Make a difference – become a Red Cross Braille transcriber

Americas, August 15 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ: The American Red Cross New Jersey Region Jane Bente Braille Center is currently seeking volunteer Braille transcribers and is offering a free training course this September.

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Braille transcription. Photo marcokalmann/flickr

The Jane Bente Braille Center, established after World War I to help soldiers blinded by mustard gas, is one of the largest volunteer run Braille production centers. Each year, Red Cross volunteers create more than 1,300,000 pages of academic materials and more than 3,000 textbooks in Braille. These are distributed throughout the United States and foreign countries to help empower visually impaired children to study in mainstream schools instead of in specialized environments.

“Becoming a volunteer Braille transcriber is a great opportunity for recent college graduates, retirees and others interested in making an impact on the lives of children with vision disabilities in New Jersey and across the country,” said Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

The Red Cross 20-week training course involves a two-hour class and twelve hours of homework weekly. There is no charge for the training and all materials and equipment are supplied by the Red Cross. After completing the course, participants prepare a trial manuscript for submission to the Library of Congress for certification. Upon certification, volunteers can transcribe textbooks at home.

The training course will be offered at the Red Cross, located at 209 Fairfield Road in Fairfield beginning Tuesday, September 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register for the training, contact Barbara Pietruszewski at (973) 797-3337 or Barbara.Pietruszewski@redcross.org.

For more information, please visit redcross.orgredcross.org/NJ

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