Unified English Braille (UEB)

Worry-Free UEB Compliance with Braille Works

Four picture collage of Unified English Braille materials.

Approved for adoption back in 2012, North America will officially be switching to Unified English Braille (UEB) in January 2016.  What does this mean for you?  Well, if you’ve trusted Braille Works with your documents, it means you can relax and don’t have to worry about it.  We already comply with UEB standards and we’ve got you covered.

Our staff is fully trained, our equipment is cutting edge, and with the highest focus on testing and quality control that we place on our work, you can rest easy knowing that your documents will be transcribed in fully compliant Unified English Braille.

The switch to UEB is one that we’ve prepared for and the code itself is the accumulation of years of standards and changes that we’ve been a part of and studied all along the way.  It was the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) that first began the process of developing a unifying code for the English language back in 1991.  The work was then internationalized by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) in 1993.  Incidentally, one year later Braille Works was founded in 1994, with the mission of “Making the World a More Readable Place™.”

What Does UEB Mean to Your Customers?

The new UEB code was designed with the reader in mind and your customers, who will actually read your documents in Braille, can expect a lot of advantages from this adoption.  BANA has noted some of these advantages as:

  • More consistency, less ambiguity, and fewer exceptions to Braille rules will make Braille easier to produce and may remove some barriers people have while learning braille.
  • Showing more symbols in Braille will give the Braille reader better access to the same information that is available to print readers.
  • Computer translation and back-translation could be produced more quickly and with less human intervention.
  • Reduce errors and ambiguity experienced by those who read contracted Braille on refreshable Braille displays.  Braille displays are the equivalent of a screen on a desktop computer or mobile device.
  • Improve back-translation of Braille that’s written using electronic devices, so that Braille users can write in Braille to communicate easily and accurately with non-Braille users.

Available Unified English Braille Materials

Ten picture collage of Unified English Braille materials with a blue border.

Additional UEB Information and Resources