Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

From Printed Material to Brailled Material…

Duxbury screenshot

Once printed curricular materials are obtained, the following steps need to be taken to deliver brailled materials to the teacher/student:

  1. Type the printed material into a Word document that special features have been added (such as information on braille)
  2. Save the document
  3. Open Duxbury program.  (Duxbury is a braille transcription program)
  4. Open the word document in the Duxbury program
  5. Translate the document…the document will now be viewed in braille on the monitor instead of in print
  6. Review the document for formatting, etc.
  7. Emboss

Screenshot of Duxbury Braille Transcription Software

If it is a worksheet or such, you’re done after reviewing it one last time for accuracy! Attach it to the printed material and give to the teacher. I like to add print to the material so if the student needs help, the teacher is able to assist without any difficulty.

If it is labels for a book, for example, after embossing, you need to cut it and place it on the printed material before returning to the teacher.

tips to turn print material into braille material collage



Cost of Program

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Posted by Sonny

braille software

Posted by Maureen Lewicki

Posted on December 16, 2015
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for From Printed Material to Brailled Material…

Maureen Lewicki commented on December 22, 2015

mistakes do happen, but when I look back it usually is an error in the way I entered it, or perhaps a math expression that needed to go through the math type software before it was translated. Another problem can be the codes of an original document which show up in Duxbury which can not be viewed on the word doc experience anyway:)

Sonny commented on December 20, 2015

It is essential to always check for errors. I have used Braille 2000, MegaDots, and Duxbury and all translate certain information incorrectly when translated. My preference of all Braille translation software is Braille 2000.

Hillary @ Senso... commented on December 20, 2015

I really wish the Duxbury software was more cost effective. Liz, do you (or anyone!) know of a program or app that translates Word Docs (or even just typing a few lines using a keyboard) to UEB without errors? I've tried a few online ones but they always have errors =(