Information technology tools and resources at the UW
Braille Embossing Services
ATC embossing services can convert any Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or HTML (.html/.htm) document into single or double-sided braille hard copy. Tactile graphics and braille for multiple languages may also be created here. Users can convert physical books and documents into electronic format using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software available in the ATC. That text can then be rendered in a variety of accessible formats including e-text and braille.
Submitting Online Braille Requests
- Save your file as a Microsoft Word document with standard styles, or as a properly-tagged HTML file. Ensure the file name is unique and descriptive to prevent confusion or misprocessing. For textbooks or textbook excerpts, include title, author name, course number, chapter number, and page range.
Good examples include:
Bad examples include:
Allow at least two full working days to complete braille requests. Long or complicated documents may take additional time. Having finished braille jobs delivered by campus mail will add 1-2 days before documents arrive. For fastest results, pick up finished braille jobs in person at the ATC.
Converting Print Materials
Users can process hard-copy documents into e-text with FineReader.
Braille Request Form
- The ATC completes braille requests in the order of receipt, with an eye to the date requested.
- Any UW academic/administrative information intended for use by UW students/faculty/staff/visitors can be requested for embossing.
- Braille requests should be sent by a University departmental representative.
- Most University-related braille jobs are free. In cases of unusually large requests, departments may be asked to replace the embossing paper used, at about $60/1000 sheets.
- If you have questions about the capabilities of the braille service, contact the Access Technology Center.