Father Palmer Memorial Braille Service is a division of Lilac Services for the Blind. Staffed by volunteers, its purpose is to transcribe materials into Braille. We provide this service not just for the Inland Northwest but for all who have a need. We annually print an average of 10,000 pages, with over 125 million pages in the past 25 years.

History of Braille Services in Spokane

The transcribing of print into Braille in the Spokane area began as a result of the interest of the Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Spokane, Father John Palmer. He had a special concern for the blind, and in the late 1930s he became a Certified Braille Transcriber. He taught sighted people to transcribe print into Braille, and at the time of his death in 1953, he had 14 registered transcribers and 12 students. Two years later, in 1955, Florence Brockmier formed the Father Palmer Memorial Braille Service. The organization was incorporated in 1961, and in 1994 became a division of Lilac Services for the Blind.

Who We Serve

Students of K-12 School Districts
Community College and University Students

Restaurants and the Hospitality Industry
Community Organizations

Types of Materials Brailled

Printed Data
Literary and Text Books
Mathematics and Scientific Data
Foreign Languages
Tactile Graphics (maps, charts, graphs)

We also teach the Library of Congress Literary Braille Transcribing course for those interested in learning to read and write Braille. If you have a request or question or if you would like to become a volunteer, please call (509) 325-1442 or (800) 422-7893. You may also email us at

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