Personal Braille Program
Even with the advent of technology, Utah Council of the Blind (UCB) believes Braille literacy is very important for those who are blind or visually impaired. With this in mind, we have created the personal Braille program to provide a way for Braille readers to have personal items transcribed into Braille and also to promote Braille literacy among the blind and visually impaired community.
Having print materials transcribed from print into Braille can be cost prohibitive for many individuals; therefore, our program offers free Braille transcription for personal print materials. This could include such items as wills, Doctor's instructions, materials for meetings, small instruction books, crochet and knitting patterns, recipe books, and more. Individuals can also request that certain materials already available in Braille be purchased for them to own.
This program is free to any resident of Utah who is blind or visually impaired and reads Braille. There is no cost to the applicant; However, this program is solely supported by grants and is very costly. Therefore. when an individual requests an item to be transcribed from print to Braille, the request is sent to a standing committee for consideration and approval of the project. If the project is approved, an effort will be made to determine if the item has already been produced in Braille. If it has, we will purchase it from that source. If it is not available from another source, we will produce it and make it available to others as requested.
To request transcription of an item, you may call UCB's current Braille Committee Chair, Kira Larkin, at (801) 898-5472.
Would you like to Volunteer?
If you want to be a volunteer, please contact us at: (801) 299-0670
You can also download and print the Volunteer form but you must contact us before you can volunteer. All volunteers must be screened and approved before they can participate.