Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement

General Information

Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement
Central Library Building
Milwaukee Wisconsin 1 53233-1436
(414) 286 3039
info@ablenow.org
http://www.ablenow.org

Brief Description

ABLE (Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement) believes that print should be accessible to everyone, including people who are blind, visually-impaired or print disabled. Working with trained volunteers, we transcribe print materials into braille, audio, and tactile formats to enhance literacy, dignity, productivity and independence.

Staff

Andrew Jambura, ajambura@ablenow.org

Kathleen Bruening, Braille Services Coordinator, kbruening@ablenow.org, 414 286 5172

Cheryl Orgas, Executive Director, corgas@ablenow.org, 414 286 3026

Matthew Scholtes, Tactile and Production Manager, mscholtes@ablenow.org, 414 286 0226

Services Offered

  • Braille and Reading Resources and Instruction
    • ABLE transcribes print materials into high-quality braille, tactile and audio formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Our vision is that everyone will have access to the printed word because reading—in whatever form it takes—is the key to learning, growth, productivity, self-sufficiency, and full participation in one’s community. Audio Services ABLE produces a variety of materials in digital formats using either volunteer audio narrators or text to synthesized speech technology. Our volunteer narrators read in the ABLE Sound Center while staff members monitor and engineer all recording sessions. Our production guidelines are modeled on United States Library of Congress standards to ensure superior quality. Braille Services Braille materials are transcribed by professionally trained staff and volunteers who are certified braillists through the Library of Congress. Our braille staff members are also certified in Unified English Braille (UEB), a new braille code that has been adopted to create uniformity in braille production worldwide. We follow Library of Congress standards to ensure superior quality. Tactile Services Our team of staff and volunteer tactile artists creates tactile diagrams that bring the visual world to the fingertips of blind children and adults. Tactiles are raised line drawings that are especially critical to understanding concepts taught in STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), such as mathematical graphs or chemical formulas. Our tactiles are examined by blind adults and children to ensure that they are useful representations. Thanks to the dedication of an amazing group of dedicated volunteers and staff, a wide range of materials is made available to children and adults in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • ABLE transcribes print materials into high-quality braille, tactile and audio formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Our vision is that everyone will have access to the printed word because reading—in whatever form it takes—is the key to learning, growth, productivity, self-sufficiency, and full participation in one’s community. Audio Services ABLE produces a variety of materials in digital formats using either volunteer audio narrators or text to synthesized speech technology. Our volunteer narrators read in the ABLE Sound Center while staff members monitor and engineer all recording sessions. Our production guidelines are modeled on United States Library of Congress standards to ensure superior quality. Braille Services Braille materials are transcribed by professionally trained staff and volunteers who are certified braillists through the Library of Congress. Our braille staff members are also certified in Unified English Braille (UEB), a new braille code that has been adopted to create uniformity in braille production worldwide. We follow Library of Congress standards to ensure superior quality. Tactile Services Our team of staff and volunteer tactile artists creates tactile diagrams that bring the visual world to the fingertips of blind children and adults. Tactiles are raised line drawings that are especially critical to understanding concepts taught in STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), such as mathematical graphs or chemical formulas. Our tactiles are examined by blind adults and children to ensure that they are useful representations. Thanks to the dedication of an amazing group of dedicated volunteers and staff, a wide range of materials is made available to children and adults in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • ABLE transcribes print materials into high-quality braille, tactile and audio formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Our vision is that everyone will have access to the printed word because reading—in whatever form it takes—is the key to learning, growth, productivity, self-sufficiency, and full participation in one’s community. Audio Services ABLE produces a variety of materials in digital formats using either volunteer audio narrators or text to synthesized speech technology. Our volunteer narrators read in the ABLE Sound Center while staff members monitor and engineer all recording sessions. Our production guidelines are modeled on United States Library of Congress standards to ensure superior quality. Braille Services Braille materials are transcribed by professionally trained staff and volunteers who are certified braillists through the Library of Congress. Our braille staff members are also certified in Unified English Braille (UEB), a new braille code that has been adopted to create uniformity in braille production worldwide. We follow Library of Congress standards to ensure superior quality. Tactile Services Our team of staff and volunteer tactile artists creates tactile diagrams that bring the visual world to the fingertips of blind children and adults. Tactiles are raised line drawings that are especially critical to understanding concepts taught in STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), such as mathematical graphs or chemical formulas. Our tactiles are examined by blind adults and children to ensure that they are useful representations. Thanks to the dedication of an amazing group of dedicated volunteers and staff, a wide range of materials is made available to children and adults in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.