Unified English Braille: Final Take Training, Updates, and Implementation-A Hands-on Experience

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Session Dates

Wednesday September 07, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday September 08, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


This 2-day workshop is offered in order for Pennsylvania teachers of students with visual impairments to receive training on the Unified English Braille (UEB) code that has been implemented in the United States on January 4, 2016. An explanation of the changes between UEB and current code will be provided and discussed. On each day, participants will have the opportunity for hands-on practice of various UEB examples with discussion to follow. The first day will focus on “literary” materials while the second day will focus more on technical materials. Example documents transcribed in UEB will be reviewed. Participants will also engage in a discussion regarding the Pennsylvania proposed state implementation plan.


Participants will: Day 1

  1. Describe the changes between current code and UEB: impetus for the changes in the code and implications for braille instruction and transcription
  2. Explain the rationale for UEB development
  3. Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of UEB by brailling example sentences

Day 2
  1. Review UEB math basics and demonstrate understanding by brailling example problems
  2. Review the BANA Nemeth-UEB provisional guidance document and its impact on math materials
  3. Describe current status of UEB in United States and other countries
  4. Identify implementation efforts in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania in particular

Target Audience

Teachers, speech and language clinicians, audiologists, paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, consultants, service coordinators, and administrators are invited to attend

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Visual Impairment/Blind

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Dr. Frances Mary D´Andrea

Event Contact:


Patty Panuccio


Lynn Fox