Hadley School for the Blind Adds Two New Courses on Unified English Braille (UEB)

Date Posted: 01/05/2016

On January 1, 2016, Unified English Braille (UEB) replaced English Braille, American Edition as the official braille code for literary materials in the United States. Individuals needing to learn UEB or to brush up on their UEB skills may be interested in two new classes offered by Winnetka, Illinois–based Hadley School for the Blind, which offers free courses to visually impaired students and their families and paid instruction to professionals who work in the blindness field.

The first new course, entitled "UEB Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille," will be available February 29, 2016. It is intended to help individuals who are blind increase their own ability to read and write braille by learning uncontracted braille, which does not use braille contractions (that is, every word is written out letter for letter). The course covers the braille alphabet, numbers, punctuation, and some special signs. Directions for using a braillewriter and a slate and stylus are also included as part of the course materials. It should be noted that there are two prerequisite courses that need to be completed before enrolling in this course, and it is not intended for sighted family members or professionals.

The second new UEB course, entitled "UEB Contracted Braille," is intended for a sighted individual who wishes to "assist your family member or client who is blind," according to course materials. The course will be available March 31, 2016, to those who have met prerequisite requirements. A full description of UEB at Hadley can be found online at http://www.hadley.edu/UEBTransition.asp. For more information, contact: Hadley School for the Blind, 700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093; phone: 800-323-4238 or 847-446-8111; e-mail: info@hadley.edu.

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