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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 to Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


$100 for school personnel supporting students in Michigan who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI)

$50 for college students in Michigan studying BVI-related professions and adult family members of students in Michigan who are BVI

Registration fee does not include cost of materials


This online class is for individuals who have little or no experience with braille. In the class, participants will visually learn how to read and write braille. They will also gain knowledge and practice to effectively support students who use braille. A certificate of completion will be issued by the Michigan Department of Education.

This class has been approved for 28.0 SCECHs and ACVREP credits.

Learn about:

  • the alphabet
  • punctuation and contractions
  • typeforms
  • Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics

Please note: Attendees must be able to log into and participate in this class individually.


This class is for adult family members and school personnel supporting students in Michigan who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI), and college students in Michigan who are studying a BVI-related field.

Class Expectations

  • attend all instructional sessions
  • complete weekly assignments outside of class instruction
  • complete midterm and final exam

Participants are also expected to be respectful and courteous to others during this class. MDE-LIO reserves the right to mute, turn off video, and/or remove participants who do not adhere to this expectation.

Required Technology and Materials

Participants must have a computer with a camera and a reliable internet connection. Instructions will be sent beforehand on how to access the class. Please review Zoom Tips and Shortcuts for Participants [PDF] before the class begins.

This class also requires a textbook:

  • Ashcroft's Programmed Instruction: Unified English Braille

Participants are encouraged to purchase their own book to mark/highlight for study purposes and to keep as a useful resource. The book may be purchased from SCALARS Publishing (ISBN: 978-0-9960353-0-9). MDE-LIO has a limited number of books to borrow on a first come, first served basis.


Please note: It is important for participants to request accommodations at least three weeks prior to the online event. Outside agencies MDE-LIO contracts with to provide accommodations cannot guarantee services if requests are made in less than three weeks.

Cancellation Policy

Please email [email protected] as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Please note: For events that require payment, MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.​

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