NEMETH BRAILLE CODE
By: Carmen Willings
October 28, 2017
The Nemeth Code for math and science notation was developed by Abraham Nemeth in order to transcribe the symbols. The code uses the same braille symbols used in literary braille but with different rules. It is important for Nemeth Code to be written without flaws as the student cannot use contextual clues to determine if there was an error as they can when reading literary braille. It is essential for classroom math teachers and the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) to communicate and collaborate in order to prepare for upcoming instructional units to prepare the student for upcoming symbols and formats they will encounter. For this reason, it is important for the TVI to have a good understanding of the Nemeth Code when they have a student on their caseload that requires the use of Nemeth.
Teachers may need to refresh their skills as they can go years without working with a student who needs instruction in or the use of the Nemeth Code. Itinerant caseloads can change without warning so it is important to have sources of information and brush up on your skills periodically as you never know when a student may be added to your caseload that may require Nemeth instruction. Although I have yet to serve a student on my caseload that is on grade level and braille primary, I have worked with braille primary students who need basic instruction in the Nemeth code but due to cognitive delays are significantly below grade level. In these instances, I have found the Nemeth Code Reference sheet from APH to be very helpful in re-learning or brushing up on the Nemeth Code. It is also helpful to obtain a math textbook in order to see how problems are correctly set up. This will allow you to learn the accurate way to write the problems and therefore follow the pattern when creating additional problems.
Nemeth Code Instruction Books
Nemeth Code Reference Sheet I love this easy to use reference sheet! It shows symbols in use including numbers, omissions, comparisons, operations, money, geometry, fractions and other related symbols.
Learning the Nemeth Braille Code
This manual, available from APH is a great tool for learning how to produce Nemeth.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) provides Nemeth Code Reference Sheets designed to familiarize you with the proper Nemeth code for the common symbols found in Alegebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Set Notation.
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TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC: An Activities Based Curriculum for Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Written specifically for fellow itinerant Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI’s), this book consists of over 400 activities and topic areas of discussion for instructing students in the Expanded Core Curriculum. The activities are age-neutral and multi-sensory and therefore can meet the needs of the broad range of students served on an itinerant caseload serving. The activities can be individualized to the students various learning modalities and scaffold in order to challenge students but ensure success. Select those activities that align with the student’s learning objects based on the student’s unique visual needs and academic and developmental level.
The core activities listed in the Activity section can be adapted to each thematic unit. These include:
In addition to the core activity areas, each of the 32 Thematic Units incorporates additional unique ECC concepts and skills providing you with a years’ worth of activities. These units are cyclical and can be used repeatedly to help students build on prior knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of concepts. Each unit includes suggestions for activity adaptation associated with the unit. These include lists of objects, possible community based experiences, environmental print, poems, children & young reader books, children's songs, pop culture songs, movies, and websites.
Unique Concepts within the Units include:
Although the intended audience of this resource is fellow Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, special education teachers may find these activities beneficial to the students in their classrooms as the activities are multisensory and include life skills and concepts needed by all students. This resource, however, is not intended to take the place of a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Readers are advised to consult their own TVI’s regarding instruction in the ECC and the unique visual needs of the student’s served in their programs.
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Digital pdf download: 364 pages (11 pt font)
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings