Information for Prospective Braille Transcribers
The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (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:
General Information about Braille
Braille Alphabet Card: A brief explanation of the braille reading and writing system that contains a tactile representation of the braille alphabet.
Fun with Braille: A printable four-page activity booklet that introduces children to braille. Three sheets with activities include coloring and word matching games using simulated braille. The fourth sheet contains basic information about NLS. Printable PDF available for download.
Frequently Used UEB Symbols (BRF file): A list of UEB symbols arranged by category in an ASCII text file that represent finished braille pages.
Facts: About Braille: A detailed description of braille, its history, the structure of the braille alphabet, and information on how braille is produced.
Braille Literacy: Resources for Instruction, Writing Equipment, and Supplies: A resource by the NLS Information Services Section for sighted individuals interested in learning braille or transcribing print materials into braille and for persons with visual impairments interested in learning to read and write braille. Includes information on sources of braille code books, braille translation software, and other resources to assist with the production of braille.
Directory of Producers of Accessible Reading Materials: This resource lists volunteer groups, individual transcribers, and nonprofit and commercial organizations who produce braille, recorded, and large-print material for readers with visual, physical, and print disabilities.
Print and embossed copies of these resources are also made available by using the order form for general information about braille.