IERC Indiana UEB Position Statement

UEB Transition and Implementation in Indiana
Indiana Educational Resource Center/ICAM
Position Statement for the Provision of Materials

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is the official governing body for braille in the United States. In November 2012, BANA voted to adopt Unified English Braille (UEB) to replace the current English Braille American Edition (EBAE) in the United States while maintaining the use of the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision, the Music Braille Code 1997, and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Braille Code, 2008. The UEB will replace the English Braille American Edition (EBAE). The full motion is posted on the BANA website at

BANA, at its November 2013 meeting, affirmed January 4, 2016, (Louis Braille’s birthday) as the date by which the United States will implement the general use of Unified English Braille (UEB). This action was based on a year of dialogue and planning that included the UEB Transition Forum, held on October 16, 2013. For more information visit the BANA website at

Textbooks and other instructional materials for students who are blind or have low vision will be provided by the Indiana Educational Resource Center (IERC) via the Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM), per the approved UEB Timeline for Implementation in Indiana, and as indicated below:

The IERC is committed to providing access to instructional materials in braille for students who are blind or have low vision, per their IEP, and will continue to work together with schools towards a smooth transition to the UEB.

Transition will be a gradual process over the next few of years.  Implementation will involve the collaboration of state and national partners and may change as state and national information changes or becomes available.  Indiana is anticipating full implementation for the 2018-2019 school year.