UEB Rulebook second edition is now available

After much anticipation, the Australian Braille Authority are pleased to announce that the Rules of Unified English Braille Second Edition (2013) is now complete and available for download in print (PDF) and braille (six volumes of BRF formatted at 25 lines x 30 cells).
This second edition contains very few changes/errata but it does provide a large number of new rules and resources. Details and download links are available from the ABA website

Congratulations to all involved in the creation of this essential reference book, and in particular to the esteemed editor and ABA Chair, Christine Simpson. Thanks also to Kathy Riessen for assistance with the accessible PDF version.

You may now go forth and print/emboss your new Rulebook!


Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille

The Trans-Tasman  Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille examination is the only form of accreditation currently available to braille specialists in Australia. The Australian Braille Authority strongly encourages all those who transcribe, teach and produce braille to sit for this examination.

The examination is held each year in the first two weeks of October. Every candidate has the full two-week period in which to sit the exam.

This promotional flier provides more information about the certificate.

More informtion and sample examination files are available from the ABA website’s Proficiency Certificate page.

Australian registrations for the 2013 examination close this Friday, 23 August at 5pm AEST.

Please fill out the registration form and email it to lindatriasmono@bigpond.com or post to :
Linda Triasmono
5 Bellevue Ave
Salisbury Qld 4107.

Australian Braille Authority now on Facebook

ABA logo - circle containing a map of Australia and the braille dots ABA.The Australian Braille Authority are pleased to announce a new forum for sharing information about braille: The ABA facebook page.

If you are a facebook user, visit the Australian Braille Authority page then click on “Like”. Once you have joined, select “Suggest to friends” to help spread the word!

ABA will be using the page to send out status updates with local and international braille news and links to interesting braille-related articles. Fans (that’s you!) can add comments, join in discussions or upload photos.

ABA have tested the page and it seems to be reasonably accessible but they would love to hear your feedback.

The Australian Braille Authority is a subcommittee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities.

More information about the Australian Braille Authority Meeting and Workshop

More information is now available about the 2010 Australian Braille Authority meeting, which will be held separately from Round Table conference this year.

Dates: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th June 2010
Venue: Harbour View Hotel, Sydney

Annual Meeting

The ABA Annual Meeting (Saturday 5th June) is a unique opportunity for direct communication and collaboration between members from all sectors of the braille community in Australia. The special highlight of the 2010 meeting wiill be the launch of the UEB Rulebook. Other Agenda items will include:

  • Reports from the National Executive and State and Territory subcommittees
  • Discussion of the results of the Strategic Review of the ABA conducted in 2009 and future directions
  • International braille news, including work on the Unified English Braille code and its adoption in other countries, and braille in the South Pacific
  • Election of the incoming Executive

Workshop: Guided Tour of the Unified English Braille Rulebook

The ABA workshop (Sunday 6th June) will follow on from the launch of the UEB Rulebook, a valuable resource providing a full set of rules for UEB as well as extensive examples to illustrate their use. Rulebook editor Christine Simpson and other experts will guide participants through key sections of the Rulebook.

Full details will be available shortly on the ABA web site.

Enquiries to:

Tammy Axelsen, Administrative Officer
Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc
PO Box 229,  Lindisfarne,  Tasmania  7015  Australia

Ph   Mobile  0417 101 418
Fax   +61 3 6265 1519
Email   roundtableadmn@bigpond.com

Australian Braille Authority meeting 2010

Tactile street sign for Elizabeth Street, Sydney, with raised print and braille.

The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) is a sub-committee of the Round Table, and traditionally their annual meeting is held in conjunction with the Round Table conference.

Next year, ABA will instead hold an extended two-day meeting in Australia, just after Round Table conference. They have confirmed the dates for this meeting as 5th-6th June 2010. The meeting will be held in Sydney, with the venue to be confirmed shortly. More information will be available on the ABA website soon.

While we won’t be hosting ABA in Auckland next year, we’d love to see a strong braille strand in the conference programme. If you have something to contribute, please check out our Call for Papers and consider submitting. Remember that the Call for Papers closes on 27 November. Perhaps you could:

  • run a workshop or discussion on innovative braille or tactile production techniques.
  • talk about local experiences with adoption of Unified English Braille, and opportunities for collaboration between Australia, New Zealand and other countries.
  • share successes with local advocacy to increase the availability of information in braille.
  • describe projects that have raised braille awareness in your community.

Feel free to share any other ideas by commenting on this post.