[nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] Press Release: BANA to Meet in Boston; Welcomes Perkins as New Member

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Apr 30 02:06:55 UTC 2015

>BANA logo
>Press Release
>April 27, 2015
>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
><mailto:chair at brailleauthority.org>chair at brailleauthority.org
>BANA to Meet in Boston; Welcomes Perkins as New Member
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), 
>which meets face-to-face semiannually, will hold 
>its 2015 spring meeting May 7–9 in Boston, MA. 
>This meeting will be hosted by National Braille 
>Press (NBP), a BANA member organization. 
>Meetings will take place in the Boston Symphony 
>Orchestra building at 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115.
>Items on the Board’s agenda include updates of 
>BANA’s numerous ongoing projects and the 
>implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB). 
>The Board will review formal reports from all of 
>BANA's technical committees such as music, 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.
>BANA officers for 2015 are Chair Jennifer 
>Dunnam, representing the National Federation of 
>the Blind; Vice Chair Mary Nelle McLennan, from 
>the American Printing House for the Blind; 
>Secretary Ruth Rozen, representing the Hadley 
>School for the Blind; and Treasurer Jackie 
>Sheridan, from National Braille Press.
>The Perkins School for the Blind joined BANA as 
>a full member in January 2015. Kim Charlson will 
>serve as the Perkins representative to the BANA Board.
>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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