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International Council on English Braille (ICEB)


ICEB 6th General Assembly

The ICEB 6th General Assembly will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, United States from 22-26 May 2016. The 6th General Assembly page will provide full details about this upcoming conference. All sessions will be streamed. Go to the ICEB Live Stream page for links to listen.

Two New Shortforms Approved for Use

The ICEB Code Maintenance Committee has announced that Two words, unsaid and unrepaid, have been added to Appendix 1: Shortforms List. The shortforms may be used in these words. ICEB requests that these changes be noted for immediate implementation.

New list of Training Resources Available

ICEB has compiled a list of UEB training and resource materials available from its member countries. UEB Training Resources

Updated (2013) Edition of the UEB Rulebook Published

In November 2013, the UEB Rulebook was updated; see Unified English Braille (UEB).

Purpose and General Organization of the ICEB

The purpose of the International Council on English Braille is to coordinate and improve standards for braille usage for all English-speaking users of braille. The members of the ICEB are the various countries where English is spoken (and membership is open to all such countries); representatives to ICEB are named by the accepted authorities that set braille standards within those countries. The present membership includes the following eight countries:

The ICEB General Assembly meets every four years. The next one will be in May 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Previous General Assemblies have been held in South Africa (2012), Australia (2008), Canada (2004), the USA (1999) and the UK (1995).

The ICEB's Executive Committee meets continuously by e-mail, in person immediately before and after each General Assembly, and at an interim meeting approximately midway between successive General Assemblies.

The ICEB Constitution was adopted May 31, 1991, revised May 7, 2012.

ICEB General Assembly Archives

ICEB Codes

Further Information

For further information about the ICEB, see ICEB contact information.

See also the current ICEB Brochure for a more complete mission statement, information on activities and sources of funding, and other ways of contacting ICEB.

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