[NFB-Braille-Discussion] Braille transcribers and perkins braillers

rbacchus228 at gmail.com rbacchus228 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 16:22:20 UTC 2019

Hi Josh thanks for your message. It is possible for a totally blind person to become a certified braille transcriber. You must submit an enrollment application through the National Library Service For The Blind and Print Disabled. You must state whether or not you are a braille user. After your appication has been received, you will receive your Instructor's manual from the National Federation Of The Blind. Please be advised that this course consists of twenty lessons. Each lesson contains a set of practice exercises that must be mailed to the Nfb headquarters. I would also advise you to read the Instructor's manual carefully before you begin this course.

I began taking this course in the Summer of 2017, but Nls had to bid on a new contract with the Nfb, so I could not continue the program until last year. You must supply your own Perkins braille writer and paper to complete this course. Please note that each written exercise must be properly centered according to the Instructor's manual. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions. My email address is r bacchus 228 at gmail dot com. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.


Roanna Bacchus   

On Dec 17, 2019 8:20 AM, Josh Kennedy via NFB-Braille-Discussion <nfb-braille-discussion at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi, 
> Correct me if I am wrong, but when you take the transcriber certification course, you have to write a 35-page manuscript using a perkins brailler or a slate. So I am guessing that braille transcribers still use perkins braillers for some stuff? 
> My next question is do you have to be a sighted person in order to be a braille transcriber? Or can totally blind people also be braille transcribers for certain material these days and either have their own transcribing business, or work for a company transcribing materials? 
> Josh 
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