[Athen] Repost: The ABCs of UEB: New BANA Publication Available

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Fri Jun 27 17:47:04 PDT 2014

Subject: [BANA-Announce] The ABCs of UEB: New BANA Publication Available on

Press Release

June 2014

For Immediate Release


CONTACT: Frances Mary D'Andrea, Chair

Braille Authority of North America

Phone: 412-521-5797

Email: literacy2 at mindspring.com

New Publication-The ABCs of UEB-Available on BANA Website

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is pleased to share a
significant new publication-The ABCs of UEB-authored 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 <http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html>

NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on the BANA website at

For additional resource information, visit www.brailleauthority.org.

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The Board of BANA consists of appointed representatives from seventeen
member organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and

The mission of the Braille Authority of North America is to assure literacy
for tactile readers through the standardization of braille and/or tactile

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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