BRL: Braille through Remote Learning

Intro to Braille Course

Session 10 page
Session Objectives

Session Topics
  • Formatting Braille Documents
  • Formatting Tests and Exercises

  • Writing Exercise 1
  • Writing Exercise 2

    Other BRL Courses
  • Transcribers Course
  • Special Codes Course

    BRL Reference Desk
  • Summary of Rules
  • Contractions Lookup
  • Contractions List
  • Braille only contractions
  • Problem Words
  • Webster's Dictionary
  • Braille Formats (BANA rules for transcribing textbooks)
  • Reading List

    Other Resources
  • Online gradebook
  • Main BRL page
  • Flashcard program (Java)
  • Downloadable Software
  • Braille Supplies

    Other Links
  • American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
  • Braille Authority of North America (BANA)
  • National Braille Association (NBA)
  • National Library Service (NLS, Library of Congress)

  • Session 10: Exercise 2

    Directions: Transcribe into braille the following exercise.

    Transcriptions are to be prepared using a brailler emulation program (Mac/PCBrailler, Duxbury, Edgar, Megadots, etc.). Files must be submitted electronically. No hardcopy braille will be accepted.

    Files done with brailler emulation programs (Mac/PCBrailler, Duxbury, Edgar, Megadots, etc.) should be emailed as text files to Feedback Form (we are no longer accepting submissions) Make sure you put your name in electronic braille as a part of the file itself. Please do not send files titled "braille" or "session10b".  If you are sending your work as an email attachment, you should name your files as something unique, such as the first six (6) characters of your email address, and then the characters "S10b", followed by the three letter code (.dxb, .acn, etc.) that your braille software produces. For example, Duxbury files sent by would be titled "broadnaxS10b.dxb", where ".dxb" is the three letter code Duxbury uses for its files. The limit on the part of the file before the dot is eight (8). Format:

    This exercise is designed for a 40-cell braille line with 25 lines per page. If you must work with something other than a 40-cell braille line, a note should be included as part of your file telling the instructor the number of cells across you are using.

    The maximum number of spaces on a braille line should be utilized. Therefore, wherever there is room on a line for one or more syllables and a hyphen, even on the last line of a braille page, as many syllables should be written on that line as space will permit.

    Put into braille the following document. Assume that this document is to be used by an individual student who is permitted to write on the document.

    Unit Exam

    Directions: Complete each of the questions below to demonstrate your proficiency on the topics studied in this unit.

    1. Fill-in-the-blank. Choose the correct word(s) that fit the meaning of these sentences:

    a. The ___________ stranger devised a plan to ___________ the detective.


    b. A ___________ can prove __________ that the sound made by a violin is caused by the vibrating of the strings.


    2. Multiple-choice. For each word below, circle the word or phrase which is most nearly similar to the word in italics.

    aborigines a. first designs b. concepts c. primitive inhabitants
    abeyance a. obedience b. suspended action c. discussion

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