Visual Braille Bootcamp


Scheduled at 9:00am in Cotton Creek II on Tuesday, November 14 (2017).



  • Christa Miller, Director of Inclusive Media Design, Virginia Tech

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


If you have always wanted to learn Braille or want to better support Braille readers at your institution, this is for you. Even though Braille wasn't meant to be used visually, there are many tips and tricks to learning Braille visually. This pre-conference workshop will teach participants the foundation of Literary Braille and Nemeth Braille.


Braille readers in college--especially in science, technology, engineering, math, health majors--are a relatively small group but with recent improvements in Braille technologies has come a small increase in enrollments by Braille readers.

This pre-conference workshop is for those who would like to be better prepared to support a Braille reader and those who are just curious. Participants will learn how to: read and write grade one (uncontracted) Braille, write grade two (contracted) Braille with software assistance, write elementary Nemeth code Braille (for math and science), and identify significant differences between the UEB code and previous EBAE code.

Using a small group, cooperative approach by the end of the day participants will be able to: explain the creation of the Braille code, read and write the braille alphabet, recognize grade two braille signs, use a grade two braille cheat sheet, write simple Nemeth Braille expressions, and use a Nemeth cheat sheet.


  1. Explain the fundamental differences between contracted Braille and Unified English Braille
  2. Use uncontracted Braille to transcribe short written passages
  3. Learn the structure that Nemeth Braille relies on to communicate math and science

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Christa Miller

Christa Miller is a proud Virginia Tech Hokie and is currently the Director of Inclusive Media Design. She first became interested in assistive technologies (AT) while earning her BS in Electrical Engineering. Her passion for accessible technology and universal design then led her to pursue her MS in Industrial Systems Engineering, concentrating in Human Factors.

Between 2006 and 2018, Christa has worked in many roles for Assistive Technologies, part of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS). Notable among these was as the lead Braille Transcriber for Braille Services. Her unique knowledge of the tools and technologies needed to produce Braille for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses has led her to consult with disability service providers from many other post-secondary institutions and share that knowledge at national conferences.

In her current role, Christa has enjoyed co-leading a many professional development programs aimed at providing teaching faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to create inclusive learning environments.


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