AMAC Opens Up the World to the Visually Impaired

Map using Braille techniques.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Atlanta, GA

AMAC’s braille production center continues to improve life for visually impaired students and others.

WABE.org in Atlanta tells the story of Kayla Weathers, a college student in Georgia, who is blind and uses a white cane to get around. She told the website that said her first semester at Dalton State College in North Georgia was difficult.

But with the aid of Braille textbooks, in December 2016 she became as the first fully-blind student to graduate from Dalton State, according to WABE.

AMAC does much of the transcription itself, but gets help from an unlikely group. National Public Radio’s Marketplace explains that much of the transcription work is produced by outside contractors: prisoners and ex-convicts.

Marketplace talked with Becky Snider, public relations manager of the American Printing House for the Blind's National Prison Braille Network in Louisville, Kentucky.

She told Marketplace, “her group helps teach inmates how to read and transcribe braille materials. She said prisoners tell her they enjoy the human connection of the work they do, and it offers them a practical skill.”

But AMAC doesn’t just create books.

Temple Sinai in Atlanta was looking for a way to make their building more accessible to the visually impaired.

One member who is visually impaired, understands how confusing it can be to walk into a building and wonder where to go. He wondered about having a Braille map.

He said AMAC was referred to them and the research center created several tactile maps.

Temple members were so impressed with AMAC’s work that they also requested that programs for their basic prayer service created in braille, allowing for visually impaired congregants to fully participate in the service.

One congregant tells their story in a video.

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Malrey Head