Welcome to the home of the Australian Braille Authority.
Unified English Braille (UEB) is the official code for braille in Australia. All braille readers, teachers, transcribers and users are invited to have your say on a potential change to UEB. Apostrophes and single quotation marks are represented by the same symbol in print but two different symbols in braille, leading to errors in automated translation and on refreshable braille displays. Several options are being considered to use the same symbol for both apostrophes and single quotation marks in braille. Full details and the link to an online survey are given at www.iceb.org. Responses will be used by the UEB Code Maintenance Committee of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) to guide its decision.
The 2017 ABA Annual Meeting and Round Table Conference were held in Perth from Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 May. We would like to thank Jordie Howell for her able chairmanship, Sam Taylor for his feature presentation on refreshable braille technology with android, and Kathy Riessen for her workshop on implementing the ABA formatting guidelines using the Australian template in the Duxbury Braille Translator. ABA was also proud to be represented by Kathy Riessen as a keynote speaker at the 2017 SPEVI Conference on the topics of ABA and braille formatting.
New pages and information recently added to our website include:
- A new Resources page, where you can find links to all of the essential references and guidelines recommended for the production and use of braille in Australia.
- A new page paying tribute to past leaders in braille in Australia.
- Two new sample papers for the Trans-Tasman proficiency test in print and braille.
- Addition of a music braille producers section in the ABA Directory of Braille Services and Products.
Unified English Braille (UEB) is the official braille code for use in Australia. We recommend these resources to assist teachers, parents and transcribers in learning and understanding UEB:
- The Rules of Unified English Braille – second edition (2013)
- Unified English Braille Australian Training Manual (2016)
- UEB Online and UEB Online accessible training courses
- Guidelines for Technical Material (2014)
- ABA Rules and Guidelines for Formatting Braille (2016)
- DBT Producer’s Manual (2011)
What we do
The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) oversees the development and maintenance of Braille codes and specifications used in Australia, acts as a braille accreditation body, and promotes braille as the primary literacy medium for people who are blind, deafblind, or have severe vision impairment.
Our structure and objectives
The Australian Braille Authority is a sub-committee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
The ABA Executive Committee meets regularly by teleconference and usually once a year in person for detailed consideration of priority issues.
The ABA was established in 1981 and operates with these Objectives. The ABA’s Terms of Reference (zip doc & brf 46kb) were adopted in August 2011 and amended in November 2012. In addition, these Model Operational Guidelines for Regional Braille Forums (zip doc & brf 46kb) were made under Clause 32 of the Australian Braille Authority’s Terms of Reference (adopted August 2011) and were approved by the ABA Executive at its meeting of 10 August 2011.
The ABA holds its general meeting in April or May each year as part of the Round Table Conference. At these meetings, reports are presented by the ABA Chair and each Regional Forum.
- Chairperson’s report for 2017 (docx 104kb)
- Chairperson’s Report for 2016 (docx 44kb)
- Chairperson’s Report for 2015 (doc 74kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2014 (doc 80kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2013 (doc 72kb)
Further annual reports, minutes, workshop materials and newsletters can be found in our archives.
For more information about the Australian Braille Authority and related matters, please contact us.
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