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Free Instruction for Minnesota Residents Learning Braille Transcribing at Home

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Volunteer Braille Services

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  • 57 people are interested




Hoping to find a purpose or something meaningful you can do at home? Interested in making a difference in the lives of children and adults in our Minnesota communities who love reading and learning as much as you? Looking for a worthwhile addition to your list of professional skills and abilities? -or just hoping to give something back to your community? -or maybe you just have a desire for learning a unique new skill but your schedule or distance makes it difficult to attend an evening class?

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 national 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.
We provide two ways that volunteers may become involved. We present the full Library of Congress Literary Braille Certification course in a classroom located in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
We also provide the same education and formal training as an online extension class using email and other direct one-on-one communication for people who are not able to attend the weekly classroom sessions.
Either class is facilitated by certified instructors who specialize in Unified English Braille transcribing. Our instructors will guide you toward certification in Literary Braille Transcribing. Certification is a symbol recognized worldwide and qualifies you to transcribe general reading materials into braille.

To learn the rules of Unified English Braille, either through the email extension course or through our in-house classroom, we combine 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.

... When training is completed 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 or throughout the US.

The need for qualified volunteer or professional 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.

  • Information about the course can be obtained through email or by calling:
    Volunteer Braille Services (763) 544-2880
    You may also contact the instructor, Dan Gergen: braille2dgergen@gmail.com
  • There is no cost or obligation.

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About Volunteer Braille Services


1710 Douglas Dr No, Golden Valley, MN 55422, US

Mission Statement

The mission of VBS is to train and support Volunteer Braille Transcribers, to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of their braille transcriptions through continuing education, and to provide transcribed materials for braille readers.


Volunteer Braille Services was incorporated in 1968 for the purpose of training sighted volunteers to transcribe print into braille. We are a chartered non-profit 501c3 organization in the state of Minnesota.

We provide training to sighted volunteers that involves lessons and exercises leading to a certification from the Library of Congress for transcribing print to braille for people who read by touch. Training is free of charge and all materials are provided. Most braille in use today is transcribed by certified volunteer transcribers.

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 diploma or equivalent, and US Citizen or legal resident.

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