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Teleconference Workshop: UEB Technical Material: From Counting to Calculus!

Date: Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Time: 1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific
Duration: 1.5 hours
Presenter: Lorraine Banks
Location: Teleconference
Cost: Free!

Who can participate? This workshop will be of interest to transcribers and teachers of students with visual impairments, as well as advanced braille readers pursuing courses in math and science! Participants must have a good working knowledge of the rules of UEB but familiarity with Technical Material is not necessary.

Workshop Description: UEB Guidelines for Technical Material really can handle everything in Math, Science and Computer Notation. This discussion of additional examples will introduce some of the technical symbols and will clarify the use of grade 1 indicators and braille grouping indicators. Some examples will be taken from senior level curriculum.

The workshop will be moderated by Kim Kilpatrick, member of the BLC Board of Directors.

To register, please send an email to info@blc-lbc.ca by Tuesday, November 21st. You will receive call-in details and handouts prior to the teleconference. We also recommend that you download the Guidelines for Technical Material in PDF or BRF from the following link: http://www.iceb.org/ueb.html.

If you have questions about the material being covered, please send them to info@blc-lbc.ca and they will be forwarded to Lorraine in advance of the teleconference.

Register today - Space is limited!

The Big Brailler Bounce Initiative:

One of BLC's braille promotion activities involves getting unused Perkins braillers out of those dark storage places and into the hands of braille users who need them. Yes, let's bounce those unused and unwanted wonderful Perkins braillers currently hidden away in cupboards and under beds into the hands of braille users a cross Canada who would love to put an unwanted brailler to good use!

If you have a brailler that you are no longer using and would like to pass it on to someone who needs one, please contact Jen Goulden at info@blc-lbc.ca. If the brailler requires servicing, that will be taken care of prior to passing it on to its new owner.

If you need a brailler or know someone who does...again, please email Jen Goulden at the above address with contact information for follow-up.

The Perkins Brailler has helped generations of blind and visually impaired individuals express the contents of their hearts and minds. It's been the braillewriter of choice at schools and among transcribers. Though first introduced in 1951, surprisingly few modifications have been made to the Perkins Brailler: the machine you use today is virtually identical to a Perkins Brailler your parent or grand-parent could have used.

How has the Perkins Brailler managed to remain relatively unchanged for all these years? Perhaps it's that the device's inventor, David Abraham, got it right the first time. Abraham invented a device that perfectly marries ease-of-use with tough-as-nails durability.” (taken from Fred's s Head from APH, a Blindness Blog)