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Unified English Braille (UEB) System


Deans/Directors of NYS Institutions Offering Teacher Preparation Programs; Certification Officers; Other Interested Parties

From: John L. D’Agati, Deputy Commissioner of Office of Higher Education

January 8, 2015


Unified English Braille (UEB) System pdf file (293KB)

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) has announced that, effective January 4, 2016, the United States will implement the use of the Unified English Braille (UEB) system. For information about the system and the decision making process used to adopt it, please visit BANA’s website at http://www.brailleauthority.org/index.html .

As a result of this implementation, the New York State Education Department will align the revised Blind and Visually Impaired Content Specialty Test to the UEB system. This exam is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.

Institutions with Blind and Visually Impaired teacher preparation programs should begin realigning curriculum so that candidates will become familiar with the UEB system before having to take and pass the revised Blind and Visually Impaired Content Specialty Test beginning this 2015.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Nancy DeKorp at (518) 473-2893 or via email to nancy.dekorp@nysed.gov .

cc: Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu)
The City University of New York (CUNY)
State University of New York (SUNY)
Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC)

Last Updated: June 3, 2015