ISCC’s Braille program celebrates milestone

Transcriptionists stand for photo
By Janel Borghero, Administrative Assistant, ISCC

On Thursday April 19, 2018 Administrators and Wardens from the Idaho Department of Correction, Managers and Department Heads, along with Officials from the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind gathered at the Idaho State Correctional Center to celebrate ISCC Braille Transcription Center achievement of reaching their one millionth page of Braille for the Visually Impaired Community here in Idaho.

The Braille Program began in 2001 and partnered with Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind along with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2003.

The Braille Center completed the 1,000,000th page of Braille on March 27th, 2018.  The Braille produced at this facility has saved the State of Idaho as of this writing $3,287,074, had the Agencies outsourced this material to be transcribed.

There are only forty Prison Braille Programs operating in the United States in twenty-six States.  In these Programs, there are approximately 325 National Library Service certified Transcriptionists doing the work.

ISCC Braille Center is the only prison program in the State, and is also the largest Transcription Center in Idaho. 

Currently there are 10 Certified Transcriptionists working at the Center, and six students at various stages in the curriculum working towards their manuscript and certification.

The men participating in this Braille Program are earning certifications through the Library of Congress to transcribe Braille in all of the specialized Codes, and then they are using that knowledge to manufacture high quality Braille materials for the Blind here in Idaho.

Story published: 04/27/2018
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