[Nfb-announce] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Fall Meeting November 5 through 7, 2015

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Tue Oct 27 03:47:10 UTC 2015

>BANA logo
>Press Release
>October 26, 2015
>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
><mailto:chair at brailleauthority.org>chair at brailleauthority.org
>BANA Held Its Third UEB Transition Forum in Louisville
>and Will Hold Fall Meeting November 5–7, 2015
>On October 7, 2015, Braille Authority of North 
>America (BANA) held its third UEB Transition 
>Forum, bringing together delegates from more 
>than 25 agencies and organizations from the 
>braille community. The forum was held in 
>Louisville, Kentucky, preceding the 147th Annual 
>Meeting of the American Printing House for the 
>Blind (APH). The centerpiece of the day was a 
>guest panel that addressed the incorporation of 
>UEB into assessment development by the nation’s 
>various assessment consortia. The agenda also 
>included updates and progress reports from forum delegates and the BANA Board.
>The BANA Board, which meets face-to-face 
>semiannually, will hold its 2015 fall meeting 
>November 5–7 in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This 
>meeting will be hosted by Horizons for the 
>Blind, a BANA member organization. Meetings will 
>take place at the Horizons site, which is 
>located at Suite A-103, 125 Erick Street, Crystal Lake 60014.
>Items on the Board’s agenda include the 
>implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB) 
>as well as detailed updates on BANA’s numerous 
>ongoing projects. The Board will review formal 
>reports from all of BANA's technical committees 
>such as music, braille formats, math, and 
>tactile graphics, and its general committees and 
>task forces, such as the UEB Transition Task 
>Force and the BANA Publications Committee. BANA 
>will take action on recommendations when appropriate.
>As always, interested parties are invited to 
>observe the BANA Board meetings. If you are 
>interested in observing the BANA meeting, please 
>contact BANA Chair Jennifer Dunnam at 
>612-767-5658 or by email at 
><mailto:chair at brailleauthority.org>chair at brailleauthority.org.
>NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on 
>the BANA website at 
>The Board of BANA consists of appointed 
>representatives from eighteen member 
>organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and consumers.
>The mission of the Braille Authority of North 
>America is to assure literacy for tactile 
>readers through the standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics.
>The purpose of BANA is to promote and to 
>facilitate the uses, teaching, and production of 
>braille. Pursuant to this purpose, BANA will 
>promulgate rules, make interpretations, and 
>render opinions pertaining to braille codes and 
>guidelines for the provisions of literary and 
>technical materials and related forms and 
>formats of embossed materials now in existence 
>or to be developed in the future for the use of 
>blind persons in North America. When 
>appropriate, BANA shall accomplish these 
>activities in international collaboration with 
>countries using English braille. In exercising 
>its function and authority, BANA shall consider 
>the effects of its decisions on other existing 
>braille codes and guidelines, forms and formats; 
>ease of production by various methods; and acceptability to readers.

         David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
E-Mail:  dandrews at visi.com or david.andrews at nfbnet.org
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