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List Services Questions and Answers


Braille-N-Teach

What is the Braille and Teach List Serve?

Braille-N-Teach (BNT) is an e-mail service, hosted by the Clearinghouse for Specialized Materials and Translations (CSMT), for educators working with students who have low vision or who are blind. The list service provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, borrow and lend instructional materials, and discuss issues that arise in this specialty area. Information could include best practices, sharing research articles, directing others to important Web sites, and brainstorming when a new idea is brought forward.

Who can register as a member?

Anyone who works with a student having vision impairments can become a member. Directors of special education, program specialists, classroom assistants, and teachers can become members. Specialists, including Orientation and Mobility, Adaptive PE, Cane instructors, and an array of Expanded Core Curriculum educators are encouraged to become BNT members.

How do I sign up?

To sign up to be a member of this list service you need to download and fill out this form. E-mail the completed form to csmt@cde.ca.gov. When your form is received, you will be registered and activated to receive and send BNT e-mails. You will receive an informational e-mail from CSMT confirming receipt of your application and general information on how to use this service.

What are the guidelines?

We hold members to a high standard of professional integrity. Please do not pass on jokes, clever Web sites, or information that does not pertain to the work we do in support of students who have vision impairments. If guidelines are not followed, the person violating this standard will be contacted and reminded to stay on course. If violations are repeated, access to the list service will be temporarily blocked or terminated. It is forbidden to sell products or post resumes. Posting of available employment opportunities for districts or agencies is permitted.

How can I tell, with so many e-mails daily, what I should open?
  
We ask all members to add a pertinent word or phrase in the subject line of the e-mail. Examples of subject line phrases; need large print; or CCTV question; or link retinal  disease. Members can choose to read the e-mail or delete it based on the subject. 

Access to Curriculum

How is Access to Curriculum different from Braille-N-Teach?

Access to Curriculum (ACLS) covers the whole range of students who are served with impairments or learning disabilities. The list of specialists is more inclusive of professionals who work with a wide range of disabilities and therefore can focus on the big picture of special education, as well as honing down to the special needs of a select few in a special-day focused classroom. The concept is the same as BNT; providing an opportunity to exchange ideas, loan and borrow instructional materials, and discuss issues that arise in a specialty area. Information could include best practices, sharing research articles, directing others to important Web sites, and brainstorming when a new idea is brought forward.

Which education professionals are members of ACLS?

Anyone in the school setting, or working with students enrolled in California are potential members of ACLS. The goal is to network professionals and paraprofessionals to support the learning of students with special needs. The range of educators who work to provide independence for individuals with physical impairments, those who work alongside students in classrooms, the district or county staff who support programs in the schools, as well as itinerant workers who float between sites covering the needs of their caseload all contribute to the ACLS membership.

What are the guidelines for ACLS?

We hold members to a high standard of professional integrity. Please do not pass on jokes, clever Web sites, or information that does not pertain to the work we do in support of students who have vision impairments. If guidelines are not followed, the person violating this standard will be contacted and reminded to stay on course. If violations are repeated, access to the list service will be temporarily blocked or terminated. It is forbidden to sell products or post resumes. Posting of available employment opportunities for districts or agencies is permitted.

Note: same wording as guidelines for BNT

How do I sign up for ACLS?

Send an e-mail to Jonn Paris-Salb at jparissalb@cde.ca.gov with your full name and the name of your school/organization. Jonn will then send information on how to post to the list service and you then will begin to receive all e-mails. To reply to an e-mail you can select reply to all, or you can identify individuals to respond to.

Last Reviewed: Friday, April 11, 2014

 
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