Unified English Braille Code (UEB)

On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) passed the motion to officially adopt the Unified English Braille code or UEB in the United States.  In November 2013, BANA affirmed January 4, 2016 as the date by which the United States will implement the general use of the UEB.  This action was based on a year of dialogue and planning that included the UEB Transition Forum, held on October 16, 2013. The forum involved 48 delegates representing 31 organizations from the braille community. Read more here.

The IERC has been preparing for the rollout of UEB since 2012.  Our braille transcribers have trained and received certification in the new code and have actively been transcribing instructional materials in UEB. The IERC has worked closely with the Indiana State University Blumberg Center, PASS Project, to develop and conduct training for teachers and paraprofessionals who will be responsible for instructing our braille readers in the new code. Trainings will continue to be conducted during the 2015-2016 school year. Read more about PASS Project trainings here. Student instruction is slated to begin for Grades K-5 this school year and all grades next school year.

Indiana UEB Implementation Timeline Webpage PDF

Indiana UEB Position Statement Webpage PDF

Indiana Nemeth or UEB: Factors and Considerations for Math Code PDF

UEB and Nemeth Code Power Point PDF



UEB Ready? Webinars



Part II Handouts


Student Instruction Programs

Building on Patterns (BOP)

Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts – reading, writing, and spelling.  The BOP series addresses phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary. It is currently being updated for the UEB. Available from the American Printing House for the Blind.www.aph.org.

Braille Too UEB

Braille Too recently announced a UEB update. UEB Too - A Supplement to the Braille Too Curriculum is designed to teach the changes from the current code (English Braille, American Edition) to the new Unified English Braille that will be implemented in the U.S. in January, 2016. It can be used in conjunction with the Braille Too program for secondary students who are currently learning braille using Braille Too or as a stand-alone with secondary students who already are competent in EBAE and just need to learn the changes in UEB. It is being released on a USB drive to allow an individual teacher to print/emboss the copies they need for themselves and their own students, and includes MSWord files for the print teacher's edition, a list of where in Braille Too the pages should be inserted, and large print student writing exercises, as well as DBT and BRF files for the student braille reading exercises that can be embossed using Duxbury translation software or used with a braille notetaker.www.brl2.com

Braille FUNdamentals

Braille FUNdamentals is a comprehensive program for teaching the Braille code. It is currently being revised for the UEB.  The sequence for introducing the Braille configurations has been organized into 56 clusters of letters, numerals, contractions, short forms, punctuation and special signs, with specific clusters devoted to the reading and writing practice of previously learned contractions.  Also included in this curriculum are a Pre-Braille Assessment, Braille Checklists and ideas for games.  This program can be used with beginning braille readers, as well as those readers who need to learn braille when they are older.

Paths To Literacy UEB Lessons

The staff at Paths to Literacy for Student Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired have been creating and adding new UEB lessons to their website.  These lessons are focused on helping older students make the transition from EBAE to UEB. http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/search/node/ueb

UEB Charts

  • Duxbury UEB Chart

Duxbury's one-page chart listing the contractions and short forms in alphabetical order:http://duxburysystems.com/images/ueb_black.pdf

  • Aroga Technologies UEB Chart

Aroga Technologies presents the UEB contractions and symbols by category:http://www.aroga.com/unified-english-braille-chart-tabloid-11-x-17-pdf-format/

Nemeth-UEB Provisional Guidance

Provisional Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts

This method of switching between the Nemeth Code and Unified English Braille has been developed to ensure the continued viability of the use of the Nemeth Code for mathematics.

UEB Tutorials and Resources

  • Scalar’s Publishing :
    • Ashcroft’s Programmed Instruction: Unified English Braille ISBN 978-0-9960353-0-9 $98.50
    • Ashcroft’s Programmed Instruction Companion Reader: Unified English Braille ISBN 978-0-9960353-2-3 $38.50
  • Hadley School for the Blind will provide distance education courses on the UEB beginning in January of 2015.  These will be available free through their Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE) and the High School Program, or for a fee for professionals seeking CEU credits through their Hadley School for Professional Studies Program (HSPS). The HSPS program provides a certificate for successful completion of the course which notes the CEUs, grade, date completed. It is not based on a semester enrollment, but is an open enrollment.
  • Transcriber’s UEB Course (CNIB) - a self-directed course, covering eleven topics with fifteen practice exercises, for transcribers, proofreaders and BLV/TVI’s.
  • UEB Online, Braille Training for Sighted Learners - a training program created by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre, Australia. Appropriate for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other professionals.

Information from the BANA

Website http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html

Learn UEB

Wisconsin UEB online series

Unified English Braille Online Training (UEBOT): Presented by Northern Illinois University

UEBOT-2: Presented by Northern Illinois University

Unified English Braille through a Powerful and Responsive eLearning Platform (UEB PREP)

Presented by Portland State University

  • Target audience: Consumers who are blind and visually impaired, family members of individuals who are visually impaired, professionals who work with those who are visually impaired
  • Pilot in September 2015 to train those currently familiar with EBAE
  • www.uebprep.com

National Braille Association (NBA)

Training at their conference in Louisville, KY, October 22-24, 2015. Information will become available at http://www.nationalbraille.org/

Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference

November 18–21, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Information will become available at http://www.gettingintouchwithliteracy.org/index.htm

UEB Rules and Guidelines

UEB Apps

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Durst at 317-554-2740 or 800-833-2198; email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information on trainings, contact Marcee Wilburn at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To read more about the UEB, please visit BANA or International Council on English Braille.