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International Council on English Braille (ICEB)


ICEB Executive Holds Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand

On May 22-24, 2014, the midterm meeting of the ICEB Executive was held at the Rose Park Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was Proudly hosted by The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) with support from the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (Blind Foundation) and the Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ).

Updated (2013) Edition of the UEB Rulebook Published

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

United States adopts UEB

On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America voted to adopt UEB for the USA; see the BANA Website for details of the announcement. All the member nations of ICEB have now officially adopted Unified English Braille.

5th ICEB General Assembly

The 5th ICEB General Assembly was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 6 to 10 May 2012, with enthusiastic participation by all the member countries. (See resolutions below.)

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 2016, the location to be announced. 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.

ICEB General Assembly Resolutions

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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