Everything in the braille music course came together for a an integral learning experience that was wonderful.
— Vicky, Paraguay

UEB Transition at Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

New Students

Complete and submit the enrollment application; select "Transitioning to the Unified English Braille" during course selection:

Existing Students

Existing Hadley Students may apply for pre-enrollment via:


In November 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) voted to adopt Unified English Braille (UEB) as an official code for the United States. The motion reads as follows: "The official braille codes for the United States will be Unified English Braille, Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision and published updates; Music Braille Code, 1997; and The IPA Braille Code, 2008."

BANA has affirmed January 4, 2016 (Louis Braille's birthday) as the date by which most phases of the transition to UEB will be completed or plans for completion will be in place.

Hadley's Transition Plan

As the largest school providing braille instruction at a distance, Hadley has developed and has begun implementing a UEB Transition Plan for its braille reading and writing instructional courses.

Summary of the course (re)development plan:

Learn more about all the braille courses Hadley offers.

Beginning in January 2015, Hadley will use UEB when transcribing all new or revised Hadley courses using literary braille (i.e., social studies and language arts).

Hadley will produce all new or revised courses in Science courses in UEB and Mathematics courses using Nemeth Code.

Current Hadley courses, previously transcribed in English Braille American Edition, will be available in their original codes until such time as a revision takes place.

The school will produce its Entrance Assignments and Hadley's diagnostics/assessments in UEB in 2016.