Ken Miller of Lafayette Hill, PA came to Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1996 with an open mind, open heart, and desire to learn a new skill. He became an ASB Braille Transcriber and couldn’t be happier! Ken, a chemist and quality assurance analyst at Smith Kline & French (now GlaxoSmithKline), retired in 1991 and went on to work with a smaller firm until 1996 when he retired for good. With all the free time on his hands, Ken’s wife suggested he get involved and try something new. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Ken came across ASB’s ad in a newspaper for volunteers to learn Braille Transcribing. Curious, he signed up and began taking classes that fall. By summer of 1997, he passed his certification and became a full fledged ASB Volunteer Braille Transcriber. “Volunteering, for me, has been something I always knew I would do when I retired,” said Ken. “It’s the time we give back to those who need it most.” Braille transcribers create literature in braille from their printed counterparts. Computer programs such as Edgar and Micro Braille allow you to translate written words into braille. Transcribers work on pieces including textbooks from first grade to college, novels, foreign language pieces, menus, and other personal items. Ken’s enthusiasm for Braille Transcribing is delightful,” said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President & CEO.
“The work he does helps children and adults who are blind experience the same joys as their sighted peers and puts them on an equal playing field in school and everyday life. ASB is truly appreciative of Ken’s dedication and commitment.” Today, Ken is one of 20 dedicated ASB Braille Transcribers and enjoys brailling medical, health, and geography related materials. He’s currently working on an assignment in French. “I found ASB and became fascinated by what they do within the agency... it’s quite remarkable,” said Ken. “I’ve never met a more dedicated group of volunteers as I have with my fellow transcribers. I’m excited to volunteer for an organization that does incredible work for a remarkable population.” In Ken’s spare time, he enjoys watching the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles and is a big sports fan of his alma-mater, Penn State. He and his wife just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Ken is a father of two and grandfather of three, soon to be four – his daughter-in-law is expecting.
For more information on volunteering or ASB, call 215-627-0600.