Braille Resources

UEB (Unified English Braille) Implementation has Begun in BC

PRCVI has developed a five year implementation plan to ensure that the transition to UEB occurs with minimal disruption to Braille reading students in the province. The plan has adopted a graded approach and students have been organized into three groups:

  • The first group (K-3) will be starting UEB in September 2014
  • The second group (grades 4-7) is the transitional group and will begin UEB in 2015
  • Students in Grades 8-12 will remain supported in EBAE (English Braille American Edition) and Nemeth through the five Provincial Examinations held in grades 10, 11 and 12

Please refer to the following charts:

PRCVI is organizing a number of training events over the duration of the transition. It is strongly recommended that all TVIs and Transcribers who currently hold Contracted Grade 2 Literary Braille and Proof Reading certification update their qualifications by taking the free CNIB self directed course prior to implementation with students. Those who do not already hold Braille certification may apply to do the new UEB Transcription course through PRCVI.

Please refer to the Learn Braille page on the PRCVI website for more information on the braille courses.


UEB Presentations and Background Information

If you would like to learn more about UEB you can watch this informational UEB On Line Presentation which covers the context of UEB and the Canadian approach to implementation. You can also learn more about the Background of UEB.

The UEB K-3 presentation covers the changes relevant for Kindergarten to grade three:

UEB K-3 (PDF)

UEB K-3 (Powerpoint)

UEB K-3 Reference Sheet (PDF)


The UEB 4-7 presentation covers the changes relevant for grades four to seven:

UEB 4-7 Modules 1-3 (PDF)

UEB 4-7 Modules 1-3 (Powerpoint)

UEB 4-7 Modules 1-3 (BRF - Braille File Format)

UEB 4-7 Reference Sheet (PDF)

UEB Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the question you have in mind listed here, please contact the PRCVI team at info@prcvi.org and one of us will respond promptly.

If I take the free CNIB UEB Update course will it update my Braille and Proof reading certification?
Yes, the CNIB update course will cover both the Contracted Grade 2 Literary Braille Course and the Proof Reading Certification if you have it.
I am an adult wanting to learn Braille, so should I learn UEB or EBAE?
The answer to this depends on the grade of the students you will be supporting. Most new EAs or teachers should learn UEB, but you can refer to Timelines at a Glance - UEB Implementation for Students as there will be exceptions. Please contact your vision teacher or discuss with PRCVI Outreach Coordinators for more information ehsieh@prcvi.org.
I have a student in grade 10, should they learn UEB now?
This depends on a number of factors and one important thing to consider is Provincial examinations. In the initial stages of the roll out examinations will not be available in UEB, therefore students in the higher grades should continue with EBAE and Nemeth.

Useful UEB Resources

CNIB's Update to UEB - A Course for transcribers, proofreaders and teachers already certified in EBAE Literary Braille Transcription

UEB 2013 Ruleook - International Council on English Braille (ICEB) (PDF)

UEB Braille Symbols and Indicators - Braille Authority of North America (BANA) (PDF)

Provisional Guidance for Transcribing Foreign Language Materials in UEB (BANA) (PDF)

UEB Cheat sheet - Duxbury Systems (PDF)

UEB Guidelines for Technical Material (ICEB Math Focus Group), updated September 2014 (PDF)

UEB Guidelines for Technical Material (ICEB Math Focus Group), updated September 2014 (BRF - Braille File Format)

UEB Formats Guidelines - PRCVI Agency Specific Technical Transcription (PDF)


Useful UEB Related Websites

Braille Authority of North America (BANA)

International Council on English Braille (ICEB)

UK Association for Accessible formats (UKAAF)

Royal New Zealand foundation of the Blind (RNZFB)

Braille Literacy Canada


Useful EBAE and Nemeth Resources

During the transition period PRCVI still provide EBAE (English Braille American Edition) and Nemeth for applicable grades and follow the Guidelines and Code Books listed below to transcribe print material into braille for students with visual impairments.

English Braille American Edition (PDF)

Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation - 1972 Revision (PDF)

Braille Authority of North America 2007 Braille Codes Update (PDF)

Braille Formats - Principles of Print-to-Braille Transcription, 2011 (PDF)

Music Braille (PDF)

Computer Braille Code (PDF)

Computer Braille Code Special Symbols December 2010 Update (PDF)

Braille Code for Chemical Notation, 1997. Chemistry Code Book can be purchased from American Printing House for the Blind or you can view it on this web page

Foreign Language Braille. NBA Interim Manual for Foreign Language Braille Transcribing can be purchased from the National Braille Association for $48.00.


Sources for Purchase

American Printing House for the Blind

1839 Frankfort Avenue
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206 0085
Phone: 502 895 2405
Toll Free: 800 223 1839
FAX: 502 899 2274
Website: http://shop.aph.org/
E-mail: info@aph.org

National Braille Association

95 Allens Creek Road. Bldg. 1, Suite 202
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: 585 427 8260
FAX: 585 427 0263
Website: www.nationalbraille.org
E-mail: nbaoffice@nationalbraille.org