Write...Read...Transcribe.


A while ago I got the bright idea to volunteer with the American Red Cross by learning how to transcribe textbooks for children into braille. This required me to take a 5 month course and get certified by the Library of Congress as an official transcriber. For me it just seemed cool to learn another form of the written word, as Louis Braille said “Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power.” Learning to transcribe braille had the added benefit of providing the textbooks for children to learn and read. I enjoy reading so much why wouldn’t I want to bring that to others.

So I started my journey to learn how to transcribe braille and boy was it frustrating. There were moments when I wanted to throw my Perkins Brailler out the window, instead I chose to simply walk away from it (and glare at it from a distance). My sister soon learned not to talk to me while I was brailling. If she caused me to mess up my angry glares would be directed at her. However when I completed a page of braille, and then several pages, and finally a whole manuscript, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Now that I have passed the hard part, working on transcribing textbooks is actually fun. I no longer glare at my Perkins Brailler (mainly because I upgraded to a computer program). I also have newfound respect for those who use their fingertips to read braille.


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