[Nfbnet-members-list] BANA Open Forum in Arlington, VA - April 13

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Tue Mar 26 01:35:32 UTC 2013

>Press Release
>March 22, 2013
>For Immediate Release
>CONTACT: Frances Mary D'Andrea, Chair
>Braille Authority of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = 
>"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /> North America
>Phone: 412-521-5797
>Email: <mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com
>BANA to Hold Spring Open Forum at Arlington Public Library
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) will host an Open 
>Forum on Saturday, April 13, at the Arlington Public Library in 
>Arlington, VA. BANA invites all who are interested in braille and 
>its future. Braille readers, teachers, and students as well as 
>producers and distributors of braille are encouraged to join this 
>round-table discussion.
>This venue will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss 
>many aspects of braille and to learn more about the workings of 
>BANA. Members of the BANA Board will discuss the planning underway 
>for the transition to Unified English Braille (UEB). BANA is seeking 
>input from the various communities involved in braille, and forum 
>participants are invited to share their views and suggestions 
>surrounding transition planning.
>The Open Forum will be held Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 A.M to 
>12:00 noon at the Arlington Public Library, which is located at 1015 
>N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201. A meet-and-greet time with 
>snacks will begin at 10:00 A.M. To reserve your space at the Open 
>Forum and to help ensure accurate counts for handouts, contact BANA 
>Chair Frances Mary D'Andrea at 412-521-5797 or by email at 
><mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com.
>The spring meeting of the BANA Board will precede the Open Forum and 
>will be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on April 
>11 and 12.
>For additional resource information, visit 
>The Board of BANA consists of appointed representatives from fifteen 
>member organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, 
>and consumers.
>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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