Red Cross Offers Braille Transcription Class

Photo credit: Mario Sanchez Bueno

FAIRFIELD–The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey will offer a class for volunteer Braille transcribers beginning next month.

The class will be held in two locations. The first location begins Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Northern New Jersey Chapter headquarters located at 209 Fairfield Road in Fairfield, home to the world’s largest remaining volunteer Braille production center. The second location for the class will be in North Haledon and begins on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m.


The course, which lasts approximately twenty weeks, includes a two-hour class and about 12 hours of homework weekly. There is no charge for the training, and all materials and equipment will be supplied by the Red Cross. After completing the course, participants prepare a trial manuscript for submission to the Red Cross for certification.

Upon certification, the transcriber will be ready to prepare Braille textbooks for blind children in New Jersey schools and throughout the country and the world. These books allow blind children to be mainstreamed instead of having specialized schooling. And, transcribers can make a difference in the lives of blind children on their own schedule and from the comfort of their own homes, without travel and high gas prices.

For more information, call Nancy Jost at the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey at 1-973-797-3359.

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