[Nfbnet-members-list] The ABCs of UEB: New BANA Publication Available on Website

Mary Nelle McLennan via BANA-Announce bana-announce at brailleauthority.org
Fri Jun 27 21:00:35 UTC 2014


Press Release
June 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
New Publication­The ABCs of UEB­Available on BANA Website
The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is 
pleased to share a significant new 
publication­The ABCs of UEB­authored by Constance 
Risjord. This publication outlines the major 
differences between English Braille, American 
Edition (EBAE) and Unified English Braille (UEB). 
Although this is not a comprehensive instruction 
manual, it provides examples and practice 
exercises that allow people who already know EBAE 
to quickly build on their knowledge of braille to 
understand UEB. This is an extremely valuable 
resource that will help braille readers, 
transcribers, teachers, and families make the transition to UEB.
BANA sincerely appreciates the work of Constance 
Risjord who volunteered to design and create this 
valuable project. We recognize and thank her for 
the contribution of her time, energy, and expertise.
The ABCs of UEB is available in PDF, BRF, and 
HTML formats on the BANA website at 

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.

Mary Nelle McLennan, M.A.
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
APH Representatiave to Braille Authority of North America
Vice Chair, Braille Authority of North America
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