Transitioning to Unified English Braille
As an individual who knows contracted braille, transitioning to UEB (Unified English Braille) is important. Beginning in 2016, braille materials will be produced in UEB in the United States. This course provides a structured approach to learning the differences between EBAE (English Braille American Edition) and UEB. The abundant examples and exercises help you progress easily and transition to the new code.
Prerequisite: Strong contracted reading and writing skills in EBAE or SEB (Standard English Braille).
Media: B (for tactile users), LP or OL (for sighted users)
Maximum Completion Time: 3 1/2 months
Credit: 30 CE Hours
Tuition: $99 (U.S. Dollars)
30 CE Hours approved by The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)
The Getting Started instructions from the instructor include important information on:
- Instructor introduction and background
- Unique course materials and prerequisites, if any
- Assignment submission information and deadline
- Contact information for questions and concerns
To proceed through the course, the student:
- Reads the Getting Started instructions from the instructor. (separate document for large print and braille users, email for online users)
- Proceeds to the Overview at the beginning of the course.
- Begins Lesson 1 in the course by reading the lesson introduction, objectives, and key terms, if any.
- Reads the first reading section of the lesson.
- Completes the practice exercise and checks the answers. Practice exercise answers are NOT submitted to the instructor. They are for the student's practice and benefit only
- Continues to the next reading section and practice exercise.
- Completes the final practice exercise, reviews the lesson summary, and reads the practice selection
- Proceeds to the assignment and completes the assignment independently, free from the assistance of others.
- Submits the assignment to the instructor, following the instructions in the assignment and the Getting Started instructions.
- Begins the next lesson; student does not submit a new assignment, however, until feedback from previous assignment has been received.
- Reviews assignment feedback from the instructor, as well as any supplementary material the instructor may provide.
Each program (ACE, High School, Family Education, HIPS) has an expected assignment submission time frame. Refer to the Getting Started instructions for that important information.
Students may contact the instructor at any time in this procedure if they have questions about the material. Instructor contact information is in the Getting Started instructions.
ACE/HS, Family Education, and HIPS
For individuals who know contracted braille, transitioning to UEB (Unified English Braille) is important. Beginning in 2016, braille materials will be produced in UEB in the United States. This course provides a structured approach to learning the differences between EBAE (English Braille American Edition) and UEB. The abundant examples and exercises help students progress easily and transition to the new code.
6 lessons and 6 assignments
HIPS: 30 CE hours HS: 0.5 Carnegie Unit when combined with completion of "Everyday Reading in UEB"
Prerequisite Skills and Materials
Strong contracted reading and writing skills in EBAE or SEB (Standard English Braille)
This course is for experienced users of contracted braille. Therefore, students are required to earn a grade of B− (80 points) or higher on an assignment before they can proceed to the next lesson. A student may submit an assignment a total of three times.
Each assignment is worth 100 points. Each assignment includes Part A (5 items, 40 points) and Part B (5 items, 60 points). In Part B of each assignment, the student transcribes print sentences to UEB. In assignments 1 and 2, Part A consists of identifying whether a braille sentence is written in UEB. In Part A of Assignments 3, 4, and 5, the student selects a correctly brailled sentence from two choices in each item. In Part A of Assignment 6, the student identifies miscellaneous symbols in each item.
Assignments are open book and do not need to be completed in one sitting. Students are expected to do their own work, independent of any outside help. Students will need 2 hours to complete an assignment.
Student Code of Conduct and Plagiarism Policy
Students are expected to follow Hadley's Student Code of Conduct. Also, by submitting an assignment, students acknowledge that they have completed the work themselves and without plagiarism. Refer to the Student Handbook for the Student Code of Conduct and Hadley's full plagiarism policy. Plagiarism may result in the requirement to redo the assignment, a failing grade on the assignment, or even expulsion from the Hadley Institute.
Objectives and Content
Lesson 1: Eliminated Contractions and New Spacing Rules
After completing this lesson, the student will be able to
- identify five part-word EBAE contractions that are not used in UEB
- identify four EBAE contractions that are not used in UEB, and use spacing between words in UEB that were joined together in EBAE
This lesson includes Assignment 1.
Lesson 2: Using Groupsigns
After completing this lesson, the student will be able to apply knowledge about the use of the following types of groupsigns in UEB:
- strong groupsigns and final-letter groupsigns
- lower groupsigns
This lesson includes Assignment 2.
Lesson 3: Punctuation and Numbers
After completing this lesson, the student will be able to
- use punctuation according to UEB rules
- apply UEB numeric mode for numbers and other symbols in literary contexts
This lesson includes Assignment 3.
Lesson 4: Wordsigns and Shortforms
After completing this lesson, the student will be able to:
- use UEB wordsigns
- use UEB shortforms
This lesson includes Assignment 4.
Lesson 5: Capitalization, Grade 1, and Typeforms
After completing this lesson, the student will be able to use the following UEB indicators and modes:
- grade 1
- some typeforms (print styles)
This lesson includes Assignment 5.
Lesson 6: Miscellaneous Symbols
After completing this lesson, the student will be able to use
- many common miscellaneous symbols
- accent marks for foreign words in English texts
This lesson includes Assignment 6.