Free Classes Learning Braille Transcribing On Your Home Computer


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Tue Sep 20, 2016 06:30 PM - Tue Apr 04, 2017 08:30 PM


1710 Douglas Dr N #102Golden Valley, MN 55422

THE WORLD OF BRAILLE: Six tiny dots, ingeniously arranged 63 different ways by a 15-year-old boy nearly 200 years ago, have brought literacy to thousands of people with visual disabilities worldwide. Many sighted adults and children also recognize Louis Braille's alphabet of raised dots, although few of them have any idea how to read it.


Retired or hoping to find 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. 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 won't need to read braille by touch.)

Instructors and other certified braillists will guide you in learning this very unique 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, and also throughout the US.

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. We have been providing this service and training since 1968.

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

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Volunteer Braille Services
Location: 1710 Douglas Dr No.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Phone: (763) 544-2880


Good Match For

People 55+

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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