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FALL 2011 Volume LIII, No. 2


In ThIs Issue:

• In Memoriam

Bettye Maxwell Krolick … pg. 18

Jane O Conner Verhage … pg. 19

• Call for Papers - 2012 CTEBVI Conference … pgs. 6-9

• BANA -- The Evolution of Braille: Part 1 … pgs. 22-27

• Upcoming NBA and GITWL Conferences … pg. 21

• Announcement from Judi Biller … pg. 11

CTEBVI Membership Chair


A Must Read

And a boatload of fantastic articles from our Specialists

The official publicaTion of The

California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Message from the Editor

Hello to All CTEBVI Members,

2012 Conference will be here before you know it. If you have an idea for a great workshop, or know of someone you’d like to have present a workshop, Call for Workshop Proposals application can be found on pages 6-9. If you’re able to volunteer your time at conference as a workshop monitor, help out at the registration desk, or be on a committee, please contact any of the board members to find out what you can do to help. Your support is needed for a successful conference.

June 2011 Braille Challenge was once again an exciting and inspiring event. Finalists’ names can be found at If you have a child or student you feel could benefit from participating, check out the website to get information on how to register for 2012.

In this issue we have Part 1 of “The Evolution of Braille” from BANA. It’s very interesting reading, so don’t miss it.

Also, please be sure to read an important announcement from Judi Biller, CTEBVI Membership Chair, on page 11.

Happy reading.

Marcy Ponzio

An apology to Pat Leader whose name was inadvertently omitted from the Life Member list in the Spring 2011 issue of the JOURNAL.


Marcy Ponzio

Layout Editor

Kevin McCarthy

Print Proofreader

Cath Tendler-Valencia

Braille Transcription

Contra Costa Braille Transcribers


Transcribing Mariners

The CTEBVI JOURNAL is published three times a year by the California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc., 741 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90029. ©2011 by California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. except where noted. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without the consent of the publishers.

Editorial office for the CTEBVI JOURNAL and all other CTEBVI publications is:

Marcy Ponzio, CTEBVI Publications

Braille Publishing

Braille Institute of America

741 N. Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90029-3594


Phone: (323) 666-2211

(For MESSAGES ONLY and recorded information

about 2012 CTEBVI Conference)

Deadlines for submission of articles:

Winter Issue:

November 21, 2011

Spring Issue:

April 18, 2012

Fall Issue:

August 6, 2012

Winter Issue:

November 19, 2012



fall 2011 Volume liii, No. 2

Inside Story:

President’s Message 4

CTEBVI Conference Flyer 5

2011 Call for Workshop Proposals 6

CTEBVI Membership Application 10

Save a Tree 11

CTEBVI Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship Application 12

CTEBVI Katie Sibert Memorial Scholarship Application 14

Gifts and Tributes 16

In Memoriam

Bettye Maxwell Krolick 18

Jane O’Connor Verhage 19


Explore the Code of Raised Dots 20

NBA Conference / Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference 21

Special Article:

The Evolution of Braille: Part 1 submitted by Jana Hertz 22

Our Specialists Say:

Braille Mathematics – Mary Denault

Synthetic Division 28

Computer-Generated Tactiles – Jim Barker

Live Paint 30

Music In Education -- Richard Taesch

A Different Kind of Bar-Over-Bar Teaching 32

Textbook Formats – Joanna E. Venneri

Don’t Get Lost in Translation 37

Foreign Language – Saralyn Borboa

Superscripts and Ordinal Numbers in Foreign Language Text 40

Business Column – Bob Walling

Woe is Me 43

Education K-12 – Keith Christian

Technology, Do We Really Need To Introduce It Now, Or Can It Wait? 44

Infant/Preschool – Beth Moore and Sue Parker-Strafaci

Back to School 46

Tactile Illustration – Katrina Ostby

Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics 48

CTEBVI Awards, Presidents & Editors 49

CTEBVI Executive Board and Board of Directors 50

CTEBVI Committee Chairs 51


President’s Message

Bridging the Gap is the theme for Conference 2012, March 15-18 at the LAX Marriott.

CTEBVI is an extraordinary organization comprised of many fields of professional expertise encompassing a common goal of providing and advocating for the education of all blind and visually impaired students. Achieving this goal relies on the success of the interaction, support, communication and cooperation among our various fields. As innovations in technology continue to compliment and enhance the accessibility of materials, there remains a gap between these advents and the hard copy texts that provide the cornerstone of classroom education. The gap between transcribers and educators and the state agencies that set the standards to which we must adhere is one that can be bridged through open dialogue. Our conference is renowned like no other for bringing all aspects of the industry together. The idea of Bridging the Gap could not be more timely.

Typically and historically, when federal, state and civic finances are stressed, the resulting budget cuts translate into diminished services for those most in need. Education in general and special education in particular often suffer as a result.

As of August 15, opening day for many California schools, there has been no response from Governor Brown to our letter (published in the spring JOURNAL) or to letters from others outlining our concerns regarding the timely distribution of required state adopted textbooks in braille and large print formats throughout the California public school system. Our intent was to open a dialogue with the California Department of Education and in doing so offer our vast professional perspective to help address the cause of what many of our members consider a very serious problem. By the time this JOURNAL is published, a follow-up letter will have been sent to Governor Brown, and we anticipate a response.

On reviewing our 2011-12 budget, it was brought to the attention of the Executive Board that many thousands of dollars could be saved annually in printing and mailing costs by increasing the number of members (currently 20 percent) who receive the JOURNAL electronically. I encourage you to consider this option by contacting Judi Biller at

Our annual membership drive will take place early October. Staying current as a member in good standing helps keep the cost of membership down, which in turn will help in attracting new members.

Finally, a word about our Distinguished Member Bettye Krolick, who passed away August 5. (See Memoriam on page 18.) Bettye was a true pioneer in the world of braille music and education. Her insight to the needs of blind music students came from a musician’s perspective. She touched so many in a profound and lasting way, answering questions with a direct and simple clarity that only great teachers can. I think it safe to say that for those who knew Bettye, the very thought of her always brings with it a fond smile.

Bettye was the brightest of lights in helping to show the way to a fuller life through music for countless blind musicians. Her legacy will continue for generations to come.

Grant Horrocks

CTEBVI 2012 Annual Conference

March 15 -18, 2012

Los Angeles Airport Marriott

5855 West Century Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90045


Come join us for great workshops, our usual compliment of fascinating speakers, wonderful entertainment, food, and social gatherings. And, of course, our Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.

As a pre-conference event on March 15, we're offering a spectacular day at the new Getty Museum where you'll be able to immerse yourself in the world of art, and also enjoy the beautiful gardens and courtyards.

At our Sunday brunch we'll present a panel discussion with parents whose children have attended The Braille Challenge finals. They will share their stories on ways they have helped their kids develop strong social and academic skills. Challenge finalists are kids who personify a well rounded and successful student, and are all highly motivated and involved in both academic and extracurricular pursuits.

It proves to be another amazing conference. Hope to see you all there!

Visit after January 1, 2012, for online registration packet and detailed information about workshops and events


Call for Workshop Proposals


53nd ANNUAL CTEBVI CONFERENCE 2012 March 15-18, 2012 LAX Marriott

The theme for 2012 is Bridging the Gap. From where to where? That’s up to you. These times require ingenuity and the ability to do more with less.

We are looking for workshops that offer practical solutions, interactive activities, and usable information to help make conference participants’ lives and jobs easier, and possibly a little something more - that “wouldn’t this be nice?” or “I’d love to see this happen” idea.

Participants should walk away with techniques and follow-up ideas that can be demonstrated during the workshop and carried over into the competing priorities of their busy lives.

There are three workshop strands targeting specific interest areas: Transcribers (braille transcribers and tactile graphics experts), Educators (teachers and mobility specialists), and Parents (self-explanatory). Your workshop should target a specific strand (although participants from other strands may attend).

As a starting point, here are possible workshop topics (not an exclusive list) for each strand, recommended by our workshop-strand chairs:


  • Employment opportunities for transcribers

  • Nemeth Code

  • Chemistry transcription

  • Music transcription

  • Textbook format for educational materials

  • Foreign Language transcription

  • Tactile graphics guidelines and techniques

  • Transcribing for early grade levels

  • Proofreading

  • Software programs, not specific to braille software programs

  • NIMAS – access issues and what to do once you have the files

  • Alternate media: scanning, optical character recognition (OCR), formatting Word documents, working with PDF documents, comparing electronic formats


  • Classroom management and resources (data, IEPs, inventories, technology & research)

  • Specific Issues for Infants and Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, and MI/VI students

  • Assessments (formal and informal)

  • Literacy (effective reading/writing techniques & issues)


Standards (how they drive instruction and goals)

  • Technology (effective low/high tech devices and their uses)

  • Daily living skills (self-help skills, social manners, leisure and recreation skills, how to make friends)

  • Medical (current research on therapy, treatments, cures)

  • Orientation and Mobility (the right techniques at the right time)

  • Paraprofessionals: their role in the education of children with visual impairments (how to help without enabling, working under the supervision of a TVI and a classroom teacher, safety issues for you and your student)

  • Assistive computer technology: screen readers, personal scanning systems, refreshable Braille displays, portable notetakers, comparing/contrasting technology, emerging technology, GPS devices, apps for


  • Administration: supporting mainstream teachers to meet VI students’ needs, creating a workable VI program, designing enrichment programs, working with the Dept. of Rehabilitation, living skills

Parents, Families, and Students:

  • Setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts for your child

  • Disciplining: knowing the difference between a bad behavior and a mannerism

  • Grant-writing basics to help your VI child

  • Making a Friend (break up into different age groups)

  • Socio-recreational options/outlets for different age groups

  • Best online resources for parents (break up into different age groups)

  • Essential basic technology for home and school to help your braille reader—what are the essentials and where can you get them? (plus HOW to get funds for this stuff!)

  • Raising your child to be an employable adult

  • Best practices to prepare your child to learn braille (ages 2-5)

  • Braille readers at home (this could be one or two sessions)

  • Other braille best practices for parents to use (electronic book access, pre-school intro to braille, distance education, other screen readers)

  • Parent panel or roundtable of ideas per age group

  • SSI and your visually impaired child, disability checks and employment

  • Communication about relationships and sexual topics through the different age groups

  • Transitions: high school to college, school to work, “low vision” to “blind,” progressive vision loss, adult vision loss, braille literacy for adult blind, life skills

Workshop Handouts

If your proposal is accepted for a workshop session, handouts or accompanying materials can be provided electronically (details for submittal will be provided at acceptance). Materials will be uploaded onto our website after conference. If your workshop is approved, the due date for submitting your handouts is

March 11, 2012.

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