[nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Final UEB Transition Forum

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Fri Sep 16 21:01:20 UTC 2016

>BANA logo
>Press Release
>September 2016
>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
>chair at brailleauthority.org
>BANA to Hold Final UEB Transition Forum
>Preceding 2016 APH Annual Meeting
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) 
>will hold its fourth and final UEB Transition 
>Forum October 6, 2016, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
>at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, 
>Kentucky. This forum will immediately precede 
>the 148th Annual Meeting of the American 
>Printing House for the Blind (APH). Delegates 
>from more than 30 agencies and organizations 
>from throughout the braille community have been 
>invited to share successful strategies and ways 
>of supporting each other as they continue to 
>move through the implementation of Unified 
>English Braille (UEB). BANA will report the 
>results of a recent survey of forum delegates 
>regarding experiences they encountered in their 
>transition to UEB. BANA conducted the survey to 
>determine what has gone well, where the 
>challenges lie, and how BANA can provide support.
>Delegates to the forum are appointed by each 
>respective agency. Observers are welcome to 
>audit the proceedings. Individuals are asked to 
>notify BANA if they plan to observe.
>The BANA Board meets face-to-face semiannually. 
>The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will 
>host BANA’s fall meeting, which will be held 
>November 3–5 in Atlanta, Georgia. Details about 
>that meeting will be announced in a separate press release.
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>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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