Braille@nbpcb.org braille at nbpcb.org
Sat May 3 12:29:29 UTC 2014

         The National Blindness Professional Certification Board 
(NBPCB) would like to announce a new certification being offered 
beginning January 2015: the National Certification in Unified English 
Braille (NCUEB). Although this certification is intended primarily 
for professionals in the blindness field, anyone is welcome to take 
the test, and there are no prerequisites other than knowledge of the 
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Since the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), the governing 
authority of the braille code in the United States, has set January 
4, 2016 as the official conversion date to Unified English Braille 
(UEB), the National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) will no 
longer be offered as of January 1, 2015.  Obviously, there will still 
be a great deal of material in circulation for many years to come 
that has been transcribed in Literary Braille, and we recognize that 
many professionals may be interested in becoming certified in both 
UEB and Literary Braille, so we have scheduled a number of testing 
opportunities for the NCLB certification in 2014. All registration 
information is located at: <http://www.nbpcb.org/nclb>www.nbpcb.org/nclb

2014 Test Dates for National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB)

May 17         Southern Arizona Association for the Visually 
Impaired, Tucson, AZ

May 31         Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and 
Vision Impaired, Richmond, VA

June 11         Iowa Department for the Blind, Des Moines, IA

Sept. 13        San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind, San Francisco, CA

Sept. 27        BLIND Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Oct. 10          Embassy Suites LAX South, Los Angeles, CA

Anyone holding NCLB certification at the end of 2014 will continue to 
maintain their status until the expiration date on their most recent 
certificate. If your agency or organization would be interested in 
scheduling an exam in your area, please contact us.

The NBPCB, along with many other organizations whose work involves 
all aspects of the learning, teaching, and production of braille, are 
committed to ensuring that the transition from Literary Braille to 
UEB will be a smooth one. To this end, many workshops will be held 
throughout the country to offer an opportunity for both professionals 
and consumers to become familiar with UEB. Please consult our website 
often for information regarding scheduled workshops sponsored by the NBPCB.

For questions regarding any aspects of NCUEB or becoming dually 
certified in both the Unified English Braille and Literary Braille, 
please contact us at <mailto:braille at nbpcb.org>braille at nbpcb.org.


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