[nfb-talk] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA Elects Officers, Recognized Board Changes
dandrews at visi.com
Fri Feb 12 05:29:46 UTC 2016
>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
>chair at brailleauthority.org
>BANA Elects Officers, Recognizes Board Changes
>At its November 2015 meeting, the Braille Authority of North America
>(BANA) elected the officers who will serve during the 2016 calendar
>year. The officers are Chair, Jennifer Dunnam (National Federation
>of the Blind); Vice Chair, Sandra Ruconich (American Council of the
>Blind); Secretary, Ruth Rozen (The Hadley School for the Blind);
>Treasurer, Jackie Sheridan (National Braille Press).
>The new year has brought additional Board changes. Diane Wormsley,
>who has represented AER (Association for Education and
>Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired) on the BANA Board
>since 2004, has retired from her professorship at North Carolina
>Central University and is leaving the BANA Board to pursue other
>interests. Diane has co-chaired BANA's research committee, and her
>amazing memory of BANA actions as well as her thoughtful insights
>will be greatly missed.
>Diane's position of AER representative will be filled by Mary Nelle
>McLennan, who has been the representative from the American Printing
>House for the Blind (APH) since 2007 and just completed five years
>as BANA's Vice Chair. Mary Nelle will continue to serve on the
>Board, now representing AER. We are grateful to retain Mary Nelle's
>depth of knowledge and experience and anticipate her continued
>participation and contributions, especially as Chair of BANA's
>Cathy Senft-Graves has been appointed as the new representative from
>APH, where she is the Braille Literacy and Technology Project
>Leader. The BANA Board looks forward to her service.
>BANA's spring meeting will be held May 19-21, 2016, at the Maryland
>School for the Blind in Baltimore. Observers are welcome. This
>meeting will immediately precede the quadrennial meeting on May
>22-26 of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB), which
>will occur at the headquarters of the National Federation of the
>Blind, also in Baltimore. More details about BANA's spring meeting
>will be announced in a forthcoming press release.
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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.
David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
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