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.

Indiana UEB Implementation Timeline Webpage     PDF
Indiana UEB Position Statement Webpage     PDF
Indiana Nemeth or UEB: Factors and Considerations for Math Code PDF
UEB and Nemeth Code Power Point  PDF 


UEB Ready? Webinars

  • UEB Ready? Unified English Braille – A Webinar for Directors of Special Education.This webinar is intended to be an introduction to Unified English Braille and answers questions and concerns specific to Directors of Special Education. https://tegr.it/y/1hqfn


Using Duxbury Software to Create Braille Documents Webinar 2017 Pass Project


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)

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.


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 info@brl2.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 info@brl2.com or call 801-572-5427.

BRL2 Publishing
11647 S 2220 E
Sandy, UT 84092

Braille FUNdamentals

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

UEB Charts

Duxbury UEB Chart
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/

Nemeth-UEB Guidance

Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts

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

BANA is pleased to announce the publication of the new Music Braille Code, 2015. This completely revised publication is available for free download in two electronic versions: PDF and BRF. Hardcopy versions will also be produced and sold by the American Printing House for the Blind.

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

  • Scalar’s Publishing :
    • Ashcroft’s Programmed Instruction: Unified English Braille ISBN 978-0-9960353-0-9 $98.50
    • Ashcroft’s Programmed Instruction Companion Reader: Unified English Braille ISBN 978-0-9960353-2-3 $38.50
  • Hadley School for the Blind will provide distance education courses on the UEB beginning in January of 2015. These will be available free through their Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE) and the High School Program, or for a fee for professionals seeking CEU credits through their Hadley School for Professional Studies Program (HSPS). The HSPS program provides a certificate for successful completion of the course which notes the CEUs, grade, date completed. It is not based on a semester enrollment, but is an open enrollment.
  • Transcriber’s UEB Course (CNIB) - a self-directed course, covering eleven topics with fifteen practice exercises, for transcribers, proofreaders and BLV/TVI’s.
  • UEB Online, Braille Training for Sighted Learners - a training program created by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre, Australia. Appropriate for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other professionals.

Information from the Braille Authority of North America (BANA)

Learn UEB

  • NLS Braille Transcriber Course - For information about the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) braille transcriber course: https://nfb.org/braille-transcribing
  • UEB Online - New online UEB course from the RIDBC in Sydney, designed for sighted readers

Wisconsin UEB online series
  • Introduction to Unified English Braille
  • Unified English Braille for Transcribers
  • Unified English Braille for Vision Teachers

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
    • Target audience: Consumers who are blind and visually impaired, family members of individuals who are visually impaired, professionals who work with those who are visually impaired
    • Pilot in September 2015 to train those currently familiar with EBAE
    Arizona Braille Consortium (ABC) UEB Information Page

    UEB Rules and Guidelines

    UEB Apps

    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 

    To read more about the UEB, please visit BANA or International Council on English Braille.