Current Volunteer Opportunities

Studio Reader (Pool Position) – On-Site

Description: We are in need of volunteer readers with younger-sounding voices to match the content being requested. 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.

This is a pool position, meaning volunteering is on a project by project basis. Narrators will be given assignments according to how well their voice is suited to a particular project.

Requirements:
• Adult (18 + Years)
• Strong reading comprehension and language skills are necessary
• 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 audiobook

Time Commitment: 2 to 4 hours/week (this includes preparation time)
Training: 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.

To apply please send us an email containing the following items to audio@ablenow.org:

1. Your Name
2. Your 9am-5pm weekday availability (we are open 9-5, M-F)
3. A short statement about why you are interested in volunteering.
4. An attached recording of yourself reading the following passages. (Note: a cell phone voice memo is fine, if you don’t have other means of recording. No large WAVE or AIFF files. MP3 or similar, please).

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Certified Braille Transcriber

Description: Enjoy the challenge of transcribing materials into braille for children and adults who are blind. With your help, children and adults who are blind can lead more productive and independent lives. Transcribe a variety of print materials into braille such as textbooks, computer manuals, library books and other educational material. Transcribe into braille short-term requests such as newsletters, children’s books, menus, and playbills. It’s a perfect opportunity for retirees or persons with time to volunteer at home.

Requirements:
• Adult (18 + Years)
• Library of Congress certification in Unified English Braille (UEB)
• A high school diploma or equivalent
• A resident of the United States of America
• Must have basic computer skills, including file management
• A working knowledge of the English language
• Attention to detail and a “perfectionist” attitude
• Strong problem solver
• Self-motivated, independent worker

Time Commitment: This is a long-term commitment, a minimum of 8 hours per week for at least 12 months.

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

Let us know you’re interested in being a Braille Transcriber volunteer by filling out our volunteer form here.

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OCR Text Editor

Description: Would you like to help ensure equal access to print materials for children and adults with print disabilities? 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. Working from home, volunteers will edit a Word document to match the original text (saved as a PDF file). The Word document is created using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to convert the image of print into editable text, an automated computer process which introduces occasional errors (of substitution, omission, or reading order), which then need to be fixed. 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
• Strong proofreading skills, attention to detail and a “perfectionist” attitude
• Strong problem solving skills
• Knowledge of foreign languages is a plus

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

Let us know you’re interested in being a Braille Transcriber volunteer by filling out our volunteer form here.