Handid Braille Services aims to provide accurate and timely delivery of media (including braille transcriptions, tactile graphics, large print, and online resources) in soft or hard-copy, proofreading, consulting, and research facilitating the creation, preparation, and production of media for visually impaired readers, with a focus on public-facing organizations and institutions.
Don Winiecki, principal at Handid, holds certification from the U.S.A. Library of Congress in braille transcription.
He is a member of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and an active member of the NFB "Committee on the Advancement and Promotion of Braille."
Additionally, Don is a member of the National Braille Association (NBA) where he is a member of the "UEB Math/Science Skills Group" and "Tactile Graphics Skills Group." (UEB is "Unified English Braille" -- a single set of braille symbols and rules for literary and technical materials in all countries that use English as a common or administrative language.)
He is also the sole U.S.A. representative for the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) "Committee for Technical Braille." This committee sets the rules and guidelines for expressing technical content in braille. "Technical content" includes mathematics, chemistry, computer code, linguistics, and non-English languages.
The Braillist's Code of Ethics
I pledge to:
prepare braille materials in an accurate, timely manner, without personal interjection,
refrain from using any information obtained in the performance of my duties in a manner that would be detrimental to the agency or person for whom the material was transcribed,
treat all material transcribed as confidential unless the material is publicly available or an agreement has been obtained in writing that the information may be disclosed,
conduct business in a professional manner with dignity, respect and courtesy,
accept assignments as dictated by my knowledge of the subject matter, braille skill competency level, and ability to complete the assignment on a mutually agreed upon date, and
continuously develop the highest levels of knowledge and skills through professional development in my chosen specialty.
-- Adopted by the National Braille Association, November 2003
-- Adopted by the Braille Authority of North America , April 2005
For more information about the Braille Authority of North America, visit www.brailleauthority.org.