INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of the Braille Transcription Program
Image: Timeline bar noting accomplishments of the Braille Transcription Services Program from 1992 to 2016.
- 1992: The Braille Access Center is created at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Wash.
- 1996: Braille Transcription pilot program launches at Washington Corrections Center for Women
- 1998: Former Governor Gary Locke acknowledges Braille Transcription Program for its service in Governing For Results publication
- 2002: Braille Services Team is presented with the Governor’s Award for Quality and Performance
- 2010: The Department of Corrections, Correctional Industries and the Washington State School for the Blind enter an interagency agreement in support of the Braille Transcription Services Program
- 2015: Number of Braille pages produced by offender transcribers exceeds 1 million
- 2016: Braille Transcription Program at Washington Corrections Center for Women celebrates 20th anniversary
By the Numbers:
The Department of Corrections is celebrating a 20-year partnership with the Washington State School for the Blind’s Ogden Resource Center. Inmates at the Washington State Corrections Center for Women transcribe print pages into Braille. The Ogden Resource Center produces the materials for distribution to schools, government agencies and businesses.
- 1.2 million pages have been transcribed by WCCW inmates
- 90 certificates have been earned by WCCW inmates in Braille Transcription
- 39 inmates have participated in the Braille Transcription Services program at the prison
Did you Know?
Approximately 3.5 million adults in the US between the ages of 18 and 64 say they have vision trouble. Vision trouble is defined as “difficulty seeing, even with the aid of glasses or contact lenses.”
Source: 2014 American Community Survey, US Census Bureau
- "Washington Braille Access Center Chronology of Events," in Washington State School for the Blind Archives, 1995.
- Washington State Braille Services Team Correctional Industries Brochure.
- 2014 American Community Survey, U. S. Census Bureau, 2014.