[Mdabs] FW: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Spring Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 16:14:26 UTC 2013



Chris Nusbaum, Co-Chair

Public Relations Committee

Maryland Association of Blind Students

Phone: (443) 547-2409


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Subject: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Spring Board Meeting in Washington,


Press Release

March 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 Spring Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), which meets face-to-face
semiannually, will hold its 2013 spring meeting April 11-13 in Washington,
D.C. This meeting is hosted by the National Library Service for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a BANA member organization. Meetings on
April 11 and 12 will take place in the Madison Building at the Library of
Congress, which is located at 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC
20540. Meetings on Saturday, April 13, including an Open Forum, will be held
at the Arlington Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201.

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, formats, and tactile graphics. In-depth
reports will be presented by the BANA Bylaws Committee as well as the
Unified English Braille (UEB) Task Force. To learn the process required to
comply with special security requirements and procedures for entry to
federal buildings and to reserve a seat as an observer, please contact BANA
Chair Frances Mary D'Andrea at 412-521-5797 or by email at
literacy2 at mindspring.com. 

Saturday morning, 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 plans for the
transition to UEB. 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 Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 A.M to 12:00 noon at the
Arlington Public Library. A meet-and-greet time with snacks will begin at
10:00 A.M. To reserve your space at the Open Forum and to help ensure
accurate counts for handouts, contact Frances Mary D'Andrea.

For additional resource information, visit
<http://www.brailleauthority.org/> www.brailleauthority.org

The Board of BANA consists of appointed representatives from fifteen member
organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and consumers.

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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