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Seeking Advice & Info From An Experienced Braille Proofreader

Hello,

If there is anyone on this list who is currently employed, or contracted as a Braille Proofreader, I would like to talk with you. I am considering training and certification, but before doing so, I wish to discuss some concerns I have in pursuing this path, particularly as a reader who learned braille later in life.

Please feel free to contact me off list at,
jdlewis59@verizon.net
And, we can set up a convenient time for us to talk. I only need about 10 to 15 minutes of your time. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks so much!

John

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Re: Seeking Advice & Info From An Experienced Braille Proofreader



Hello Joe,

You know, everything you outlined about today's landscape in terms of braille proofreading makes perfect sense. With today's technologies, one may think, the need for a brialle proofreader is going by the wayside. However, this doesn't seem to be the case, according to the latest issue of Talking Book Topics/May-June 2013 issue. If you download this edition of TBT and read the News section at the very end of the publication, 2 leaders from the National Braille Press emphasize, "areal shortage and thus, a huge demand for braille proofreaders. It seems to be the case with Clovernook as well. I confirmed the report with Jackie Sheridan, of NBP, but Clovernook has yet to get back to me. The problem isn't getting enough applicants, but rather candidates who can pass the braille proffreading tests. NLS stated they would be willing to accelerate trainees through the 9 month certification course because proofreaders are needed so urgently. I encourage you to read TBT article and let me know what you think - perhaps I'm missing something here?

In regard to the type of braille proofreading I'd be interested in - I only read standard literary braille. I do not read nemeth code, music, etc. As I stated, I began learning braille at age 37 and it's been a very slow progression ever since. I am a decent reader and I feel I may be within striking distance of becoming a satisfactory braille reader. Hopefully, it would be enough to be considered as a braille proofreader candidate from either of the 2 organizations I mentioned. However, before I would embark on any extensive training/certification program, I want to confirm earnings potential, work availability, speed VS efficiency and much, much more. I believe, the only way to accomplish this is by talking with those who are having success in this arena.

Yes, I am a mentor and mentee within Career Connect and I am sure there must be someone in the database who can help me. I may try this route. The only drawback I've discovered in using the CC database is, (my own experiences), the lack of responses, even if you cast a wide net, i.e., inquire to 10 to 15 mentors. I often need to turn to you, or another to get more updated info, or help in finding individuals who are still available to talk. Any advice in this arena.

So, if anyone in this list is conducting braille proofreading, or if you know of anyone actually employed in this field, contact me direct at,
jdlewis59@verizon.net

Thank you for your reply Joe. I truly look forward to any other suggestions, or others who may be able to help.

John


Re: Seeking Advice & Info From An Experienced Braille Proofreader



I don't know of any braille proofreaders, unless you are speaking about braille transcriptionist. These positions are becoming less common, but they still exist. The use of electronic software has reduced the number of these jobs. The proofreading of braille is still necessary, but most are generating it, formatting it, proofing it, and then correcting the issues.

What type of work are you thinking? There are many persons doing this on contract basis for schools, and some fulltime positions. Many have built expertise in tactile graphics, math, science, and other areas as well. There are many aspects to consider as well.

There are individuals who deal with businesses on coverting files, menus, and documents into braille.

Also, the impact of the accessibility of digital solutions has been changing factor. It isn't eliminating braille obviously, but the move has also reduced it.

Just some things to think about during your exploration.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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