[nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Vote about Braille Code in November
bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 17 14:03:42 UTC 2012
Thoughts on this? Doesn't UEB get rid of nemeth? Perhaps nemeth needs
revision rather than getting rid of it.
From: David Andrews
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 4:53 AM
To: david.andrews at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Vote about Braille Code in
>For Immediate Release
>CONTACT: Frances Mary D'Andrea, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
>Email: <mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com
>BANA to Vote about Braille Code in November
>At its fall 2012 meeting, which will be held November 2nd through 4th, the
>Braille Authority of North America will take a vote 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.
>"We need to make improvements to reduce barriers that hinder timely and
>accurate braille transcription and to ensure that braille will remain a
>flexible, robust system that meets the needs of people who read and write
>braille in this digital age," said Frances Mary D'Andrea, Chair of BANA.
>"If the motion is approved, it would be the first step in the
>decision-making process, which will include developing a carefully
>formulated plan for transition and implementation of the code while as much
>as possible avoiding disruption for current braille readers."
>The Board of BANA consists of appointed representatives from fifteen member
>organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and consumers.
>Detailed information about the background of the code issues can be found
>in the article "Evolution of Braille: Can the Past Help Plan the Future?"
>Links to this article are available on the BANA website home page at
><http://www.brailleauthority.org/>www.brailleauthority.org. Print and
>braille copies of this article are available upon request. Please send an
>email to <mailto:brailleauthority at gmail.com>brailleauthority at gmail.com,
>providing your postal mailing address and stating if you want a print or
>Additional information about UEB can be found at the website of the
>International Council on English Braille at
>Details about the fall BANA Board meeting, to be hosted by the Braille
>Institute of America in Los Angeles, will be announced in the coming weeks.
>For additional resource information, visit
>The mission and purpose of the Braille Authority of North America are to
>assure literacy for tactile readers through the standardization of braille
>and/or tactile graphics. BANA promotes and facilitates the use, teaching,
>and production of braille. It publishes rules, interprets, and renders
>opinions pertaining to braille in all existing codes. It deals with codes
>now in existence or to be developed in the future, in collaboration with
>other countries using English braille. In exercising its function and
>authority, BANA considers the effects of its decisions on other existing
>braille codes and formats; the ease of production by various methods; and
>acceptability to readers.
>BANA-Announce mailing list
>BANA-Announce at brailleauthority.org
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