Registration for this event is now closed.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 to Wednesday, June 10, 2020

4:30-6:30 p.m. each week


$100 for school personnel

$50 for college students and adult family members of students who are BVI

Registration fee does not include cost of materials


MDE-LIO will offer a spring online Unified English Braille (UEB) class on Wednesdays for parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other personnel who work with students who are BVI. This class will give beginners who have little or no experience with UEB the knowledge and practice necessary to effectively support students who use braille. A certificate of completion will be issued by the Michigan Department of Education.

There will be 16 sessions for this class. Scholarships may be available for eligible participants.

Participants will learn:

  • The alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Typeforms
  • More than 180 contractions (and rules that pertain to them)

Class Expectations

  • Attend 16 two-hour instructional sessions
  • Complete weekly assignments outside of class instruction
  • Complete midterm and final exams

Required Technology

All sessions for this class will be conducted online. Participants must have a computer with a camera and a reliable internet connection. You will receive instructions beforehand on how to access the class. Please note that groups may participate online if each individual completes the registration process (including payment) prior to the registration deadline. Group registrations are not accepted.

Required Materials

This class requires a textbook (purchase or borrow):

  • Ashcroft's Programmed Instruction: Unified English Braille

MDE-LIO has a limited number of books to loan (available on a first come, first served basis), so it is highly recommended that participants purchase their own 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).

Available Credits


Cancellation Policy

Please note: A credit card payment is required to complete your registration and secure your slot for this event. MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.

If you have a question or need to cancel, call MDE-LIO at 517-241-7083.

Contact Information

Stacy Guthrie