Unified Braille for All » In the News, What’s current and Hot! http://unifiedbrailleforall.com Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:43:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BANA Prepares to Betray the Blind UBA Press http://unifiedbrailleforall.com/bana-prepares-to-betray-the-blind-uba-press/ http://unifiedbrailleforall.com/bana-prepares-to-betray-the-blind-uba-press/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 03:29:11 +0000 http://www.unifiedbrailleforall.com/?p=147

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BANA PREPARES TO BETRAY THE BLIND

UBA Press

August 17, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yesterday, the Braille Authority of North America issued a press release in which they indicate that a vote will be taken to decide whether to adopt Unified English Braille (UEB) during their November meeting inSan Diego. This news comes as a surprise to many who believed that the stage had been set for changes and modifications to UEB that would incorporate Nemeth Code within UEB. This was requested by the American Council of the Blind at its summer conference and convention inLouisville,KY. Approval by ACB’s representative to BANA was conditioned on such incorporation.

 

“Either BANA has misinterpreted ACB’s conditional approval of UEB or it has decided to move ahead anyway,” said Chris Gray, a participant in ACB’s resolution debate and other business regarding ACB’s conditional approval of UEB. “To take a deciding vote in November simply gives BANA no time to hold any meaningful discussions or consideration of ACB’s provisos.”

 

In addition to ACB’s resolution which has not yet been released for public examination, Gray made a motion that a technical committee be set up within ACB to advise its representative, Kim Charlson, on the effectiveness of whatever technique would be used by BANA to incorporate Nemeth Code into UEB. During the debate on the motion to establish this group, Charlson informed the body that she had been contacted by BANA’s Chair and assured that work was already under way to establish a working group to study this issue.

 

“Incorporating Nemeth Code into UEB, if it’s going to be effective, will take time and careful study” says Gray. “It is inconceivable that such an effort could be planned and executed in less than five months after ACB’s provisions were put forward. It seems pretty clear that BANA has chosen to move ahead despite ACB’s resolution.”

 

In the coming days, strong reactions and commentary are expected. UBA Press will be watching these and keeping you informed of this situation.

 

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BRAILLE AUTHORITY OF NORTH AMERICA ATTACKS TEACHER OF THE BLIND UBA Press http://unifiedbrailleforall.com/braille-authority-of-north-america-attacks-teacher-of-the-blind-uba-press/ http://unifiedbrailleforall.com/braille-authority-of-north-america-attacks-teacher-of-the-blind-uba-press/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:27:31 +0000 http://www.unifiedbrailleforall.com/?p=138

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BRAILLE AUTHORITY OF NORTH AMERICA ATTACKS TEACHER OF THE BLIND

UBA Press
June 29, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In a move that shocked even veteran BANA watchers, UBA Press has learned that the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) appears to have attacked a teacher of blind children in a letter delivered to the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB) dated February 26, 2012. In the letter, BANA accuses a Texas teacher of the blind of delivering inaccurate and untimely information in the form of a circular to her teaching colleagues around the country. The letter is signed by three key BANA members, one braille reader and two who are not braille readers.

UBA Press has reviewed the allegedly incorrect information and finds it not to be outdated or inaccurate as claimed by BANA. In addition, the data was carefully reviewed by a knowledgeable third party to be completely certain about its accuracy.

The Texas math teacher, Maylene Bird of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, has become increasingly concerned about the likely harmful effects to her students with the potential adoption of the Unified English Braille code (UEB). “I am deeply concerned that this proposed code will make it much harder for my braille reading students to achieve their true potential in math and science,” says Bird.

Recently, she distributed information in the form of a circular that compares the proposed UEB code to the currently-used Nemeth code for the presentation of mathematics. The comparison demonstrates clearly the greatly increased number of braille characters necessary to present material in UEB when compared to currently used braille in the United States.

For example, one quite simple equation can be displayed today with ten braille cells. With UEB, seventeen cells are necessary. In another example showing a simple subscript problem with an identifier, the current code requires 12 braille cells while UEB requires 23. The concern here is that all these extra dots and cells likely places excessive load in a student’s mind on reading the braille rather than learning the math. For a print and braille version of the circulated material, go here.

In a move that could be construed to damage her credibility with her superiors and colleagues, BANA struck out by accusing her of distributing material that was ten years out-of-date. However, Bird states that this circular was developed using the 2010 rules and symbol set for UEB. Further, BANA provides no evidence or examples in their letter showing errors in the circulated material. Again, UBA Press has carefully investigated the circular and finds no errors such as those claimed by BANA.

UBA Press contacted the Chairperson of BANA, Frances Mary D’Andrea, to ask for BANA’s explanation of the situation. She indicated that BANA had responded to a request from a person she named who is well-respected in the braille community in sending the letter. However, the BANA letter mentions no such request and has every indication of being unsolicited. In an email exchange on the subject of the BANA letter, the person she referenced made no mention of such a request when asked about it.

“I’m quite surprised by this action,” said veteran BANA watcher and former member, Chris Gray. “I may have my quarrels regarding UEB,” he continued, “but I don’t recall BANA’S ever directly or personally attacking an educator of blind kids or a braille transcriber in a public letter. It’s a sad day, really!”

UBA Press will continue to follow up and report on this story. The BANA letter contains twelve specific points for consideration related to the possible adoption of UEB. We will be analyzing each point in upcoming articles and posts on the Unified Braille For All website.

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National Braille Technical Committee Prepares Presentation To Bana http://unifiedbrailleforall.com/national-braille-technical-committee-prepares-presentation-to-bana/ http://unifiedbrailleforall.com/national-braille-technical-committee-prepares-presentation-to-bana/#comments Sat, 05 May 2012 17:07:33 +0000 http://www.unifiedbrailleforall.com/?p=69

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Unified Braille for All Offers Comprehensive Referral Library

June 18, 2012

For Immediate Release…

The Unified Braille for All website is pleased to announce that now we have the most comprehensive set of code books and training on Unified English Braille and the Nemeth Uniform Braille System anywhere in the world. Much of this material has been scattered around the web and available on
request from individual sources. Now, it is all available in one place for easy downloading and use.

“we have known for some time that a huge proboem in evaluating these two approaches for unifying braille codes in the United States is that the materials were scattered all over the United States, and in the case of one code, all over the English-speaking world with little understanding by most of how to get the information” said Chris Gray owner of the UBA website. “Getting this data into one place and one forum was critical for people to begin to study it and understand the implications of each
approach to unification.

All completed and important code documents are available in the Key Downloads Section at http://unifiedbrailleforall.com and we strongly urge you to study this material. It is the contention of UBA Press that if we are to improve braillle, the first step is to understand the approaches to braille unification and then accept the one that supports all readers of braille in the most optimal way possible.

Check out this critically important section of material to begin improving or enhancing your understanding of what braille unification means and how it reads under your fingers. After all, isn’t that the most important factor here?

For more detail and comprehensive background information on braille and braille unification, visit us on the web at http://www.unifiedbrailleforall.com or on Twitter at “unifiedbraille. You can also subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email note to uba-join@moblind.org. Copyright (c) 2012 Unified Braille for All

UBA Press

April 25, 2012

For Immediate Release

The National Technical Braille Committee is finalizing materials today to present to the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) at its meeting in St. Louis on the afternoon of April 28, 2012.  The committee is composed of educators of the blind, braille proofreaders and technical braille users in the United States.

The committee will provide a series of modules discussing the presentation of technical braille materials for BANA’s consideration.  Focus is on math, science, chemistry and computer braille.  Discussion highlights on differences in Unified English Braille and the Nemeth Code, UEB comparisons to the Nemeth Code, the Nemeth Uniform Braille System, and the need to achieve the right balance if a transition is to occur between the current BANA adopted Computer Braille Code and any new system of unified braille.

The National Technical Braille Committee is dedicated to providing braille readers with a robust, readable system of braille that maximizes learning.  While committee focus is on technical material, the committee also recognizes and strives to preserve an optimal reading medium and environment for all braille readers at every level.

For more detail and comprehensive background information on braille and braille unification, visit us on the web at http://www.unifiedbrailleforall.com or on Twitter at unifiedbrailleforall. You can also subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email note to uba-join@moblind.org.

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