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Braille

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The American Red Cross Jane Bente Braille Center in Fairfield is one of the largest remaining volunteer Braille production centers.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region Jane Bente Braille Center is one of the largest remaining volunteer Braille production centers. It was established after World War I to provide an information source for servicemen blinded by mustard gas.

Today, visually impaired school children are the recipients of more than 3,000 Braille textbooks distributed annually throughout the United States and four foreign countries.

The Jane Bente Braille Center provides Braille readers (K-12) with Braille textbooks. These transcribed books encompass every subject required in the classroom, including math, science, foreign languages and others.

The Red Cross trains 8-10 Braille transcribers per year in New Jersey. The average transcriber spends three to four hours daily transcribing Braille. Each year, more than 1,000,000 pages of Braille are produced by Red Cross volunteers.

More than 50 volunteers create Braille files on computers right from their homes. The files are emailed to the Center in Fairfield where 30 volunteers emboss and bind the textbooks. The average textbook can translate into more than 1,500 pages of Braille.


Our Chapter trains 10-15 Braille transcribers per year. The average transcriber spends three to four hours daily transcribing Braille. Each year, over 1,300,000 pages of Braille are produced by American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey volunteers.

Over 120 volunteers create disks on computers right from their homes. The disks are sent to the Chapter where 40 volunteers produce and bind the textbooks. The average textbook can translate into more than 1,500 pages of Braille!


Interested in Helping the Blind?

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We offer free Braille certification for our volunteers!

Interested in assisting the blind? Become a Braille transcriber. We offer a 20-week course every September in Braille transcribing of printed material for visually impaired students. The course prepares volunteers for certification at no cost and provides all materials. Weekly course work involves two hours of class work and 12 hours of homework. Prior Braille knowledge is not required to volunteer in the bindery.

For further information on becoming a Braille transcriber or volunteer in the bindery, please contact Braille Director, Sharon Van Hook at (973) 797-3337 or email Sharon.VanHook@redcross.org.

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