Braille Transcribing On Your Computer - Free Classes


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1710 Douglas Dr N #102Golden ValleyMinneapolis, MN 55422


Offices: 763-544-2880

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 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.

To learn the rules of Unified English Braille, classes meet once a week in the evening and last 2 hours. Students complete weekly exercises at home using training materials and braille translation 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.

Instructors and other certified braillists will guide you in learning this unique professional skill.

... After 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 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.

An informational meeting will be held for all interested volunteers to hear more and ask questions.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Volunteer Braille Services
Location: 1710 Douglas Dr No.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Phone: (763) 544-2880


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

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 to 20 hours of homework per week for 20 weeks.
  • High school graduate and US Citizen

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