Unified English Braille Code (UEB)
On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) passed the motion to officially adopt the Unified English Braille code or UEB in the United States. In November 2013, BANA affirmed January 4, 2016 as the date by which the United States will implement the general use of the UEB. This action was based on a year of dialogue and planning that included the UEB Transition Forum, held on October 16, 2013. The forum involved 48 delegates representing 31 organizations from the braille community. Read more here.
The IERC has been preparing for the rollout of UEB since 2012. Our braille transcribers have trained and received certification in the new code and have actively been transcribing instructional materials in UEB. The IERC has worked closely with the Indiana State University Blumberg Center, PASS Project, to develop and conduct training for teachers and paraprofessionals who will be responsible for instructing our braille readers in the new code. Student instruction has begun for all grades and the IERC is transcribing all new requests in UEB and UEB/Nemeth.
Using Word and Duxbury to Create Braille Documents: PowerPoint Presentations and Handouts
Duxbury BANA Template Part I
Duxbury BANA Template Part II
Part II Handouts
Example 1 Paragraphs
Example 2 Lists
Example 3 Directions with Exercise Sentences
Example 4 Multiple Choice
Student Instruction Programs
Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts – reading, writing, and spelling. The BOP series addresses phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary. It is currently being updated for the UEB. Available from the American Printing House for the Blind.www.aph.org.
BRAILLE TOO: THE NEXT GENERATION
The long-awaited revision of the 1994 Braille Too curriculum is here! Like BRL2 Publishing’s previous products, it will be available exclusively in digital format on a USB drive, which will allow an individual teacher to print/emboss whatever copies they need for themselves and their students.
Braille Too: The Next Generation retains the format and some of the content of the original curriculum but has changed and added content, which has been reorganized from 10 units in the original to 11 units in Braille Too: The Next Generation in order to accommodate the many symbols added in Unified English Braille. The teacher’s edition (available in either print or braille) contains over 1,000 pages, with over 600 pages of student braille reading exercises and 200 pages of large print writing exercises. Braille student and teacher editions are provided in both Duxbury and BRF formats so they can either be embossed or used on a refreshable braille device.
An introductory price of $400 for the complete curriculum with print teacher’s edition ($500 with braille teacher’s edition) is guaranteed through the end of 2017. Shipping is currently $2.67 for up to 4 USB drives in the same mailer (shipping rates subject to change by the USPS). Purchase orders can be e-mailed to email@example.com; checks or money orders can be mailed to the address below. (No credit cards accepted at this time.)
For shipping rates on more than 4 copies, rates on insurance (which is optional), or other information regarding Braille Too: The Next Generation, please contact BRL2 Publishing at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-572-5427.
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Braille FUNdamentals is a comprehensive program for teaching the Braille code. It is currently being revised for the UEB. The sequence for introducing the Braille configurations has been organized into 56 clusters of letters, numerals, contractions, short forms, punctuation and special signs, with specific clusters devoted to the reading and writing practice of previously learned contractions. Also included in this curriculum are a Pre-Braille Assessment, Braille Checklists and ideas for games. This program can be used with beginning braille readers, as well as those readers who need to learn braille when they are older.
Paths To Literacy UEB Lessons
The staff at Paths to Literacy for Student Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired have been creating and adding new UEB lessons to their website. These lessons are focused on helping older students make the transition from EBAE to UEB. http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/search/node/ueb
Duxbury's one-page chart listing the contractions and short forms in alphabetical order:http://duxburysystems.com/images/ueb_black.pdf
Aroga Technologies UEB Chart
Aroga Technologies presents the UEB contractions and symbols by category:http://www.aroga.com/unified-english-braille-chart-tabloid-11-x-17-pdf-format/
This is a revision of the provisional guidance issued earlier by BANA regarding the method of switching between the Nemeth Code and Unified English Braille.
Music Braille Code 2015
To access the Music Braille Code in a PDF file, go to http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/Music_Braille_Code_2015.pdf.
To access the Music braille Code in a BRF file, go to http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/music.html.
UEB Tutorials and Resources
Information from the Braille Authority of North America (BANA)
Wisconsin UEB online series
Unified English Braille Online Training (UEBOT): Presented by Northern Illinois University
Unified English Braille through a Powerful and Responsive eLearning Platform (UEB PREP) Presented by Portland State University
UEB Rules and Guidelines
If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Durst at 317-554-2740 or 800-833-2198: email: Leslie Durst For information on trainings, contact Robin Thoma at Robin.Thoma@indstate.edu