Born with glaucoma, Jacques Côté only partially saw with his left eye. At the age of 16, he undergoes an operation that fails. This causes the degeneration of the optic nerve, and then he becomes completely blind.
Mr. Côté begins his first career as a professional pianist. He managed to learn his musical pieces, among others, thanks to Braille.
After graduating from university, Mr. Côté began his career teaching French and mathematics at a special school for visually impaired children. A few years later, he started teaching Braille while pursuing his graduate studies at the Sherbrooke University. In 1975, in order to meet new challenges, he joins a regular school that was preparing to welcome young blind people.
Witnessing a lack of Braille teaching materials in schools, Mr. Jacques Côté founded Braille Jymico, a company meant to facilitate the integration of visually disabled students in regular schools. Thanks to its service, Braille Jymico has helped several young blind people to receive education at their neighborhood school and thus facilitated their integration and their development.
Over the years, Braille Jymico has gained notoriety by specializing in the production of Braille literary, scientific and musical documents, as well as in the adaptation of visual content to tactile graphics.
Taking advantage of the technological evolution to better serve its customers, Braille Jymico has extended its range of alternative format products by developing large print documents, electronic text and audio.
From 2003 to today
Due to the limited space and to the increasing demand for his services, Mr. Côté is expanding the space of his business by purchasing a new three-story, 6,500-square-foot building located in Quebec City. Today, Braille Jymico has 16 employees and collaborates with a team of transcribers and proofreaders.
Considering that the vast majority of the company’s customers are in the United States, Braille Jymico decides to offer a service location in Chicago.
To date, Braille Jymico continues to support schools by producing adapted materials for visually impaired students. Always focused on the needs of its increasingly diverse clientele, the company is constantly evolving and developing successful projects.
From 2003 to today