All Other Volunteer Opportunities

These positions are currently full, but if you are interested in any of these positions and want to get on our waiting list, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Position: OCR Text Editor Volunteer

Description: Would you like to help ensure equal access to print materials for children and adults with print disabilities?  Would you enjoy the challenge of correcting an editable Word document to match the original print?  With your help, ABLE can more quickly convert print into braille and audio formats, so that blind children and adults can have equal access to a world of information.

On-site volunteers will learn to use the program “ABBYY FineReader” to perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on images of print. At-home volunteers will just edit the Word document output from ABBYY to match the original text (saved as a PDF file).  Many assignments may have tight deadlines so that students can receive their school assignments at the same time as their sighted peers.

It’s a perfect opportunity for retirees or persons with time to volunteer from home.

Requirements:

  • Must be computer literate and, if volunteering from home, have easy access to a computer with Microsoft Word, Acrobat viewer and access to the internet/email
  • Must be organized and careful with regards to computer files and file management
  • Knowledge of foreign languages is a major plus
  • Strong proofreading skills, attention to detail and a “perfectionist” attitude
  • Strong problem solving skills

Time Commitment: Time commitment of 3-5 hours/week for a duration of at least four months.

Training: Training will be provided.

Location: At home, or at our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Position: Tactile Graphics Artist

Description: How do people who are blind or visually impaired gain a full and complete understanding of the information conveyed thru visual imagery?  Developing your ability to better answer this question will not only transform the way you think about blind people, but it will also re-shape the way you think about the meaning conveyed by graphic illustration.

The goal of a Tactile Graphics Artist is to transform existing print diagrams, maps, and other imagery into tactile-ready graphics for children and adults with print disabilities.  As a Tactile Graphics Volunteer, you will learn to use computer illustration software to create tactile adaptations of a variety of print graphics, such as mathematical diagrams, maps and floor plans, bar graphs, biological and medical illustrations, flow charts, and chemical diagrams.  Some assignments may have tight deadlines, so you will also need to learn techniques to improve your efficiency in computer illustration.

Requirements:

  • Must own a computer and be computer literate
  • Able to download, install, and learn a basic vector graphics program (Microsoft Visio)
  • Know the basics of computer graphic design, including grouping, layers, and object manipulation
  • Willing and able to learn the specific challenges of adapting visual materials into tactile diagrams
  • A good basic understanding of high school level math and science
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • The judgment to discern how to express something simply without oversimplification, and how to balance other competing directives
  • Able to complete training
  • Willingness to pursue advanced training
  • Long-term commitment (at least 12 months)

Time Commitment: This is an ongoing and long-term commitment. We ask a minimum of 5 hours per week, ongoing, with more time required during training.

Training: Upon acceptance to the program, training will be provided in our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.  Tactile Graphics Interns will be mentored by a skilled professional in the field, and will receive feedback from at least one blind/visually impaired recipient on their finished products.

Location: At home, or at our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Position: Braille Proofreader

Description: Proofread the original print material against a Braille copy that has been converted back into print. The purpose is to spot any differences (spelling, punctuation, etc.) between the two.

Requirements:

  • Adult (18 + Years)
  • Must know braille
  • Available weekdays
  • Attention to detail and a “perfectionist” attitude
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • An ability to read standard print in English
  • An ability to recognize errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, word division, spacing, omissions, content and consistency of format

Time Commitment: This is an ongoing and long-term commitment. We ask a minimum of 4 to 5 hours per week on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, sometime between 9am – 4pm.

Training: Training will be provided.

Location: At our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Position: Braille Department Assistant

Description: Are you looking for a challenge away from home that will give blind people the self-sufficiency and independence that comes from being able to read one’s own school books, library books or medical forms? If so, this is the perfect commitment for you. Fill out request forms, organize requests, proofread, burst, bind, and mail braille books, duplication and clerical duties. Help our Braille Department run efficiently.

Requirements:

  • Adult (18 + Years)
  • Available Weekdays
  • Able to come to our office, which is on major bus lines and is accessible for people with disabilities
  • Should have general knowledge of office procedures and experience with office machines
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Some knowledge of braille, and/or a willingness and aptitude to learn
  • Basic computer skills – experience with Windows and knowledge of basic file management
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Access Databases and Excel preferred
  • Neat handwriting
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good communication, phone and customer service skills
  • Good clerical skills
  • Long-term commitment (at least 12 months)

Time Commitment: This is an ongoing and long-term commitment. We ask a minimum of 4 to 5 hours per week on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, sometime between the hours of 9am to 4pm.

Training: Training will be provided.

Location: At our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Position: Audiobook Reviewer

Description: Share your love of reading with those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled! Seeking dedicated volunteers to review our audiobook recordings for errors. This position involves listening to the recording of an audiobook and making note of any errors or possible word mispronunciations. The monitor is supplied with a print copy of the book to follow along in as well as a log sheet to mark the page number and time in the recording when the error occurs. Our engineers use this information to go back and re-record any mistakes in our studios.

Requirements:

  • Adult (18+ Years)
  • Must be able to stay focused on this detail-oriented work
  • Must possess a positive attitude and the patience it takes to monitor an audiobook
  • Strong reading comprehension and language skills are necessary

Time Commitment: 3 to 5 hours/week

Training: Upon acceptance to the program, training will be provided in our studios at the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

Location: At your home or in our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

 

Position: Studio Reader – On-Site

Description: Share your vocal talent with those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled! Seeking dedicated volunteers to record a variety of texts (instruction manuals, magazines, fiction or non-fiction books, etc.) at our professional recording studio. Qualified individuals will possess superior oratory skills, advanced reading comprehension abilities and the determination it takes to complete projects in a timely manner.

Requirements:

  • Adult (18 + Years)
  • Strong reading comprehension and language skills are necessary
  • Must pass vocal audition (materials will be provided upon application for the position)
  • Must be able to sit and read aloud for 80 minutes at a time in our downtown Milwaukee studios
  • Must possess a positive attitude and the patience it takes to record an audio book

Time Commitment: 3 to 5 hours/week on-site

Training: Upon passing the vocal audition, training will be provided at our studios at the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

Location: At our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.