Mathematics Braille (Nemeth Code) Transcribing

Course Information

Course Overview
Eligibility requirements
Prerequisite
Equipment required
How the course works
Certification Test
How to enroll
Instructional Manuals
Contact for more information 

Course Overview

Under a contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS), the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute offers a course in mathematics (Nemeth Code) braille transcribing to teach students to transcribe print mathematics and science materials into braille. Students receive a Library of Congress certificate in mathematics braille transcribing upon successful completion of the course. There is no tuition charge. Necessary instruction materials are provided free of charge by the NFB Jernigan Institute. They include An Introduction to Braille Mathematics (and errata), and The Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision. Students who withdraw from the course are required to return these materials.    

Eligibility requirements

  • United States citizenship or residency
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Knowledgeable in recommended braille formats for textbooks and technical materials

Prerequisite

  • Library of Congress certification in literary braille transcribing for a minimum of six months

Equipment required 

A 40-cell slate, a braillewriter or a computer using direct input or software program.

Some sources of slates and braillewriters include:

National Federation of the Blind, Independence Market 
200 East Wells Street
      at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230 

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Howe Press
Watertown, MA 02472
 

Braille paper (11 x 11' inches) is required. Some sources are:

National Federation of the Blind, Independence Market 
200 East Wells Street
     at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Howe Press
Watertown, MA 02472

Star Continuous Cards
32 Bacton Hill Road
Frazer, PA 19355-1026

How the course works

Instructional manuals will be sent directly from the NFB Jernigan Institute. They include An Introduction to Braille Mathematics (and errata) and The Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision. Students who withdraw from the course are required to return these materials. There are three ways to receive instruction:

Local Classes

In some areas local braille transcribing groups include mathematics braille code transcribers who have been certified by the Library of Congress. Classes taught by certified transcribers are one way to receive instruction. For information about local groups that sponsor braille classes, consult Sources of Custom-Produced books, or call the National Library Service at (800) 424-8567.

Local Instructors

In cases where there are not enough students to form a class, a transcriber certified for mathematics braille may be able to instruct a single student.

Correspondence

Students unable to find a local class or instructor may take the course by correspondence with the NFB Jernigan Institute. A local instructor or the NFB Jernigan Institute will evaluate lessons, depending upon how you receive instruction. Telephone correspondence and consultation is available. Please call Jennifer Dunnam at (612) 767-5658.

When submitting exercises, a line length of 40 cells is to be used, regardless of method of production. Students are encouraged to submit their exercises on a regular basis (at least monthly) and may submit only one lesson at a time.

Certification Test

Final certification tests are sent upon request from the NFB Jernigan Institute and are evaluated by the NFB Jernigan Institute. When requesting the test, students who have taken the course locally must include a letter from their Library of Congress-certified mathematics braille instructor attesting that the student has successfully completed the course. Candidates scoring 80 points or above will receive a Library of Congress certificate in transcribing.

How to enroll

Applicants can enroll in the course in two ways.

  • Complete the application online.
  • Mail a complete print application (Word doc) to:
            National Federation of the Blind
            Braille Certification Training Program
            200 East Wells Street
                  at Jernigan Place
            Baltimore, MD 21230

Whether intending to take the course with a local teacher or through correspondence, prospective students must submit this application form before the course begins.

Instructional Manuals

Important notice regarding BRF version of the Nemeth Code: The five volumes of this braille version of the Nemeth Code were created from scans of the plates of the original press braille publication. There are 26 braille lines per braille page and 38 cells per line'please adjust your embosser accordingly if embossing these volumes. Also, the tactile graphics included in the hard copy pressing are not included in this digital version.

You will be able to download the .Brf files below by right clicking on the file or using the applications key to choose "Save Target As" in Internet Explorer or "Save Link As" in Mozilla Firefox.

Errata and Addenda to AN INTRODUCTION TO BRAILLE MATHEMATICS, February 15, 2014 (pdf)
Errata and Addenda to AN INTRODUCTION TO BRAILLE MATHEMATICS, February 15, 2014 (brf)

Nemeth Code Book (BRF), Volume 1
Nemeth Code Book (BRF), Volume 2
Nemeth Code Book (BRF), Volume 3
Nemeth Code Book (BRF), Volume 4
Nemeth Code Book (BRF), Volume 5
Nemeth Code Book (PDF), Complete 
Nemeth Code Updates

For more information

Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Manager of Braille Programs
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Phone: (612) 767-5658
E-mail: transcribers@nfb.org

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