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UEB Math vs. Nemeth

Carlton Walker

As the transition to UEB (Unified English Braille) approaches, there are still some questions about what this means for math.  Carlton Anne Cook Walker is the manager of Braille Education programs at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. In this article in the Braille Monitor (December 2015) she writes to express the concern of the National Federation of the Blind about the lack of standardization in the states in mathematics textbooks. She explores the issue of the Unified English Braille Code and the Nemeth Code in this article.



Who wants UEB Math?

Posted by Paul

Posted on December 9, 2015
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for UEB Math vs. Nemeth

Charlotte Cushman commented on March 15, 2017

Hello Paul,

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is the primary proponent of UEB Math.  The reasoning behind the adoption of UEB Math is to bring the United States into alignment with other English speaking countries, who have already adopted UEB and do not use Nemeth.

Proponents also point out that UEB is designed to unify signs across literary and mathematical contexts. Numbers, signs of operation and comparison are the same in literary and mathematic textbooks. 

Paul commented on March 15, 2017

Great article. Explains the issue very well. Thank you. Who is pursing for UEB math and why would they be doing that against the overwhelming recommendations of the stakeholders?