Scottish Braille Press introduces Unified English Braille

Posted: 01/12/2015 | , ,

Today the Scottish Braille Press introduces Unified English Braille (UEB). In the past, the Braille code in English (SEB) had had variations from one country to another.

Allan BalfourUEB will integrate these variations into a single code and has been adopted in all the major English speaking countries including the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa. UEB is being introduced throughout the UK this year.

What is Braille?

Braille is a system of six dots invented over 200 years ago by Louis Braille to enable literacy for blind people.

Over the years, the Braille code has changed as it has adapted to new language conventions. In the same way as English has changed to accommodate modern terminology and usage in different countries, Braille has changed alongside it.

UEB is a braille code developed by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) to bring together several existing Braille codes into one unified code. This includes the literary code, mathematics code and computer code.

What UEB means to the Scottish Braille Press

Allan Balfour (pictured) is Head Braillist at the Scottish Braille Press. For Alan, UEB is about making Braille compatible with computer technology.

He says:

"I love reading Braille because it is active. You can't replace picking up a book and reading it. With audio books you have to depend on the narrator's voice. In the long run, UEB will be really good because of its compatibility."

Read more about the benefits of Braille.