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General Information

Braille Alphabet Card:
provides a brief explanation of the braille reading and writing system and contains a tactile representation of the braille alphabet.
Braille Alphabet Card
Facts: About Braille:
includes a more detailed description of braille, its history, the structure of the braille alphabet, and information on how braille is produced.
Facts: About Braille
Braille Literacy: Resources for Instruction, Writing Equipment, and Supplies:
a reference circular compiled by the NLS Reference Section. The resources listed are intended to assist sighted individuals who are interested in learning braille or want to transcribe print materials into braille, instructors who teach braille, persons with visual impairments who are interested in learning to read and write braille, and family members, friends, and professionals who desire information about braille literacy. This document also includes information on sources of braille code books, braille translation software, and other resources to assist with the production of braille.
Braille Literacy circular
Find a Transcriber:
This reference circular, Sources of Custom-produced Books: Braille, Audio Recordings, and Large Print, lists volunteer groups, individual transcribers, and nonprofit and commercial organizations who produce braille, recorded, and large-print material for readers who are visually and physically handicapped.
Find a transcriber

Print and embossed copies are also available. Order form for general information about Braille

Information for Prospective Braille Transcribers

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress has awarded a contract to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to conduct NLS braille certification programs. The Librarian of Congress and the NLS director will continue to authorize and issue certifications for braille transcribers and proofreaders.

All inquiries related to the literary, mathematics, and music transcribing and proofreading courses should be addressed to:
Jennifer Dunnam
Manager of Braille Programs, Jernigan Institute
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (612) 767-5658
E-mail: transcribers@nfb.org
Web site: www.nfb.org/transcribers

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Posted on 2010-08-25