[nfb-talk] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Hold Fall Meeting in Alexandria, VA
dandrews at visi.com
Wed Oct 8 01:09:25 UTC 2014
>For Immediate Release
>CONTACT: Frances Mary DAndrea, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
>Email: <mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com
>BANA to Hold 2014 Fall Meeting in Alexandria, VA, November 79
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA),
>which meets face-to-face semiannually, will hold
>its 2014 fall meeting November 79 in
>Alexandria, VA. This meeting will be hosted by
>the Association for Education and Rehabilitation
>of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), a BANA
>member organization. Meetingsincluding an Open
>Forum on Saturday, November 8will take place at
>the AER headquarters, which is located at 1703
>N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440, Alexandria, VA 22311.
>Items on the Boards agenda include updates of
>BANAs numerous ongoing projects. The Board will
>review formal reports from all of BANA's
>technical committees such as music, math,
>foreign language, and tactile graphics and will
>take action on recommendations when appropriate.
>As always, interested parties are invited to
>observe the BANA Board meetings. If you are
>interested in observing the BANA meeting, please
>contact BANA Chair Frances Mary DAndrea at
>412-521-5797 or by email at
><mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com.
>On Saturday, November 8, from 10:00 AM to 12:00
>PM, BANA will host an Open Forum at the AER
>headquarters. The Open Forum agenda will include
>an overview of progress made toward the
>transition to Unified English Braille, as well
>as ongoing plans for informing braille readers
>and preparing educators and transcribers about
>specific code changes. Participants will also be
>given the opportunity to read and discuss example documents transcribed in UEB.
>This event provides a venue for participants to
>discuss braille with the Board and to learn more
>about the workings of BANA. Open Forum
>participants are encouraged to express 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.
>To reserve your space at the Open Forum and to
>help ensure accurate counts for handouts,
>contact Frances Mary DAndrea as indicated above.
>NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on
>the BANA website at
>For additional resource information, visit
>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.
>BANA-Announce mailing list
>BANA-Announce at brailleauthority.org
David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
E-Mail: dandrews at visi.com or david.andrews at nfbnet.org
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