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Teaching Braille to Adults

6 credits


Full course description

Adults of all ages who are blind or have low vision may benefit from learning braille. This course provides strategies and suggestions for instructors of adult learners on how to approach braille learning, use assessment and instructional strategies for reading and writing braille, and keep adults motivated during the learning process. Additionally, course participants will learn how to customize instruction for individuals who are deaf-blind, speak English as a second language, and have other comorbidities. Note that this course is for professionals who already know the braille code and provide braille instruction to adults.

This course is available for 6 ACVREP and NBPCB credits.

Course Objectives:

1.  Identify strategies, resources, and tools for instruction in reading and writing braille.

2.  Recognize approaches for providing individualized learning opportunities that are meaningful and relevant to the adult braille learner.

3.  Increase confidence in conducting assessments and planning instruction for adults with all levels of ability.

Course Instructors: The course material was originally produced by Hadley and updated by Dr. Natalina Martiniello, Kendra Farrow, Polly Abbott, and Jennifer Ottowitz, all certified vision rehabilitation therapists.

The following are recommended screen reader and browser combinations:

  • Mac: Voiceover with the latest version of Safari,
  • PC: JAWS or NVDA with Firefox

Note that currently, course quizzes are not functioning properly for Microsoft screen reader users with Chrome or Edge.

The course shows a start date, but this is simply the date the course was made available to the public. They are self-paced. So, there is not an end date. You can enroll at any time.

This course was developed by the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University. We are the only national center funded to conduct research related to employment for people with blindness or low vision, and training and technical assistance for the federal Older Individuals who are Blind program. As a national center of excellence, we offer resources on a variety of topics for service providers, businesses, and persons with vision loss on our websites:

NRTC logo and Mississippi State logo NTAC Website

 OIB-TAC Website

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