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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Understanding and Implementing the New Unified English Braille Code (UEB)

Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education
in collaboration with
the Carroll Center for the Blind
and Perkins

is pleased to present

Summer Institute 2014
for Massachusetts Special Educators

Background and Purpose

This institute will introduce participants to the Unified Braille Code, 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, transition plans for students will be developed, and braille technology conversion will be covered.

Background and Purpose: The new Unified English Braille (UEB) unifies literary Braille with mathematics, science, and computer Braille so one code will work, making it easier for students and teachers. Implementation of the new UEB is being addressed across the country.

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

  • UEB code changes
  • 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, Para –professionals who are trained in braille.


Summer On-Site Dates:

  • Saturday, July 12: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 13: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 19: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 20: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 25: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall Online Dates:

  • Module 5: Sept 29th - October 5th (4 hrs)
  • Module 6: Oct 20th - October 26th (4 hrs)

Fall On-site Date:

  • Oct 25th (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.

Eileen Curran

She has been involved with Unified English Braille (UEB) since its initial rationale was presented in a letter by Dr. Abraham Nemeth and Dr. Tim Cranmer to the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) in the early 1990's. As a member of the BANA board, Eileen was involved in the decision to initiate a research project to develop a unified English braille code. She has presented on UEB at conferences, including Getting In Touch with Literacy, California Transcribers and Educators of Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired, and Northeast AER, and hopes to continue her involvement until it is fully implemented.

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.


Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, MA 02472

Texts and Resources

(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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