Handid Braille Services

A non-profit corporation providing services to organizations in support of people who are blind and low vision.

Supporting People Who Are Blind and Low Vision, and The People Who Support Them!

Handid is a non-profit with a mission to provide braille and other forms of accessible media to those who are blind and low-vision.

At Handid, our vision is a world where accessible media is always available. Donations reduce or remove costs to clients so we can offer our services at the lowest price possible.

Contact Handid at info@handid.org to fulfill your and your patron's needs for braille and other tactile media.

Recent Work

  • Handid has recently been contracted to produce braille transcriptions of three books for the Tayseer Seminary in Knoxville, TN (USA). These books are mostly in English but contain substantial portions in Arabic. We are producing the braille using both Unified English Braille (UEB) and Arabic Braille.

  • We will soon be commencing a project in Hebrew braille for an international educational institution.

  • Handid has also produced braille for health care institutions, educational institutions, cultural institutions, including braille supporting a current exhibition at the Boise Art Museum (BAM) in Boise, ID (USA).

  • We have other clients who work with us confidentially in order to ensure that their clients have access to legal, medical, and diplomatic documentation needed to complete their work.

Why Is Braille Transcription Important?

According to the journal "Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science," in 2020, 49.1 million individuals globally are blind and 33.6 million experience severe visual difficulties [1]. The National Federation of the Blind reports that almost 7.7 million people in the U.S. population experience blindness or low-vision [2].

In the U.S.A., the unemployment rate for non-institutionalized individuals between 21 and 64 years of age who are blind is over 70%. However, braille readers experience a much lower unemployment rate of 44% and report more active participation in their communities [3]. Thus, there is substantial evidence that braille provides a person who is blind or low-vision with skills and opportunities that help them live lives more similar to sighted counterparts than possible for those who do not read braille. This is in part because braille enables an individual to actively study content in detail. This is absolutely essential in mathematics, science, and technology subjects, as it is in even reading the news! It also allows an individual to read at their own pace and to go back and review passages more easily -- all of these are things that print readers do without even thinking, but that can't be done easily using text-to-speech systems.

At Handid, we know rocket scientists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, and successful and engaged individuals across society who are blind and all of them are very clear that braille is an absolute necessity for their success.

In addition, the "Americans with Disabilities Act" (ADA) provides a legal requirement for certain materials to be produced in braille. These materials include way-finding signage in certain types of buildings, elevator control panels, essential documents, and more. Schools are required to provide braille when it is the "least restrictive" medium for learning.

Altogether, braille is an essential medium that allows an individual to read all manner of things, including everyday documents like bank statements, insurance forms, medical prescription information, as well as content in guides to State and National Parks (did you know that the U.S. Government provides brochures in braille for all National Parks?), books, magazines, and more!

The National Federation of the Blind also promotes that braille helps individuals to live the lives they want!

[1] https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2767477

[2] https://nfb.org/resources/blindness-statistics

[3] https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/jbir/jbir15/jbir050202.html

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