Contracted Braille, UEB Edition
The braille code used for most written material is contracted braille. Being able to read and write in contracted Unified English Braille (UEB) will enable you to assist your family member, student, or client who is blind. After attaining this goal, you may decide to advance your braille skills by enrolling in a professional transcriber course or other advanced braille and braille teaching courses.
Prerequisite: Completion of Hadley's "Introduction to Braille" within six months prior to enrollment in "Contracted Braille" with a grade of B- or higher OR adequate competency as determined by Hadley's "Uncontracted Braille Assessment"
COURSE: CBR-213, MEDIA: OL OR P, LESSONS: 25
The Getting Started instructions from the instructor include important information on:
- Instructor introduction and background
- Unique course materials and prerequisites, if any
- Assignment submission information and deadline
- Contact information for questions and concerns
To proceed through the course, the student:
- Reads the Getting Started instructions from the instructor. (separate document for large print users, email for online users)
- Proceeds to the Overview at the beginning of the course.
- Begins Lesson 1 in the course by reading the lesson introduction, objectives, and key terms, if any.
- Reads the first reading section of the lesson.
- Completes the practice exercise and checks the answers. Practice exercise answers are NOT submitted to the instructor. They are for the student's practice and benefit only
- Continues to the next reading section and practice exercise.
- After the final practice exercise, reviews the lesson summary.
- Proceeds to the assignment and completes the assignment independently, free from the assistance of others.
- Submits the assignment to the instructor, following the instructions in the assignment and the Getting Started instructions.
- Begins the next lesson; student does not submit a new assignment, however, until feedback from previous assignment has been received.
- Reviews assignment feedback from the instructor, as well as any supplementary material the instructor may provide.
Each program (Family Education, HIPS) has an expected assignment submission time frame. Refer to the Getting Started instructions for that important information.
Students may contact the instructor at any time in this procedure if they have questions about the material. Instructor contact information is in the Getting Started instructions.
Family Education Program, HIPS
The braille code used for most written material is contracted braille. The goal of this course is to enable the student to visually read and write in contracted Unified English Braille (UEB). By attaining this goal, the student will be able to assist a family member, student, or client who is blind.
25 lessons with 25 assignments
75 CE hours
Prerequisite Skills and Materials
Completion of Hadley's "Introduction to Braille" within six months prior to enrollment in "Contracted Braille" with a grade of B− or higher
Adequate competency as determined by Hadley's "Uncontracted Braille Assessment."
Assignments are worth 100 points each. Each assignment includes 6–10 braille-to-print conversion items and 6–10 print to braille conversion items. Assignments are open book and do not need to be completed in one sitting. Students are expected to do their own work, independent of any outside help. Students will need 2 to 2.5 hours to complete an assignment.
- The student may submit an assignment a total of three times (the original and two resubmissions). A student's grade will be lowered one letter grade with each resubmission. The highest grade that can be earned with the first resubmission is a B+ if the grade earned is an A+. The highest grade that can be earned with the second resubmission is a C+ even if the resubmission has no errors.
- Students may be asked to redo an assignment if a grade of C is earned. With a resubmission of an assignment that had a grade of C, the grade will not change. The resubmission is suggested to help students practice and improve proofreading skills, which are essential when transcribing materials.
- Students will not be permitted to continue in the course if the student does not pass three consecutive assignments (even after resubmissions) or if the student does not have an average of at least B−/80 points (for HIPS students) or at least C−/70 points (for Family Education students) by assignment 10.
Student Code of Conduct and Plagiarism Policy
Students are expected to follow Hadley's Student Code of Conduct. Also, by submitting an assignment, students acknowledge that they have completed the work themselves and without plagiarism. Refer to the Student Handbook for the Student Code of Conduct and Hadley's full plagiarism policy. Plagiarism may result in the requirement to redo the assignment, a failing grade on the assignment, or even expulsion from the Hadley Institute.
Objectives and Content
After completing Lesson 1, the student will be able to read and braille alphabetic wordsigns:
- go, can, like, do, you, but, so, will
- people, knowledge, rather, more, every, have, not, it
- as, from, us, that, quite, very, just
This lesson includes Assignment 1.
After completing Lesson 2, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- him, your, quick, letter, good
- said, paid, today, tomorrow, tonight
This lesson includes Assignment 2.
After completing Lesson 3, the student will be able to use the
- strong wordsigns child, shall, this, which, out, still
- strong contractions and, for, of, the, with
This lesson includes Assignment 3.
After completing Lesson 4, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- little, again, blind, friend
- about, after, either, neither
This lesson includes Assignment 4.
After completing Lesson 5, the student will be able to use strong groupsigns representing the letters ch, sh, th, wh, ou, and st. This lesson includes Assignment 5.
After completing Lesson 6, the student will be able to read and write the following words as shortforms:
- would, could, should, such, much
- children, first, must, against
This lesson includes Assignment 6.
After completing Lesson 7, the student will be able to correctly use dot (5) initial-letter contractions:
- day, some, time, name, here, under, work
- lord, know, young, question, father, mother, one
- ever, right, part, there, character, through, where, ought
This lesson includes Assignment 7.
After completing Lesson 8, the student will be able to correctly use the following groupsigns:
- ar, ed, er
- gh, ow, ing
This lesson includes Assignment 8.
After completing Lesson 9, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- perhaps, afternoon, its, also, across
- already, above, necessary, great
This lesson includes Assignment 9.
After completing Lesson 10, the student will be able to
- use or explain the use of the grade 1 indicator
- correctly read and braille symbols-sequences that have letters and numbers
This lesson includes Assignment 10.
After completing Lesson 11, the student will be able to correctly use the lower groupsigns ea, bb, cc, ff,and gg. This lesson includes Assignment 11.
After completing Lesson 12, the student will be able to correctly use the dot 45 initial-letter contractions these, those, upon, whose, and word. This lesson includes Assignment 12.
After completing Lesson 13, the student will be able to read and write the following braille groupsigns:
- be, con, dis
- in, en
This lesson includes Assignment 13.
After completing Lesson 14, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- although, almost, together
- itself, myself, herself, himself, yourself
This lesson includes Assignment 14.
After completing Lesson 15, the student will be able to correctly use the dot 456 contractions cannot, had, many, spirit, their, and world. This lesson includes Assignment 15.
After completing Lesson 16, the student will be able to use the lower wordsigns
- be, his, was, were
- in, enough
This lesson includes Assignment 16.
After completing Lesson 17, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- thyself, oneself, altogether, always
- themselves, yourselves, ourselves
This lesson includes Assignment 17.
After completing Lesson 18, the student will be able to correctly use
- currency signs (dollar, cent, euro, pound sterling, yen/yuan) and the percent sign
- measurement symbols (inch, foot, pound, degree)
- symbols for mathematical calculation
This lesson includes Assignment 18.
After completing Lesson 19, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- afterward, according, braille, immediate
- receive, receiving, deceive, deceiving
This lesson includes Assignment 19.
After completing Lesson 20, the student will be able to correctly use the dot 56 final-letter groupsigns:
- ful, ity, ness, ong
- tion, ence, ment
This lesson includes Assignment 20.
After completing Lesson 21, the student will be able to read and write the eight shortforms that begin with be:
- because, before, behind, below
- beneath, beside, between, beyond
This lesson includes Assignment 21.
After completing Lesson 22, the student will be able to correctly use single quotation marks, accent signs, and brackets. This lesson includes Assignment 22.
After completing Lesson 23, the student will be able to correctly use the dot 46 groupsigns sion, ance, less, ound, and ount. This lesson includes Assignment 23.
After completing Lesson 24, the student will be able to use the italics and boldface typeform indicators. This lesson includes Assignment 24.
After completing Lesson 25, the student will be able to read and write the following shortforms:
- rejoice, rejoicing, declare, declaring
- conceive, conceiving, perceive, perceiving
This lesson includes Assignment 25.