Braille Translation Trainee
Job Details
Full Time
Braille Translation Trainee

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a world leader in creating learning solutions and pathways to success for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, is seeking Braille Translation trainees to join our our Braille Transcription Services team.

Braille is a system of touch reading for the blind which employs six (6) dots evenly arranged in spaces or cells. Trainees will learn to convert printed materials into braille. The Braille Translation Trainee, an employee of the Braille Improvement Program, will participate in a training class that will result in National Library Service (NLS) Literary Braille certification. Trainees will learn to use publisher files, braille translation software and other braille translation skills for the purpose of providing these materials to the blind and visually impaired. Upon successful completion of the training program, the Trainee will transfer into a department within APH that requires Braille transcriber knowledge.

Note: Work location of training program will be hybrid and will transition to onsite full time, upon graduation.

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday (with every other Friday off)

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Through classroom training and independent study, the Trainee will progress through 20 lessons to learn Unified English Braille. Upon completion of these lessons, the Trainee will submit to NLS a manuscript for grading and ultimately earn NLS Literary Braille Transcribing Certification.
  • Learn braille translation software (Duxbury Braille Translator) as well as other types of software (e.g., Microsoft Word) to convert printed text to braille.
  • Learn textbook formatting (Braille Formats 2016).
  • Learn tactile graphic guidelines and basic tactile graphic design.
  • Job shadow with a current member of the Pre-Production Translation Department.
  • It is expected that the Trainee will also study for and achieve braille certifications in addition to literary transcribing (e.g., UEB Technical, Braille Formats, Nemeth Code).

Education, Training & Experience Requirements

  • Degree in English, Business, Communications, or a related field preferred.
  • Education or previous employment in the blindness field preferred.
  • Strong grammar, proofreading, and keyboarding skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite as well as ability to type at 40 wpm required. Qualified applicants must receive passing score on computer proficiency test and have the ability to learn braille translation rules and software.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills required, and the ability to work independently and in small groups is highly preferred.
  • Must be able to read and follow detailed instructions, both oral and written.
  • Good communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Must be a self-starter with ability to handle several work assignments/projects simultaneously and meet stringent deadlines.

Physical & Environmental Requirements

Job requires long hours of sitting, repetitive hand-wrist movement, and constant viewing of computer screen.


To apply, Click Here. If you have trouble accessing the application through Paycom, please contact Kristah Ward at or 502-899-2331.