Braille is a tactile system that enables the blind to read and write. Learn and practice the Unified English Braille Code (UEB), an international braille code, that governs the transcription of literary material, math, science and technology. This course is suitable for individuals who are new to braille or who have previously taken a Literary Braille course and would like extra review and practice while learning UEB. Access the course from your home computer. Classes are delivered online through the CBE's Brightspace by D2L and "Virtual Classrooms". The Virtual Classroom uses the Chrome or Firefox browser. Software used for the lesson exercises are Perky Duck, a free software program from Duxbury, and Microsoft Word. Headphones with a microphone and access to a printer are also required. The CNIB's manual, "From Print to Braille with UEB", and "The Rules of English Braille" are provided. PLEASE NOTE: This course is labour intensive. Each lesson requires 10-15 hours of homework to be successful.
This 300-hour certificate is recognized by the Calgary Board of Education as a requirement for the position of Education-Assistant Braille.
After successfully completing this course and achieving CNIB's minimum requirements, individuals may apply to the CNIB to complete the UEB Certification Test. Upon successful completion, the CNIB will award you the designation of Certified Braille Transcriber.
Calgary Board of Education Employee Funding
Funding may be available to CBE employees through the Staff Association Staff Development Fund or the ATA Staff Development Fund. Further information regarding how to apply for professional development funding can be accessed on the CBE Staff Association (external website) or the Alberta Teacher Association (external website).