[nfb-talk] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA Press Release: Recent Actions of Spring 2014 Meeting
dandrews at visi.com
Tue May 13 19:47:03 UTC 2014
>From: "Mary Nelle McLennan" <mary.nelle at earthlink.net>
>To: <bana-announce at brailleauthority.org>
>Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 12:45:30 -0400
>Subject: [BANA-Announce] BANA Press Release: Recent Actions of Spring 2014
>For Immediate Release
>CONTACT: Frances Mary DAndrea, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
>Email: <mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com
>Recent Actions: BANA Held Spring Meeting in Philadelphia
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA)
>held its 2014 spring meeting April 3 5 in
>Philadelphia, PA. Associated Services for the
>Blind and Visually Impaired, (ASB), a BANA
>member organization, hosted the meeting. All sessions were held at ASB.
>During its three-day meeting, the BANA Board
>reviewed and acted on semiannual reports from
>its eighteen committees, considered committee
>recommendations, and deliberated issues and
>challenges facing braille users and producers.
>The UEB Task Force reported on the development
>of a plan for the transition to UEB in the
>United States as well as the collaborative steps
>that have been taken to initiate dialogue and
>planning among the various braille communities.
>The development of resources for training
>teachers, transcribers, consumers, and family
>members is a focus of BANAs efforts at this time.
>BANA welcomed three new organizational
>representatives to their first meeting as
>members of the Board. Dawn Gross is the new
>representative from the Alternate Text
>Production Center of the California Community
>Colleges (ATPC). Peggy Schuetz now represents
>the California Transcribers and Educators of the
>Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI). Kyle Key
>has recently been appointed as the
>representative from the Clovernook Center for the Blind.
>In addition to extensive deliberations involved
>in the 44-item meeting agenda, actions of note included the following:
>Revisited and revised organizational priorities
>in order to balance BANAs work during this time
>of focus on the transition to UEB.
>Approved a recommendation from the Tactile
>Graphics Technical Committee that any braille
>volume containing one or more tactile graphics
>should contain a note on the Transcribers Notes
>page stating: The Guidelines and Standards for
>Tactile Graphics, 2010 was used in the preparation of the tactile graphics.
>Approved a document detailing specific factors
>and specifications that should be employed when
>producing braille signage. This new fact sheet
>will be posted on the BANA website.
>Voted that, in light of the major revision
>underway to align the Braille Formats
>publication with UEB, BANA will not produce for
>sale hardcopy editions of Braille Formats 2011,
>which can be downloaded free of charge from the
>BANA website and printed or embossed. The Board
>also voted to add the recently posted errata in
>the HTML, PDF, and BRF files of Braille Formats
>2011 that are posted on the BANA website. These
>decisions followed an extensive deliberation of
>the complex issues impacting BANAs current
>obligations and resources. NOTE: Braille Formats
>2011 went into effect in January 1, 2013.
>Materials now being transcribed should follow these guidelines.
>On Saturday morning, BANA hosted an Open Forum,
>which was well attended by individuals from the
>Philadelphia community. BANA Board members and
>forum participants enjoyed reading example
>documents transcribed in Unified English Braille
>and discussing the characteristics of the code.
>They also discussed the progress of the
>transition to UEB as well as ongoing plans for
>informing braille readers and preparing
>educators and transcribers about specific code changes.
>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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