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Resources for Learning Unified English Braille (UEB)

I Love UEB braceletsJanuary 4, 2016 was the official implementation date for Unified English Braille (UEB) in the United States, replacing English Braille American Edition (EBAE) at that time.  This date was selected because it is also the birthday of Louis Braille and World Braille Day.  This page offers links to various resources about the changes in the braille code, including tools for learning more, tips for remembering the changes, and lessons to help braille students make the transition to UEB.

 

What is UEB?

Unified English Braille is a code developed by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) to bring together several existing braille codes into one unified code for the English-speaking world.  The proliferation of different braille codes has long been recognized as a problem and the adoption of UEB seeks to simplify the issue by creating a standard code for braille in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Nigeria, and Singapore. The unified code can be used for both literary and technical materials.

 

How is the transition occurring?

The transition has already taken place in much of the world, and the adoption of UEB by the United States in 2016 completed the implementation across the English-speaking world.  The transition itself was a complex one, as it necessitated training and changes in many areas, including training teachers and transcribers, updating braille users, including adults and students, and publishing new textbooks and instructional materials. More information about transition plans can be found on the BANA (Braille Authority of North America) site:  Planning the Implementation of UEB

A young boy reads braille books on the floor

Rules and Guidelines for UEB

ICEB_logoEach of the ICEB member nations has a braille authority, which governs the transition, as well as the rules and guidelines in their region or country. 

 

International Council on English Braille (ICEB):  Unified English Braille (UEB)

The member nations include:

 

Overview of the rules and changes in UEB:

ABCs of UEB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources for Learning UEB

There are different reasons for wanting to learning UEB, and different types of students.  The resources listed here are for those who are already proficient in EBAE (English Braille American Edition), for transcribers, and for school-age students using braille.

Online Classes for Adults

 

Online Classes for Braille Transcribers

 

Teaching Braille Students to Make the Transition from EBAE to UEB

Girl with glasses using Perkins braillerUEB Curriculum for Braille Students is a series of ten lessons to teach students who are braille readers to make the transition to UEB.  All lessons are by Catherine Summ and Suzanne Cappiello, who both work as Education Consultants for the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS-BESB) in CT.  Lessons include:

 

BRL2 Publishing:  Braille Literacy Materials for Teachers of the Visually Impaired
UEB Too is a program designed to teach UEB to students. It can either be used in conjunction with the original Braille Too curriculum for students learning braille with Braille Too, or used as a stand-alone program with students who are already competent readers in EBAE. It is on a USB drive that includes both the print for teachers and the braille (in Duxbury) for students, allowing individual teachers to make multiple copies if they need them (although copyright restrictions require each teacher to have their own USB drive). The cost is $60 plus shipping.
 

 

Video:  Unified English Braille: An Introduction

UEB: An Introduction cover photo

Introduction to Unified English Braille  is a six-part video series from Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired that provides an overview of the changes that come with the transition to Unified English Braille.

 

 

 

Student reading braille paper

 

Welcome to UEB braille code collage

Comments

Braille Wristbands

Posted by Richard Mak

Braille Bands

Posted by David Polidan

UEB cheat sheet for blind students

Posted by David Scherer

Posted on January 4, 2016
Updated on: March 4, 2022

Previous comments for Resources for Learning Unified English Braille (UEB)

Charlotte Cushman commented on February 8, 2017

Try this page from BANA:  Resources Suggested for Adults Who Read Braille  A number of these have BRF files that can be used with braille readers.

 
David Scherer commented on February 7, 2017

I am looking for a UEB cheat sheet to give to blind students to help them learn the new code. I can find plenty of cheat sheets for sighted readers, but none for blind readers. Can you help?

David Polidan commented on December 7, 2016

I have good experience with https://www.wristbandbuddy.com They have special offer for NGO's and provide 100 free wristbands with purchase of 100 or more bands. Have a look at website if option is still available.

Richard Mak commented on November 17, 2016

You can also order braille by contacting the folks at https://www.sleekwristbands.com/
They also donate towards children education every order :)

Charlotte@Perkins commented on January 5, 2016

A number of you have contacted us to ask where these great braille bracelets are from that say "I love UEB".  They were ordered through Rapid Wristbands https://www.rapidwristbands.com/