BANA to Hold 2016 Spring Meeting in Baltimore, MD, May 19–21

Press Release
May 2016
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
Braille Authority of North America

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), which meets face-to-face semiannually, will hold its 2016 spring meeting May 19-21 in Baltimore, MD. This meeting will be hosted by the Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB), which is a member organization of BANA. The BANA meeting will immediately precede the Sixth General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) to be held May 21–26 at the headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in Baltimore. BANA Meetings will take place at the Maryland School for the Blind, located at 3501 Taylor Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21236.
Items on the BANA Board's agenda include updates of BANA's numerous ongoing projects. The Board will review formal reports from all of BANA's technical committees such as braille formats, music, math, foreign language, and tactile graphics and will take action on recommendations when appropriate.
As always, interested parties are invited to observe BANA board meetings. If you are interested in observing the BANA meeting, please contact BANA Chair Jennifer Dunnam at 612-767-5658 or by email at
On the evening of May 21, the International Council on English Braille (ICEB), which meets every four years, will begin its Sixth General Assembly. ICEB, of which BANA is a member, includes eight countries that use Unified English Braille (UEB) as their primary means of reading and writing braille. Approximately 50 delegates representing the eight member countries of ICEB—Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States—will convene at the NFB headquarters located at 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230. Papers on a variety of topics and demonstrations of new braille technologies will be presented at this meeting, which extends through May 26.

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The Board of BANA consists of appointed representatives from seventeen member organizations of braille producers, transcribers, teachers, and consumers.
The mission of the Braille Authority of North America is to assure literacy for tactile readers through the standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics.
The purpose of BANA is to promote and to facilitate the uses, teaching, and production of braille. Pursuant to this purpose, BANA will promulgate rules, make interpretations, and render opinions pertaining to braille codes and guidelines for the provisions of literary and technical materials and related forms and formats of embossed materials now in existence or to be developed in the future for the use of blind persons in North America. When appropriate, BANA shall accomplish these activities in international collaboration with countries using English braille. In exercising its function and authority, BANA shall consider the effects of its decisions on other existing braille codes and guidelines, forms and formats; ease of production by various methods; and acceptability to readers.