Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 60(4)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 3 The idea of learning the Unified English Braille code seemed to loom over me. It was frustrating to know that I had just spent months trying to learn one braille code and now suddenly everything was changing. I was not a fan of having to undergo the transition. Finally, in July 2015, I took the time to learn the Unified English Braille or UEB. Through use of the free UEB Braille class on the website "uebot.niu.edu" I was able to learn UEB and comfortably use it in one month. Transitioning from English Braille to UEB was a breeze. The rules that I often questioned with the English Braille Code were suddenly gone, and I could finally use "and" in Vandyke. While there are still quite a bit of rules in UEB, the rules are much easier to make sense of. There are no longer words that buddy together, there are less shared symbols and contractions, and short-form words are more freely used. While it may seem as though UEB is intimidating, I really did find that it was much easier than English Braille. With UEB, I can braille a paper or a children's book without questioning every two words whether or not a contraction should be used. UEB makes it clear to the student what can and cannot be used, without many of the "ifs" and "buts" that I felt English Braille contained. 39

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