areas and tools needed, lubrication (oil and grease locations), Q&A.

Video 3: Welcome back, demonstrations of different repairs with optional participation and Q&A.

Video 4: Troubleshoot your problems: let us know your experiences and possible trainings for the future, Q&A.

Keep Your Perkins Brailler Clean Series

Aug 6, 2020

Teacher-made, workbook, and handout materials require less astringent adherence to the rules than textbook materials do. Producing these materials in a timely way can also be difficult. This webinar will discuss:

1. Consumable materials (worksheets to be filled in)

2. Producing supplements and reference lists

3. Considering audio-tactile materials (Livescribe pen, PenFriend, APH SoundPage)

4. Immediate graphics: Sensational Blackboard, APH Draftsman and Tactile Doodle, EASYinTACT Sketchpad

5. Creating templates

6. TactPlus printer

Producing Daily Classroom Materials

Aug 5, 2020

What are the formatting requirements for a Math or Science transcription in UEB? Let’s look at examples and a cheat sheet that will help us learn and remember what formatting rules we have from the UEB Guidelines for Technical Material, BANA’s Provisional Guidance for Transcribing Mathematics in UEB (posted November 2019), and Braille Formats 2016.

UEB Math + Formats = Success

July 29, 2020

This will be a webinar to go over math in BrailleBlaster, a free braille transcription program. We’ll have a short refresher at the beginning to go over general BrailleBlaster use and then dive right into math. Please bring your questions and be prepared to follow along on your own computer with the latest copy of BrailleBlaster installed. BrailleBlaster can be downloaded at You want to get version 1.25 stable- not Version 2. Version 2 is not ready for prime time just yet!

Using BrailleBlaster for Math

July 28, 2020

This webinar will offer a basic understanding of:

1. Decisions:

a. Which print images should be produced as a tactile graphic? Why?

b. What other techniques can be used to convey the content?

2. Planning and Editing:

a. Determine which details in the image are important and should be included in the tactile graphic;

b.  Determine what production method will be most efficient and effective for this graphic;

c. Using an organized process for determining which areas, lines, point symbols and labels will be used;

d. Shortcuts, tips and tricks for providing the most information in the clearest way for the reader

3. Overview of BANA Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics and how to use it


1. Examples of print images for participants to work on during the webinar discussions will be distributed prior to the webinar.

2. Planning sheets for participants to complete during the webinar instruction will be distributed prior to the webinar.

Resources to be shared:

1. BANA Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics 2010- main manual and tactile graphics supplement if available.

2. A resource list of image libraries that offer ready-made tactile graphics bases to tailor to your students’ needs will be provided.

Designing and Planning a Tactile Graphic

July 27, 2020

This session will cover the basics of using BrailleBlaster, a free braille transcription program. We will learn what file types are supported, how to get the most out of a file made outside BrailleBlaster, how to edit files inside BrailleBlaster, how to make print page numbers, and the basics of how to make math using both ASCII Math and the Spatial Math Editor. Please come prepared to follow along on your own computer with BrailleBlaster already installed and with the attached file ready to be used.

BrailleBlaster can be downloaded at You want to get version 1.25 stable- not Version 2. Version 2 is not ready for prime time just yet!

Intro to BrailleBlaster

February 12, 2016

This three-part webinar series from 2016 will cover FIMC-VI’s current knowledge about UEB’s impact on Nemeth Code in technical materials and how these changes affect students who read braille. 

Please note, this three-part webinar series was recorded prior to the April 2018 revisions to the Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts.  Visit the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) website for the current version of this document.

Just the Facts! Math with UEB and Nemeth

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