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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Summer Institute 2015 - Understanding and Implementing the New Unified English Braille Code (UEB)

Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education

is pleased to present

Summer Institute 2015
for Massachusetts Special Educators

Background and Purpose

The new Unified English Braille (UEB) is based on the current literary Braille and includes symbols for mathematics, science, and computer Braille, resulting in one unified code. Implementation of the new UEB is being addressed across the country.

This institute will introduce participants to  Unified Braille Braille, which has been adopted by the United States. Changes from the literary code will be studied as well as the resulting benefits. Teaching strategies will be discussed, UEB transition plans for students will be developed, and braille technology conversion will be covered.

The Institute seeks to provide professional development on the following topics:

  • EBAE and UEB code difference
  • How the teaching and learning of Braille will be impacted
  • Braille technologies which support access to the general curriculum for students with visual impairments
  • Developing an effective implementation plan for Massachusetts students .

The summer institute is free and awards 67.5 PDPs. Graduate credit (3) is available for $450.


Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Special Education Directors, Paraprofessionals who are trained in braille.

Dates 2015

Summer On-Site Dates:

  • Saturday, July 11: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 12: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 18: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 19: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall Online Dates:

  • Module 5: September 1 - September 15 (4 hrs)
  • Module 6: September 16 - October 10 (4 hrs)

Fall On-site Date:

  • October 17th (8 hrs)


Wendy Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Wendy is an instructor in the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston, teaching braille and assistive technology graduate courses online. She is a full-time assistive technology specialist in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind and the 2013 recipient of the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) national award, "Outstanding Teacher of Students who are Blind/Multiply Impaired."  She holds Massachusetts certification as a Teacher of Students with Intensive Special Needs and Teacher of Instructional Technology.

Sandy Smith, M.Ed, C.A.E.S.

Sandy is an instructor for the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston, teaching braille and AT technology graduate courses online. She is a certified TVI and taught at Perkins School for the Blind for thirty years. Sandy is a certified braille transcriber and has served on the Formats and Publications technical committees of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) from 2000 to the present.


Perkins School for the Blind, Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology

Texts and Resources (online)

(2008) Unified English Braille Guidelines for Technical Material. Available from:

Risjord, Constance  (n.d.) The ABCs of UEB, A Guide for the Transition from English Braille American Edition (EBAE)to The Rules of Unified English Braille (UEB). Available from:

Simpson, Christine, editor (2013) The Rules of Unified English Braille. Available from:


Contact Sandy Smith( with any questions.

Registration for UEB

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