Registration - Workshop Descriptions

The BLC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in Ottawa on May 26th, 2018 at the Canadian Council of the Blind National Office (20 James Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0T6).

Workshops will take place between 1:30pm and 2:45pm.  The BrailleBlaster workshop (described below) will also be available via a live web stream.  For those who are not members of BLC (and not affiliated with a corporate member of BLC), a $20 registration fee applies.

The AGM itself will take place between 3:00 and 4:30pm.  Based on feedback from our membership survey, we are planning to make the meeting available via web conference for members who are unable to attend in person. 
The official meeting notice will be sent out in a separate email. Note that only BLC members are eligible to vote at the AGM.

Below are descriptions of the workshops. After following the "Next" button at the bottom of this page, you will be asked to indicate which workshops you are planning to attend and provide your registration details.
Workshop 1: Getting Started with Braille on the iPhone: Hands-on Strategies for Success

Participants in this workshop will learn all they need to know to get started with a braille display on the iPhone.

Topics will include:
  • how to pair a display to the iPhone
  • what braille settings are available and how to adjust braille settings
  • basic navigation and commands when using a display on the iPhone
  • how to use braille screen input for text entry
  • things to consider when choosing a braille device
A detailed step by step overview of the above topics will be provided with hands-on demonstrations. Time will be allotted during the final portion of the workshop to answer questions and to provide one-on-one assistance. This workshop will be of interest to braille users, teachers and parents.
Workshop 2: Introduction to BrailleBlaster

Over the past number of years, the American Printing House for the Blind has been working to develop a freely available braille translation package that can be used by transcribers, teachers, parents, or anyone else needing to produce braille materials. BrailleBlaster, available for Windows, MacOS, and even Linux, now allows you to accurately translate text into braille, handles formatting of headings, lists, poetry and prose, can automate the process of splitting large files into volumes, adding transcriber notes, generating tables of contents, special symbol pages, basic tables, and even (single line) mathematical material. In many ways, BrailleBlaster is a powerful but easy to use and free alternative to Duxbury.

In this session, we will introduce you to:

  • the BrailleBlaster program interface
  • setting up a new file (translation settings, formats, etc.)
  • entering text
  • basic formatting (bold, italics, headings, lists)
  • navigating a document
  • basic math translation
We are planning to make this session available via a web-based conference for those who are not attending the AGM.