Braille Transcription

Written by Amy Hall
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Braille transcription involves the transformation of spoken language into braille's methods of communication, by effecting an intricately structured conversion. This system adheres to complex rules based on many codes. Thus, a braille transcriptionist, in order to produce comprehensive and effective documents, must be a highly skilled individual. Transcription is just one aspect of the many professional braille services available. Braille transcription converts more than just the printed word. It can also communicate custom notes about graphics, maps, and more.

Demands of Braille Transcription

Projects involving musical, mathematical, and literary braille transcription, for example, require even more specialized training. Many companies which handle transcription projects require that their transcribers follow braille code specifications as set forth by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA).

Depending on the scope, transcription projects can take anywhere from a few days to a month or longer to complete. The more technical and complex the document is, the longer it usually takes to complete. Furthermore, complex documents that need to be proofread more than once, as well as translated from another language, require much more time to complete.

There is practically nothing that cannot be transcribed into a braille document. All formats of documents are able to be transcribed, including electronic formats. Today, with the most recent requirements, braille can be found nearly everywhere. Thanks to skilled and professional braille transcription, accessibility for the print-disabled continues to improve.


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