Braille Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 10/21/2022

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Posted by: The Maryland School for the Blind


Contact Information


3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21236


410-444-5000 x1718

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Knowledge, skills and general abilities:

  1. Library of Congress certification in literary braille transcription, textbook formatting, and UEB proficient.
  2. Willing to enroll and pursue the NLS Nemeth Code certification within 2 years.
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of formatting for braille instructional materials, importing, updating, and emailing of various types of braille files. Proficient in Duxbury braille translation software, downloading and converting of NIMAS files.
  4. General knowledge of Nemeth braille code, typing/transcription (50wpm), principles and methodology for adapting printed materials and creating tactile graphics, troubleshooting techniques for braille translation software and accessible digital media.
  5. General knowledge of customer service concepts and human relations skills.
  6. HS Diploma or GED equivalency required.
  7. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Job Description

SUMMARY: With close supervision, produces Braille instructional materials and tactile graphics.


Essential Functions:

  1. Formats for braille production, textbooks, workbooks and other print materials.
  2. Proofreads the work of others.
  3. Designs and/or produces diagrams and other graphics in tactile form.
  4. Enters, embosses and binds braille textbooks, workbooks and instructional materials.
  5. Provides professional development, mentoring, and consultation for questions regarding braille, braille formatting, tactile graphic production and braille translation software.
  6. Maintains MIRC (Maryland Instructional Resource Center) braille production records.
  7. Coordinates the assignment of materials and schedules for proofreaders and copyholders.
  8. Participates in continuing education and training in the production of braille materials and tactile graphics.

Marginal Functions:

  1. Performs additional related duties as assigned.


Equipment Used: DOS and Windows based PCs, Microsoft Word, braille translation software, keyboard, mouse, modem, printer, scanner, photocopier, braille embossers, tactile image enhancers, tactile graphics kit, Thermoform, fax machine, brailler, slate and stylus, paper cutter, binding machine.

Performance Standard: Must ensure accurate, timely production of Braille materials and tactile graphics 100% of the time.

Work Environment: Standard office conditions with overhead fluorescent lighting, 70‑80 degree air temperature.  Second floor location requiring use of stairs when elevator is not functioning.

Work Schedule: 37.5 daytime hours, Monday‑Friday with daily half‑hour unpaid lunch; flextime or additional hours occasionally required; 12-month position.