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Our mission is to provide Braille materials to those who need them. In the early 1950, so many babies were born blind because of Retinopathy of Prematurity, formerly known as Retrolental Fibroplasia (RLF). As they were ready to enter school, the Superintendent of Schools in Santa Clara County asked Sylvia Cassell, PTA Sixth District President to form a project to braille books for these children. Thus, the project under PTA auspices was founded. As these children grew, went to college and found employment, a great need for manuals and professional material was needed. Brailled material such as the Bible in original Greek form or astrophysics was being requested by blind students. Thus, after 35 years the Project outgrew the school age requirements of the PTA. Assistance was given by the PTA to help the Project to become an independent entity that would better serve the whole community.
The Braille Transcription Project of Santa Clara County provides Braille, free of charge, to blind students attending regular public schools in Santa Clara County and to blind professionals. We provides Braille textbooks outside the county on a cost-only basis. We transcribe English, math, algebra, geometry and biology textbooks and workbooks. The Project maintains a Braille fiction and non-fiction library for the blind population at large for free. Besides the textbooks and the library, the Braille Project also does calendars, greeting cards, playing cards, menus, knitting/crochet instructions, bus schedules, and any other personal braille requests. We teach braille to the sighted as well as the blind. A Parent who wants to help their child with schoolwork or a person who wishes to volunteer are all taught free of charge.
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