Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition
Would you like to read braille visually? This introductory course presents the fundamentals of the braille code, including the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation, giving you the tools to communicate in writing with family members or clients who read braille. The goal is to enable you to read and write uncontracted Unified English Braille. To become fully proficient in braille, more advanced coursework and practice is required.
COURSE: IBR-113, MEDIA: OL or P, LESSONS: 9
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 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 exercise.
- After the final 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
Want to read braille visually? This introductory course provides the tools for those interested in learning to read and write braille so they can communicate with family members who use braille. It presents the fundamentals of the braille code, including the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation. The goal is to enable the student to visually read and write uncontracted Unified English Braille (UEB).
9 lessons with 9 assignments
30 CE hours
Prerequisite Skills and Materials
- A slate and stylus is mailed to the student.
- Interactive programs that simulate the braillewriter and the slate and stylus are included in the online course only. These programs are for practice purposes only, and cannot be used to produce hard copy braille.
- The student will be required to redo the assignment if the student earns a C− or less.
- Students will be dropped from the course if they do not pass an assignment with a grade of C− (70%) after three attempts.
Assignments are worth 100 points each. Assignment 1 consists of 10 short-answer items (100 points) and 1 ungraded essay. Assignment 2 consists of 2 short-answer items (6 points) and 31 braille-to-print items (93 points). Assignments 3 and 4 consist of 10 short-answer and 10 braille writing practice items. Assignment 5 consists of 15 items using the slate or slate simulator and 35 items using the braille writer or braillewriter simulator. Assignment 6 consists of 25 braille-to-print items and 25 print-to-braille items. Assignments 7, 8, and 9 each consist of 10 braille-to-print items and 10 print-to-braille 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 hours to complete an assignment.
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:
- briefly relate the history of braille
- discuss the importance of braille in terms of literacy for those who are blind
This lesson includes Assignment 1.
After completing Lesson 2, the student will be able to:
- describe the braille system of raised dots
- visually identify the braille letters of the alphabet, including capital letters, individually and in words
This lesson includes Assignment 2.
After completing Lesson 3, the student will be able to:
- use a slate and stylus
- identify various kinds of slates and styluses
This lesson includes Assignment 3.
After completing Lesson 4, the student will be able to use a braillewriter.
This lesson includes Assignment 4.
After completing Lesson 5, the student will be able to write letters and words, including proper nouns, in braille. This lesson includes Assignment 5.
After completing Lesson 6, the student will be able to read and braille:
- the comma and larger numbers
- the decimal point or period, and the dollar sign
- simple fractions
This lesson includes Assignment 6.
After completing Lesson 7, the student will be able to read and write the following punctuation in braille:
- period, computer dot, decimal point, and ellipsis
- question mark and exclamation point
- hyphen and dash
This lesson includes Assignment 7.
After completing Lesson 8, the student will be able to use the following in braille:
- colon and semicolon
- double quotation marks
- forward slash and "at" sign
This lesson includes Assignment 8.
After completing Lesson 9, the student will be able to read and write:
- fully capitalized words
- fully capitalized passages of three or more words
This lesson includes Assignment 9.