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OAKS Online Braille Interface Training for Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Test Administrators
In addition to Test Administration and Security Training, any individual administering OAKS Online through the Braille interface is required to participate in the ODE-provided OAKS Online Braille Interface Training.

The OAKS Online Braille Interface Training will prepare Teachers of the Visually Impaired to set up and administer OAKS Online using the Braille interface and supporting Braille technologies (JAWS 12 or 13 Screen Reader, Duxbury Braille translation software, refreshable Braille display and embosser).

In partnership with the Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund and NWRESD, ODE will provide six on-site trainings for the 2012-13 school year:
- January 7, 2013 - Columbia Regional 8:30-12:30
- January 8, 2013 - NWRESD/Eastern 8:30-12:30
- January 9, 2013 - Lane 12:30-4:30
- January 11, 2013 - WESD/Cascade 12:30-4:30
- January 15, 2013 - Southern 8:30-12:30
- January 17, 2013 - Central 8:30-12:30

If your district serves students who will test using the Braille Interface of OAKS Online and plans to begin testing prior to January 7, please contact Scott McCallum at Northwest Regional ESD (503.614.1260 or smccallum@nwresd.k12.or.us eMail) to arrange an alternative training session for the teacher of the visually impaired that serves your district.

WebEx: Braille Interface of OAKS Online
A WebEx conference was held on August 17, 2011 from 1-2pm for all District Special Education Directors, District Test Coordinators, and Network Administrators within districts serving students who use Braille. This conference covered the purpose behind the development of the new Braille interface of OAKS Online and provided specific information pertinent to districts including: how OAKS Online will be administered to students using Braille, the distribution of supporting Braille technologies to districts serving students who use Braille, system requirements, resources, and upcoming trainings for all Teachers of the Visually Impaired.


Parent Brochure
ODE has designed this parent brochure to help communicate with parents about the new Braille interface available for students who use Braille. The brochure is available in both color and black-and-white format.

Related Pages
  • Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund  External Link  
    The Blind and Visually Impaired Student fund (BVIS) was created by the Oregon legislature when it closed the Oregon School for the Blind (OSB) September 1, 2009. It provides services for those former OSB students and continues the mission to service students who are visually impaired in the state.

  • District Test Coordinators
    This site contains information that District Test Coordinators will find useful in understanding their role in facilitating valid and reliable state assessments.

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