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Access Academy (formerly #AtHomeWithAPH) is your one-stop resource for the meaningful education and training webinars you need to get the most out of APH products and services. From tutorials on new products and hacks on how to get the most from your beloved tech, to information on resources, services, and programs: our goal is to give you the info you need for home, the classroom, and the workplace.

The majority of Access Academy webinars also provide Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) credit. Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.

Upcoming Access Academy Webinars

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  • Title of Webinar
    Braille 2000: Textbook Transcription from Start to Finish
    Date
    May 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 31st, and June 1st
    Time
    1:00 PM–2:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Producing high-quality digital and embossed braille using Braille 2000 and NIMAS files has never been easier! Register for this series of 6 webinars and learn how to acquire NIMAS files, then format content using Braille 2000 tools. Some knowledge of BANA’s Braille Formats 2016 is recommended; it is not required to be an Accessible Media Producer with NIMAC in order to participate.
    Instructor
    Rosemary Baggott, Braille Transcriber, Rhyomai, Inc.
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Compensatory Access
    Target Audience
    Braille transcribers
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    knowledge of BANA’s Braille Formats 2016 is recommended

    Learning Objectives

    Session 1 (May 16):

    • Describe how to access a file from NIMAC site as Accessible Media Producer (AMP)
    • Download, Save, & Convert NIMAS file to braille file using only Braille 2000
    • Download, Save, & Convert NIMAS file to braille file in Braille 2000, using BrailleBlaster as an intermediate step
    • Explore BrailleBlaster and Braille 2000 features that help with initial formatting of the downloaded file–e.g., typeforms
    • Identify types of NIMAS files to download and how they can be used for transcription, esp. PDF, xml, and images
    • Describe options for file set up on personal computer, in order to facilitate transcription process from the NIMAS file, especially in a large text

    Session 2 (May 17):

    • Identify NIMAS and Braille 2000 tools for setting up initial formatting of a text, including transcriber-generated pages
    • Create bookmarks in Braille 2000, to navigate quickly between transcriber-generated pages and transcription
    • Use Braille 2000 to set running head for a text
    • Avoid and/or correct potential problems when transferring information between works (e.g., transfer of running heads and page numbers, esp. In earlier versions of Braille 2000)

    Session 3 (May 23):

    • Identify 3 Braille 2000 editing and formatting features (Pagination, Table of Contents, Typeforms).
    • Set and edit print page numbers in a text generated from a NIMAS file using Braille 2000
    • Set up and edit Table of Contents from a NIMAS file using Braille 2000
    • Identify common features of print TOCs that require special attention when editing
    • List procedures for editing TOC for subsequent volumes of a text
    • List procedures for separating large text chapters between volumes, following TOC guidelines
    • Describe how NIMAS files reflect print typeforms

    Session 4 (May 24):

    • Identify 3 Braille 2000 editing and formatting features (Headings, List and Tables, Alphabetic References)
    • Differentiate NIMAS-generated and transcriber-made choices for headings
    • Set up keyboard commands in Braille 2000, under Styles
    • Differentiate how lists and tables are presented with Braille 2000 conversion only, and with BrailleBlaster to Braille 2000
    • Describe editing procedure used to unlock “tables” with Braille 2000 conversion from NIMAS
    • Describe editing features for different types of tables, with BrailleBlaster to Braille 2000 conversion, including Keyed Column Headings and/or Row Headings; Wide Tables: Listed Table Format; Wide Tables: Facing Pages
    • Describe editing features for Nested Lists, including alphabetic references (e.g. glossary, index)

    Session 5 (May 31):

    • Describe features in NIMAS generated files for Sidebars, Line Numbered Text/Poetry, Footnotes, Math/MathML, Footnotes, and Pronunciation keys

    Session 6 (June 1):

    • Question and answer
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes, then submit these to the APH Hive’s NEW webinar certificate portal within 30 days of the scheduled event. Following submission, a certificate is immediately available and stored.
  • Title of Webinar
    Training the Trainer: Where to start when teaching JAWS
    Date
    05/24/2022
    Time
    11:30 AM–1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is a screen reader application that provides speech and braille output for users who are unable to see screen content or navigate using the mouse. It enables you to write documents, create presentations, compose and send email, and browse the internet using the keyboard.As a teacher or an assistive technology instructor, it can be difficult to know where to start when teaching students how to use JAWS. In this webinar, we’ll discuss why JAWS is important, what sets it apart from other products, and provide tips on where to begin when working with students. We’ll also share valuable resources that place Freedom Scientific training content at your fingertips.
    Instructor
    Elizabeth Whitaker, Technical Writer, Vispero
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The participant will learn about how to teach JAWS (Job Access with Speech) to new users.
    Learning Objectives
    The participant will review three resources available by Freedom Scientific for teaching JAWS.
    The participant will identify two means of accessing the JAWS Basic Training material.
    The participant will review three keyboard commands used in FSReader.
    The participant will review two ways to access the JAWS Training Modules.
    The participant will review four steps for downloading the JAWS Basic Training bundle.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes, then submit these to the APH Hive’s NEW webinar certificate portal within 30 days of the scheduled event. Following submission, a certificate is immediately available and stored.
  • Title of Webinar
    Duxbury: Textbook Transcription from Start to Finish
    Date
    June 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, and 23rd
    Time
    3:00 PM–4:30 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 minutes
    Description
    Producing high-quality digital and embossed braille using Duxbury, NimPro and NIMAS files has never been easier! Register for this series of 6 webinars and learn how to acquire NIMAS files, then format content using Duxbury tools. Some knowledge of BANA’s Braille Formats 2016 is recommended; it is not required to be an Accessible Media Producer with NIMAC in order to participate.
    Instructor
    Deborah Krise, Prison Braille instructor, TRICOR Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Corrections
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Compensatory Access
    Target Audience
    Braille transcribers
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    knowledge of BANA’s Braille Formats 2016 is recommended

    Learning Objectives

    Session 1 (June 7th):

    • Describe how to access a file from NIMAC site as Accessible Media Producer (AMP)
    • Download, Save, & Convert NIMAS file to braille file using NimPro/Duxbury
    • Explore NimPro features that help with initial formatting of the downloaded file–e.g., typeforms
    • Identify types of NIMAS files to download and how they can be used for transcription, esp. PDF, xml, and images

    Session 2 (June 9th):

    • Identify NIMAS and Duxbury tools for setting up initial formatting of a text, including transcriber-generated pages.
    • Identify common issues when working with Duxbury conversions. Saving multiple files/ transcriptions)
    • Describe how to set Document setting for transcription.

    Session 3 (June 14th):

    • Identify 3 Duxbury editing and formatting features (Pagination, Table of Contents, Typeforms).
    • Set and edit print page numbers in a text generated from a NIMAS file using Duxbury
    • Set up and edit Table of Contents from a NIMAS file using Duxbury
    • Identify common features of print TOCs that require special attention when editing
    • List procedures for editing TOC for subsequent volumes of a text
    • List procedures for separating large text chapters between volumes, following TOC guidelines
    • Describe how NIMAS files reflect print typeforms

    Session 4 (June 16th):

    • Identify 3 Duxbury editing and formatting features (Headings, List and Tables, Alphabetic References)
    • Differentiate NIMAS-generated and transcriber-made choices for headings
    • Describe editing procedure used to unlock “tables” with NimPro/Duxbury conversion from NIMAS
    • Describe editing features for different types of tables, with NimPro/Duxbury conversion, including Keyed Column Headings and/or Row Headings; Wide Tables: Listed Table Format; Wide Tables: Facing Pages

    Session 5 (June 21st):

    • Describe editing features for Nested Lists, including alphabetic references (e.g. glossary, index)
    • Describe features in NIMAS generated files for Sidebars, Line Numbered Text/Poetry, Footnotes, Math/MathML, Footnotes, and Pronunciation keys

    Session 6 (June 23rd):

    • Question and answer
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes, then submit these to the APH Hive’s NEW webinar certificate portal within 30 days of the scheduled event. Following submission, a certificate is immediately available and stored.

Access Academy Archives

Missed a chance to attend one of our webinars or just looking for more resources? Many of our past Access Academy webinars are available on our Access Academy YouTube playlist.

APH Hive

Looking for more educational opportunities? Head over to the APH Hive, our FREE eLearning platform for educators and families that you can access at any time to earn ACVREP credits from the comfort of your home and office. With a growing course catalog covering categories like Assessment, Core Curriculum and more, we’re compiling the resources you need to serve students.