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Creating Braille

If a student submits an alternate format request for textbook materials in braille, colleges should contact the CCC Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC) to determine if the requested materials have previously been converted. If the materials have not been converted, then it may be possible to submit an order for instructional materials to be converted by the ATPC.

Colleges may choose to convert materials into braille at their local institution. Colleges should have access to the following resources if converting documents into braille for students:

  • MS Word
  • Duxbury Software - a braille translator that converts text-based content, including MS Word files, into a braille equivalent
  • Braille embosser to produce hard-copy braille materials

Music Braille

For students who request music materials in braille, there are additional applications necessary for the conversion and production of music braille content. Depending on the conversion workflow, the following applications may be helpful in creating music braille. It is recommended to have someone literate in both music notation and music braille notation to ensure the accuracy of any document conversion.

Lime Aloud

Lime Aloud works with the JAWS for Windows screen-reader software to allow blind musicians to read and write music. The Lime Aloud website contains more information on creating and reading music braille.


GoodFeel supports the conversion of print scores into music braille allowing a blind musician to review the braille version of the print score. The GoodFeel website contains more information on creating and producing braille music scores.