Braille Services

Braille Services

Providing transcription services since 1996, the Braille Services Team is a collaborative partnership between the Washington State School for the Blind/Ogden Resource Center, Correctional Industries and the Washington Corrections Center for Women. The program is designed to help address a national shortage of braille materials, and provide educational and job training opportunities for inmates.

Offender Transcribers
Inmate Transcribers

Inmates selected for the Braille Services Team are hired through an evaluation process based upon their behavior, computer knowledge and education. Every transcriptionist truly cares about the quality of their work. They demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and genuine respect for each other and the population they serve. They find this to be a meaningful way to give back to the community. "I wanted to do a service that would help someone. I want to pursue a career in transcribing when I'm released."

Transcription Work

The Braille Services Team offers affordable certified translation in literary, science, mathematics, foreign languages and music. For solutions geared to your market, refer to this sampling of types of transcription work provided:

Offender Transcribers
  • Non-Profit Organizations:
    Brochures, forms and newsletters.
  • Government Agencies:
    Documents, letters, forms, voter pamphlets, business cards, court hearings and transit schedules.
  • Health Care Industry:
    Documents and forms.
  • K-12 and Higher Education:
    Textbooks, study guides, workbooks, tests, music and assessment exams.
  • Businesses:
    Directories,ADA compliant signs, technical manuals, catalogs, restaurant menus, insurance forms and legal contracts.

Braille Material Requests

Submit all requests for braille services to the Ogden Resource Center (ORC). A quote will be sent directly to the requestor. The Braille Services Team members at the ORC develop a time line for completion of the project and assign the project to the transcriptionists. Women inmate transcriptionists certified by Washington State and the National Library Service (NLS) produce the braille text using computers and create hand-crafted tactile graphics as needed. The transcriptionists are also provided specific instructions regarding the formatting of each document. Their completed work is shipped to the ORC where it is proofread by NLS Certified proofreaders and the final document is produced and shipped to the customer. The ORC retains file copies for future production as requested. The Braille Services Team manages large and technical transcription projects, and specializes in tactile graphics including pictures, graphs and maps.