Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

The VI Consortium is pleased to announce that the Virginia Department of Education has funded a grant to provide summer training in literary and technical Unified English Braille!

Dates: August 8 and 9, 2016
Time: doors open at 8:00am each day, sessions begin at 9:00am and conclude at 4:00pm
Locations: Multiple sites are available around Virginia.  Participants register to attend at the location of their choosing.  Each site will be connected to Mason via video conference for real-time instruction. 

Location Choices:

  • Fairfax: George Mason University
  • Richmond: LRC
  • VA Beach/Norfolk: Old Dominion University
  • Roanoke area, New River Valley and Southwest VA: Radford U
  • Harrisonburg: James Madison University
  • Only open to VSDB staff: Staunton, VA VSDB campus

Who may attend?

  • Virginia residents/professionals who:
    • Are teachers of students who are blind/visually impaired
    • Current VI Consortium students who have at least taken Braille Code
    • Transcribers
    • Para-professionals who know braille code
    • DBVI personnel
  • This session will provide an update to the changes in braille code.  Therefore, participants must be knowledgeable of contracted braille code


  • August 8: UEB changes to braille code
  • August 9: UEB technical information (for STEM content) and use of the Nemeth Code Changer  

All participants must register by July 10, 2016 at:

More information, please contact Kim Avila at