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Braille Transcriber

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      As a Braille transcriber, you will transcribe print materials into Braille using a Braille transcription program on a computer.   This volunteering task provides critical job-related and educational materials to blind and visually impaired Iowans. 

      What We Provide

      • All equipment and supplies are provided, but you can use your own computer for the correspondence course
      • Training provided at no cost

      What You Will Gain

      • By performing the the Braille transcription tasks, you will learn Braille
      • The enjoyment of working independently, in your own home, on your own schedule
      • New knowledge through exposure to variety of ideas and disciplines
      • Satisfaction knowing your skill helps those not able to use print
      Skills We are Looking For
      • Dependability
      • Attention to detail
      • Ability to meet deadlines
      • Acceptance of varied assignments and constructive advice
      • Willingness to make a long-term commitment
      Required Transcription Training

      We request that all Braille transcribers complete a Braille transcription correspondence course:

      • Sponsored by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS); administered by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
      • Average training period – 1 year
      • IDB Mentor grades lessons, provides assistance
      • Literary Certification awarded with successful completion of course
      • Additional training and certifications in math or music available

      For information, contact Roxanne Hensley:
      515-281-1304 or 800-362-2587
      roxanne.hensley@blind.state.ia.us