BEST Professional Development
The Braille Excellence for Students and Teachers (BEST) Grant is a statewide project of professional development and technical assistance dedicated to braille literacy, braille instruction, braille materials, and braille technology in Ohio schools.
Registration is free, however, attendees must register in advance. The following events have a limited number of participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No 'walk in' entry is available.
JAWS / FOCUS / ElBraille Training
January 19, 2018 - The BEST Grant in collaboration with the AT & AEM Center and VFO invite parents, students, educators, and support staff serving students with visual impairments to attend.
Instructional Strategies for Math and Dealing with Nemeth in the UEB Context
February 23, 2018 - Learn instructional strategies for teaching math and dealing with Nemeth in the UEB context to students with visual impairments.
Summer Braille Courses
The BEST Summer Institute 2017 offers four braille courses that follow the braille courses provided by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Library of Congress. The goal of the BEST grant is to provide participants with a foundation to complete the NLS courses, learn Unified English Braille (UEB), and continue on to become a certified transcriber.
June 11 - 14, 2018 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic braille skills using a Perkins brailler.
June 25 - 28, 2018 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic Nemeth code for K-8 math and science notation.
June 18 - July 9, 2018 - An intensive braille course, designed for educators who need advanced instruction in braille.