[blindkid] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA Announces Spring Meeting in St. Louis

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sat Apr 7 16:37:07 UTC 2012

>Press Release
>March 2012
>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 Invites Guests to Spring Board Meeting in St. Louis
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), 
>which meets semiannually, will hold its spring 
>meeting on April 28–30, 2012, in St. Louis, 
>Missouri. This meeting is hosted by the National 
>Braille Association (NBA), a BANA member 
>organization, and will be held following the NBA 
>Conference, which is April 25–28. All meetings 
>will take place at the Hilton St. Louis 
>Frontenac, located at 1335 South Lindbergh Drive, St. Louis, Missouri.
>BANA will host an Open Forum on Saturday 
>morning, April 28, at 9:00 AM. This forum 
>provides an opportunity for participants to 
>learn more about the workings of BANA and to 
>provide feedback to the Board about braille. 
>BANA Board members want to hear participants’ 
>views about issues surrounding braille and its 
>future. Braille readers, teachers, and producers 
>of braille are encouraged to take advantage of 
>this opportunity to participate in a round-table 
>discussion and to engage in a dialogue with the 
>members of the BANA Board. To reserve your space 
>at the Open Forum and to help ensure accurate 
>counts for handouts, contact Frances Mary 
>D’Andrea at 412-521-5797 or by email at 
><mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com.
>Guests are invited to attend the BANA Board 
>meetings and to observe the discussions. Items 
>on the Board’s agenda include reports from all 
>of BANA's committees as well as several 
>presentations in response to BANA's recent 
>article regarding the need for braille code 
>change. Peter Osborne, Chair of the United 
>Kingdom Association for Accessible Formats 
>(UKAAF), will be in attendance and will provide 
>an international perspective. To reserve a seat, 
>please contact BANA Chair Frances Mary D’Andrea.
>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.
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