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Georgia Tech Part of Effort to Increase Braille Materials

July 26, 2012 - In an effort to increase the number of printed materials for people who are blind and low vision, ex-offenders will be trained in Braille transcription, computer skills and business techniques. The program, Providing Real Opportunities for Income through Technology (or PROFITT), is currently being beta tested in a maximum-security institution in Texas. It was developed through a partnership of the National Braille Press, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. PROFITT requires 750 hours of hands-on classroom training for approximately 30 weeks. Transcribing materials is of great need; currently for every 100 books published there is only one that is converted into Braille. [Georgia Tech]

 

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