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The CNIB braille courses listed below are available for print and braille readers unless otherwise indicated*.

CNIB clients and family are eligible for 50% reduction in the fee quoted for the course.

Equipment required for the courses:

  • A computer with Windows operating software;
  • Braille software with six-key entry which is available for free download.
  • OR a manual brailler with 40 cells per line and 25  lines per page.

Unified English Braille (UEB)

1.1 Transcription

This intensive course leads to certification in UEB qualifying a person to transcribe English print materials into contracted  braille. It is primarily of interest to would-be transcribers and proofreaders, and teachers of braille reading to children and adults. There is no fee for those who have been accepted as CNIB braille volunteers. There is no braille knowledge prerequisite.

Course Overview:

  • 22-lesson correspondence course;
  • Each lesson includes transcription and reading exercises to be submitted for marking;
  • 10-15 hours required to complete a lesson;
  • Work with an instructor; 
  • instruction manual From Print To Braille With UEB provided.

Course Requirement:

Syllabus:

  • Contracted braille
  • Punctuation and commonly used symbols
  • Typeforms
  • Accents
  • Basic technical concepts
  • Mathematical symbols
  • Fractions
  • Spatial arrangements
  • Superscripts and subscripts
  • Basic format: paragraphs, braille page numbering, major headings, and lists

Certification:

At the end of the course, candidates may apply to test their knowledge of braille transcription in order to obtain certification. The instructor will advise the candidate of the procedure.
This certification is the prerequisite for the UEB Technical, Music and Nemeth courses.

Fee: $500

1.2  Update to UEB

Learn what you need to know to transcribe literary materials in Unified English Braille (UEB) if you already hold CNIB/BLC (formerly Canadian Braille Authority) certification in Braille Transcription or Grade Two Braille. This free course will primarily be of interest to transcribers, proofreaders and teachers of braille reading to children and adults.
Course Overview:

  • a self-directed course; 
  • help available;
  • covers eleven topics with fifteen practice exercises, each of which is less than one braille page in length;
  • answers included;
  • available for access and download in print (41 pages) or braille (55 pages, 40 cells per line, 25 lines per page). Participants are required to have access to The Rules of Unified English Braille (the Rulebook) which is available as a print pdf file or as a braille file from the ICEB website:  www.iceb.org/ueb.html.  

By the end of the course, participants will understand the basic principles of UEB, be familiar with the most commonly used symbols, and know the Rulebook well enough to find and use the symbols needed to transcribe literary material. This course introduces some basic technical concepts.

Upon completion of the course, candidates may apply to obtain a test to update their CNIB/BLC certification by contacting braille.certification@cnib.ca.

Fee:  none; no registration  

1.3 UEB Technical

UEB Technical is intended for those who are competent in Unified English Braille (UEB) for literary material.

UEB Technical is a comprehensive, self-directed course in UEB for technical material. It is not an instruction manual. It provides selected references to Unified English Braille Guidelines for Technical Material (the Guidelines) as the resource for examples and further explanation. Extensive practice in producing technical   material in UEB is an essential element of the course. Additionally, another important purpose of UEB Technical is to ensure familiarity with the Guidelines.

UEB Technical is being provided by CNIB free of charge and may be done entirely without instruction. There is no registration for the course. There are 14 major topics generally following the order of the material presented in the Guidelines. Each transcription Practice is followed on the next page by its answers.

This course is available for access and download in UEB Technical print and UEB Technical braille.

Course Requirements:

This course requires the use of Unified English Braille Guidelines for Technical Material and The Rules of Unified English Braille; latest editions. These publications can be downloaded free of charge in print or braille from www.iceb.org/ueb.html.

Fee: none; no registration

Letter of Proficiency:

CNIB will issue a Letter of Proficiency for UEB Technical to a candidate who:

  • holds Canadian certification in UEB;
  • has a thorough knowledge of the rules and provisions of the Guidelines; and
  • can demonstrate accuracy in transcribing technical material in UEB by successful completion of a test.

Those who have completed all the Practices to their satisfaction and have met the first two requirements above may request the UEB Technical Proficiency Test from CNIB at braille.certification@cnib.ca.

Test fee: $50

Those who hold non-Canadian certification in UEB and meet the other requirements above may request the UEB Technical Proficiency Test at braille.certification@cnib.ca.

Test Fee: $100

1.4  Reading Contracted Braille

The Reading Contracted Braille course follows the syllabus and 22 lessons of the Transcription course (1.1 above). It is a correspondence course which will require the use of a Word program for the completion of the assignments. The instruction manual is provided and an instructor is assigned. This course is suitable for print readers and for those accomplished braille readers who wish to learn the rules for contracted braille. Successful completion of the course and test leads to a Letter of Proficiency in Reading Contracted Braille.

Fee: $250

1.5 Reading and Writing Uncontracted Braille*

Reading and Writing Uncontracted Braille is a correspondence course which has seven assignments, each of which requires print and braille input. Course material is provided and an instructor is assigned. Successful completion of the course and test lead to a Letter of Proficiency in Reading and Writing Uncontracted Braille. It is for print readers only.

Fee $100

1.6 Reading Uncontracted Braille*

Reading Uncontract Braille is a free, self-directed course consisting of six short lessons. It is for print readers only and does not teach braille reading by touch. Black dots on the computer screen present the configurations of material in braille. Course material for reading uncontracted braille is available for access and download.

Fee: none; no registration

2. Music Braille

This correspondence course which teaches how to transcribe music notation into braille requires candidates to hold certification in braille transcription. The music prerequisite is grade 6 piano or equivalent and basic theory. Successful completion of the 34 lessons and test leads to certification as a braille music transcriber. Course material is provided and an instructor is assigned.

Fee:  $615

3. Mathematics (Nemeth)

This correspondence course, which teaches how to transcribe mathematics and scientific notation into braille using the Nemeth Code, requires candidates to hold certification in braille transcription and verification of experience of at least one year as a transcriber. Successful completion of the 16 lessons and test leads to certification in the Nemeth Code. Course material is provided and an instructor is assigned.

Fee:  $855

Contact for information and registration forms:

Email:  braille.certification@cnib.ca

Mail: Braille Certification, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON  M4G 3E8

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