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Math Textbooks in Nemeth Code

A professional writes:I am searching for solutions for producing Math textbooks in Nemeth in a timely manner. Our state is very limited in skilled transcribers in Nemeth. What do other states and programs do?

Susan replies: In Texas, the Texas Education Agency has the responsibility to produce all state adopted (K-12) Math textbooks in Nemeth in a timely manner. They have a fairly strict set of criteria for the vendors who compete for the privilege of producing these books. An independent panel of experts helps the TEA evaluate the proposals, and the vendors are then selected. (I have participated on such panels.) Kelly Griffin is the Director for Distribution and Accessibility. Her address is at the Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494. (512) 463-9601. FAX (512) 475-3612, e-mail:

Please find below specific organizations (in alphabetical order) that will produce math textbooks in Nemeth and also a resource of where to find others. I would contact several and compare prices.

Sources for Obtaining Math Textbooks in Nemeth Code

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
Phone: 800-223-1839, FAX: 502-899-2274
Math textbooks; also check the LOUIS database.

gh, LLC
Purdue Technology Center
3000 Kent Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 866-693-3687 FAX: 765-775-2501
Math and science textbooks in braille, tactile graphics, other products and services.

National Braille Association, Inc.
3 Townline Circle
Rochester, NY 14623-2513
Phone: 585-427-8260, FAX 585-427-0263
Help-Line: 800-244-5797 (for braille questions including Nemeth)
for direct Nemeth help contact: Marcia Leibowitz
at Phone: 904-645-0440 or E-mail:
Mission: To provide continuing education to those who prepare Braille, and to provide Braille materials to persons who are visually impaired. (For example: Nemeth Code Reference Sheet, publications and workshops on Nemeth Code, tactile graphics, and Nemeth translation software)

National Braille Press Inc.
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 888-965-8965, FAX 617-437-0456
Math textbooks.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress,
Washington, DC 20542
Phone: 202-707-9275 or 202-707-5100, or 800-424-8567
FAX: 202-707-0712
Administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries. Also provides the publication: Sources of Custom-Produced Books: Braille, AudioRecordings, Large Print (2001).

Region IV Education Service Center
Braille Services
Diane Spence, Coordinator
7145 West Tidwell
Houston, TX 77092-2096
Phone: 713-744-8144, FAX: 713-744-8148
Email: or
Producer of Nemeth Code and tactile graphics materials including textbooks and standardized assessments.

Region 20 Education Service Center
Braille Department
Robert D. Walling, Coordinator
1314 Hines Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78208-1899
Phone: 800-514-9310, FAX: 210-370-5696
Producer of Nemeth Code and tactile graphics materials including textbooks


Visual Aid Volunteers
Debbie Davis, Executive Director
617 State Street
Garland, TX 75040
Phone: 972-272-1615
Producer of Nemeth Code and tactile graphics materials including textbooks.

Even if a textbook is available, worksheets, reviews, tests, and other math materials will need to be transcribed into Nemeth code. I would suggest using translation software for these. I am presently using DBT WIN 10.4 with Scientific Notebook 4.1, but MegaMath is another alternative. For more information, contact:

Duxbury Systems, Inc.
270 Littleton Rd., Unit 6
Westford, MA 01886-3523
Phone: 978-692-3000, FAX: 978-692-7912
Email for general inquiries:
Email for DBT technical support:
Email for MegaDots technical support:
Email to Webmaster:
Nemeth production solutions including DBT and MegaDots' MegaMath Mathematics Translator.

MacKichan Software, Inc.
19307 8th Avenue, Suite C
Poulsbo, WA 98370-7370
Phone: 1-360-394-6033
Fax: 1-360-394-6039
With Scientific Notebook, create attractive documents with text, mathematics, and graphics, have it compute the solutions, import data from your graphing calculator, connect to the Internet and download documents, then translate to Nemeth Code and/or convert to large print. (See Duxbury Systems.)

The resulting Nemeth code materials need to be proofread and any errors corrected by an expert.