Unified English Braille (UEB)
Unified English Braille (UEB) is a braille code developed by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) to bring together several existing Braille codes into one unified code. This includes the literary code, mathematics code and computer code.
UEB has been adopted in all the major English speaking countries including the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa. In October 2011, UKAAF decided to adopt UEB as the official braille code in the United Kingdom. UKAAF is working hard to facilitate the transition from Standard English Braille (SEB) to UEB and will be continually adding to the information and resources on this page.
Background Information and News
- UEB master timetable - A provisional timetable for the implementation of UEB in the UK based on the school years from 2012/13 to 2016/17
- UEB timetable (producers version) - An adaptation of the UEB master timetable, using calendar years and highlighting issues of relevance to producers
- UEB Updates- copies of the termly updates sent out to the UEB mailing list, highlighting new developments and resources
- UEB Presentation - A slide show on the history and development of UEB
- UEB Audio Presentation - Audio only
- UEB FAQ: Some common questions about UEB produced when UEB had recently been adopted (in October 2011)
Training and resources
- UEB rule book - the International UEB rulebook available as a pdf file or as a formatted braille file
- UEB primer - An Australian publication (updating the British primer) giving a series of lessons and exercises in UEB, available in word, pdf or formatted braille file
- UEB quick reference guide (braille - 28C x 27L) - This document is designed to summarise the major changes in UEB on one sheet of A4 braille paper so that it can be easily included with books and magazines when they are first sent in out in UEB. The characters are printed in braille order.
- UEB quick reference guide (print) - This document is the same as the braille version but the characters are listed in an order which makes more sense to print users.
- UEB summary - This document summarises the differences between Standard English Braille and UEB
- UEB symbols list - which includes vertical and diagonal line segments and all directly assigned shape symbols
- Guidelines for technical material in UEB - Guidance for transcribers wanting to produce maths science and computer notation in UEB, available as pdf, word or formatted braille file.
Following are some research papers into UEB.
You may download the following sample material which shows various aspects of UEB. The samples are provided as PDF files for viewing onscreen and embossable braille (40 cells by 25 lines).