Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Braille Code Vote Is Scheduled for November

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Braille Code Vote Is Scheduled for November

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The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) recently announced its plans to take a vote at its fall 2012 Board meeting (November 2-4) that will set the course for the future of braille codes in the United States. The direction under consideration is the adoption of Unified English Braille while maintaining the Nemeth Code for technical materials. The Unified English Braille (UEB) code was approved in 2004 by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) as a viable code worthy of adoption by the seven ICEB countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. Since that time, the official position of BANA has been to monitor UEB adoption in other countries and gather data about the outcomes of implementation. As of February 2012, UEB had been adopted by six of the English-speaking countries.

The Board of BANA, who will decide whether UEB will be adopted in the United States, consists of appointed representatives from 15 member organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and consumers. …

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