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BVI/Braille Forum: Stakeholder Feedback

  • March 28th, 2018
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The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) voted on November 2, 2012 to adopt UEB as the official braille code of North America. BANA is the organization charged with promoting and facilitating the uses, teaching, and production of braille. Since the 2012 adoption of UEB, BANA has been working towards implementation of UEB in four phases. Phase four adopted UEB as the official braille code on January 4, 2016.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently held four statewide stakeholder forums to gather verbal input that will assist with the continued implementation of the UEB transition plan. In addition to gathering verbal input, written comments will be accepted.

The brief webinar located on this page provides information that includes an historical overview of the factors that led to the adoption of UEB, a contrast of the key features of the braille codes currently used for math and technical content in the United States, and an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on Pennsylvania’s UEB implementation for math and technical content through the input questions that were asked.

What would be the impact of using UEB for math and technical materials?

What would be the impact of using Nemeth Code with UEB for math and technical materials?

What would be the impact if Pennsylvania continued to support both full UEB and the Nemeth Code with UEB for math and technical materials?

Written feedback may be submitted by email to ra-edbvibraille@pa.gov. All comments will be read and considered in the development of the state plan on the use of full UEB and Nemeth Code with UEB for math and technical materials. Written comments will be accepted from May 12, 2018 until May 25, 2018.

To find out more about the Unified English Braille (UEB) transition plan, view this video:

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