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International Council on English Braille (ICEB)

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Braille, a system of raised dots, is the primary literacy medium for people who are blind, deafblind, or have severe low vision. The International Council on English Braille (ICEB) coordinates and promotes the use of braille throughout the English-speaking world.


ICEB 8th General Assembly 2024

The International Council on English Braille (ICEB) held its 8th General Assembly from Saturday, 25 May 2024 to Thursday, 30 May 2024 in Auckland New Zealand.

Updates to the Rules of UEB

As of July 2022, the ICEB Executive and Code Maintenance Committee have approved the following changes to the Rules of Unified English Braille (2013).

These changes and all previous updates can be downloaded from the UEB page.

Braille Types and Files

Braille Types and Files

This document gives an overview of braille and explains some of the most important terminology around the various different codes of braille that may be encountered. It also gives details about how braille is typically stored and processed by today's computers and summarises the file formats commonly used to store braille documents. It concludes with links to other resources that may provide more information on specific topics.

Developing Braille Codes for Languages other than English: Best Practices

ICEB has developed a document to provide an overview of best practices and issues to consider regarding the development of braille codes to represent a particular language.

ICEB newsletter

The ICEB quarterly newsletter has up-to-date stories on ICEB activities, and braille news and events from around the world. The most recent issue was released in September 2023.

See the Braille Promotion page for back issues and a link to automatically receive the newsletter when it is released.

Press Release: ICEB Reaffirms the Importance of Braille during Times of Pandemic and International Crises

Press Release: ICEB compiles adult braille instruction resources from across English-Speaking countries

Face-to-face meetings

The executive of the ICEB meets face-to-face once every two years, at the start and end of the General Assembly and at a two year interval between Assemblies.

The most recent meeting was The 2024 meeting of the Executive Committee held may 30 2024 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The next in-person meeting of the Executive Committee will be the 2026 mid-term meeting held in Watertown, Massachusetts, United States from 22-26 June.

Braille Music

ICEB's Braille Music Committee has compiled a list of resources on how Braille Music and UEB can be used together.

List of Training Resources Updated

ICEB has compiled a list of UEB training and resource materials available from its member countries. This list was last updated in February 2018.

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. Refer to the ICEB Committee page for details of its organization, committees and representatives.

The members of the ICEB are the various countries where English is spoken, and membership is open to all such countries. The present membership consists the following eight countries:

The ICEB Constitution was adopted May 31, 1991, and last revised November 30, 2020.

ICEB General Assembly Archives

The ICEB General Assembly meets every four years.

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, the membership application form, and other ways of contacting ICEB.

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