[nobe-l] [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Fall Board Meeting in Louisville, KY

Mary Nelle McLennan mary.nelle at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 12 18:18:44 UTC 2013


Press Release
October 2013
For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Frances Mary D’Andrea, Chair
Braille Authority of North America
Phone: 412-521-5797
Email: <mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com
BANA to Hold Fall Board Meeting in Louisville, KY
The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), 
which meets face-to-face semiannually, will hold 
its 2013 fall meeting November 8­10 in 
Louisville, KY. This meeting will be hosted by 
the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), 
a BANA member organization. Meetings on Friday, 
November 8, will take place at APH, which is 
located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue. Meetings on 
November 9 and 10, including an Open Forum to 
which the community is invited, will be held at 
the Hyatt Regency Louisville, located at 311 South Fourth Street.
As always, interested parties are invited to 
observe the BANA Board meetings. Items on the 
Board’s agenda include reports from all of BANA's 
technical committees such as music, math, foreign 
language, and tactile graphics. In-depth reports 
will be presented by the Unified English Braille 
(UEB) Task Force, the Publications Committee, and 
the Braille Research Committee. If you are 
interested in observing the BANA meeting, please 
contact BANA Chair Frances Mary D’Andrea at 
412-521-5797 or by email at 
<mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com.
Saturday morning, November 9, from 10:00 till 
11:30, BANA will host an Open Forum that provides 
a venue for participants to discuss braille with 
the Board and to learn more about the workings of 
BANA. Members of the BANA Board will share the 
evolving plans for the transition to UEB and will 
report on the UEB Transition Forum being held in 
October. Open Forum participants are encouraged 
to discuss their views and suggestions 
surrounding braille and its future. Braille 
readers, teachers, and students as well as 
producers and distributors of braille are 
encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity 
to participate in a round-table discussion with 
the members of the BANA Board. The Open Forum 
will be held in the Gulfstream room at the Hyatt 
Regency Louisville. To reserve your space at the 
Open Forum and to ensure accurate counts for 
handouts, contact Frances Mary D’Andrea as indicated above.
NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on 
the BANA website at 

For additional resource information, visit 
The Board of BANA consists of appointed 
representatives from seventeen 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.

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