Braille Monitor                                                 April 2011

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Trisha Tatam checks the status of a student in the Braille certification data base.

The Education Department of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute is in its fifth year of working under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress to administer the courses leading to certification for Braille transcribers and proofreaders.  In this past year alone its contractors graded some 5,000 course lessons and approximately 400 certification tests. As of this writing Jennifer Dunnam, manager of Braille services, has forwarded to the Library of Congress the names of 975 individuals who have earned certification as transcribers or proofreaders of literary, Nemeth, or music Braille.

Jennifer manages the program from her office in Minneapolis, where she serves as president of the NFB of Minnesota. Trisha Tatam is Jennifer’s assistant, and Steven Booth has a number of responsibilities in addition to his work with the Braille Certification Training Program, in which he and a group of subcontractors around the country grade lessons.

Steven Booth grades a hard-copy Braille certification lesson and writes his report using the refreshable Braille display and JAWS on his computer.

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