[nfb-talk] [BANA-Announce] BANA Offers New Publication: The UEB Reader

Mary Nelle McLennan via BANA-Announce bana-announce at brailleauthority.org
Thu Oct 16 22:17:54 UTC 2014

Press Release

October 15, 2014

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 Offers New Publication­The UEB Reader

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is 
pleased to make available The UEB Reader, a 
resource designed to introduce braille readers to 
Unified English Braille (UEB). This introductory 
hardcopy braille booklet incorporates into one 
document several key resources found on the BANA 
website. The UEB Reader is available free of charge upon request.

The UEB Reader includes content from BANA’s 
publication, Overview of Changes from Current 
Literary Braille to UEB, plus several example 
documents transcribed in UEB for readers to use 
as practice. This resource was compiled to help 
current braille readers become more familiar with 
UEB and to assist braille readers, transcribers, 
teachers, and families as they make the transition to UEB.

To receive a free braille copy of The UEB Reader, 
contact Kim Charlson at 
<mailto:kim.charlson at perkins.org>kim.charlson at perkins.org 
with your name and address for mailing purposes. 
Requests for the UEB Reader including your name, 
address, and phone number can also be left on the 
UEB Information Line at 617-972-7248.

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.

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