National Braille Press is excited to announce a 27-week training program, beginning October 28th, 2015, which will prepare students for certification in Unified English Braille (UEB) transcription from the Library of Congress.
To transcribe printed material into braille;
To read braille;
How tactile graphics are created.
This is a perfect career opportunity for people who (1) love reading and books, (2) enjoy learning new computer codes and (3) care about making a living while making a difference. If you enjoy crossword puzzles, word games, playing an instrument, or even writing codes like HTML, you probably have the innate ability to become an excellent transcriber.
Our best transcribers are: organized and self-supervising; attentive to detail; driven to use computer technology efficiently; fast learners and open to feedback; and eager to get the job done.
Classes will be held Wednesday evenings, beginning on October 28, 2015, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at National Braille Press. The cost of the 27-week program is $350.
This course will be team taught by a group of experienced professionals in transcription and proofreading, who, through their work at National Braille Press, promote literacy in all forms of braille production.
Start a new career and become a provider of braille materials for the blind! Space is limited, so contact us soon!
Please email Jackie Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also register by phone at 617.266.6160 ext. 442.
National Braille Press is situated on a lovely tree-lined street near Symphony Hall., at 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115 (close to Massachusetts Ave on the Orange Line, and Symphony Hall/Northeastern on the Green Line). Limited parking is available on site. See directions here.
In the event of inclement weather, NBP will publicize its intent to cancel class via email by 2:00p.m. that afternoon. If Northeastern University has cancelled its classes, National Braille Press will be closed.
The 27-week course costs $350, payable to National Braille Press. Only $200 is due the first day of class, and the additional $150 will be due in two increments of $75, on 2/3/16 and 3/28/16. You may also elect to pay the full amount on the first day of class. Major credit cards and check accepted.
Students who withdraw the first week: 100% refund
Students who withdraw within the first four weeks (on or before November 25, 2015): 50% refund (of the full course amount: $175).
Withdrawals must be discussed with Jackie Sheridan.
- How much money can I earn as a transcriber?
It varies depending on how prompt and accurate you are and how many hours you work (full- or part-time). An average transcriber earns $40,000, but we have experienced transcribers who earn upwards of $70,000 annually.
- Will NBP hire me after I complete the course?
We do not guarantee employment to graduates of the course, although we anticipate hiring top graduates. It very much depends on what our in-house and subcontract work needs are at graduation time, as well as the quality of the graduates. However, we will work with every graduate to identify the many organizations across the country hiring both full-time and part-time transcribers.
- Do I have to work full-time as a transcriber, or can I work part-time?
There are many options for a braille transcriber. We prefer that our in- house transcribers work full-time. Home transcribers (independent contractors) set their own hours, and are paid based on the number of pages transcribed.
- Do I have to know any computer programs to work as a transcriber?
You need to be proficient in Word. To excel as a transcriber, you will need to become proficient in other types of software such as braille translation software, Adobe, scanning software, Excel, file conversion software, etc. NOTE: You will need access to Windows in order to utilize the translation software required for this course.
- What, exactly, will I learn in the Braille Transcriber Course?
This course is designed to teach the rules for using contracted braille in the preparation of braille documents. Also included is an introduction to advanced braille codes, tactile graphics, and technology for producing braille. Students will gain experience with reading and writing braille. The focus of the course is the completion of Lessons 1-20 of the Instruction Manual for Braille Transcription. As part of the certification process, students are required to first successfully complete a braille reading exercise, and then follow with a submission of a trial manuscript.
- What does it mean to be certified by NLS?
NLS stands for National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is a branch of the Library of Congress. This branch grants certification to braille transcribers through an exam process. Certification from NLS is the standard requirement for braille transcribers in the US, although you can work as a transcriber while working toward your certification. With certification, you can market your skills to any braille organization, of which there are many across the country. This course will help prepare you to take the exam, but we do not offer certification; only NLS can bestow that honor.
- How many braille codes are there?
The standard braille code used by most people in this country is Unified English Braille, which is what our course teaches. There is a separate code for math and science, as well as codes for music and chemistry. There are also very specific guidelines in braille for formatting, flow charts, and tactile graphics.
- What are tactile graphics?
Tactile graphics are raised line drawings of pictures, graphs, diagrams, etc. Skilled transcribers who wish to become tactilists need additional training, which we hope to provide in the near future.
- How much of a time commitment is the Braille Transcriber Course?
Two hours a week of in-class time, and roughly 5-10 hours of homework per week.
- What do I need to bring to class?
We will provide you with books, which should be brought to every class. You will also need a computer running Windows to access the software used for braille translation. You will not be required to bring a computer to class, but you might find it beneficial.
- What about braille proofreading?
This course is open to all, including those interested in braille proofreading following the completion of the transcription course!