[nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Final UEB Transition Forum
dandrews at visi.com
Fri Sep 16 21:01:20 UTC 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 BANAs fall meeting, which will be held
>November 35 in Atlanta, Georgia. Details about
>that meeting will be announced in a separate press release.
>NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on
>the BANA website at
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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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