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Braille Transcription and Proofreading Courses

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:
Jennifer Dunnam
Manager of Braille Programs, Jernigan Institute
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (612) 767-5658
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

General Information about Braille

Braille Alphabet Card: Provides a brief explanation of the braille reading and writing system and contains a tactile representation of the braille alphabet.

Fun with Braille introduces children to braille in a printable four-page activity booklet. 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): Provides a list of the most common new UEB symbols arranged by category in an ASCII text file that represent finished braille pages.

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.

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.

Find a Transcriber: This reference circular, Directory of Producers of Accessible Reading Materials, 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.  The NLS Music section also has materials and information about Braille Music Transcription and Music Braille Code.

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

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