[nfb-talk] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA Announces Fall Board Meeting in Los Angeles

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Tue Oct 2 01:39:13 UTC 2012

>Press Release
>September 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 to Hold Fall Board Meeting in Los Angeles
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), 
>which meets face-to-face semiannually, will hold 
>its fall meeting on November 2–4, 2012, in Los 
>Angeles, CA. This meeting is hosted by the 
>Braille Institute of America (BIA), a BANA 
>member organization. Meetings on November 2, 
>including an Open Forum, will take place at the 
>BIA, which is located at 741 North Vermont 
>Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. Meetings on November 
>3 and 4 will be held at the Los Angeles Marriot 
>Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center 
>located at 2500 North Hollywood Way in Burbank.
>BANA will host an Open Forum on Friday morning, 
>November 2, from 10:00 AM until 12:00. The first 
>half-hour will be an informal reception with 
>coffee provided. This forum is the venue for 
>participants to ask questions and discuss 
>braille with the Board and to learn more about 
>the workings of BANA. Members of the BANA Board 
>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 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.
>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 committees as well as votes pertaining to 
>the future of braille codes in the United 
>States. One direction under consideration is the 
>adoption of Unified English Braille while 
>maintaining the Nemeth Code. To reserve a seat 
>as an observer, 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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