Braille Transcribing On Your Computer - Free Virtual Classes

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Volunteer Braille Services

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  • 30 people are interested


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LIVE OR WORK IN MINNESOTA, please read on.

Hoping to find a purpose or something meaningful to do in your spare time at home? Interested in making a difference in the lives of children and adults in our state who love reading as much as you? Looking for a worthwhile addition to your list of skills and abilities? -or just hoping to give something back to your community?

Share your gift of sight and help contribute to the literacy of people in your community who read by touch. Since 1968, Volunteer Braille Services has been training volunteers in transcribing print-to-braille, You can learn a unique professional skill and use your home computer to transcribe reading material for the blind into braille
  • Training is free and leads to a certification from the US Library of Congress in Literary Braille Transcribing.
  • Certified Braillists use state-of-the-art braille translation software that we provide in order to produce braille on home computers or laptops.
  • We only ask that you use these skills to transcribe print materials into braille for our agency.
To learn the rules of Unified English Braille, either through email or virtual classroom or our in-house classroom, training combines self-study with one-on-one mentoring and direction. Students study at their own pace and complete exercises at home using training materials and braille editing software we provide at no cost. You will learn to read braille dots accurately by sight. You will not need to read braille by touch. Exercises and tests are submitted through email.

Instructors and other certified braillists will guide you in learning this unique professional skill.
... When training is completed and submitting a successful trial manuscript, you will be awarded a certification in literary braille transcribing from the Library of Congress which qualifies you to transcribe books, periodicals, recipes, menus, and many other print documents into braille.
... Our transcribers produce braille on home computers and e-mail their braille files to our non-profit agency for embossing.
... Volumes of embossed braille we produce are sent to braille users in your community and throughout the state.

The need for qualified volunteer braillists is growing. Computers cannot do the work alone and quality braille can only be achieved by qualified certified braillists

Blind children who are mainstreamed in their schools must have their textbooks transcribed in braille. Blind adults, who are entering professional fields in greater numbers than ever, need math and science textbooks and other manuals in braille.

  • Training through our agency is currently only open to MINNESOTA residents.
    "Class" size is limited. Information can be obtained through email or by calling:
    Volunteer Braille Services (763) 544-2880
    You may also contact the instructor, Dan Gergen:

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Computers & Technology Education & Literacy People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Special Needs
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Braille
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 to 20 hours of homework needed for each lesson.
  • High school graduate and US Citizen & Minnesota resident

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