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Introducing UEB Online Accessible

UEB Online Accessible is a training program for people to learn Unified English Braille (UEB). Unified English Braille has been adopted by many countries and replaces standard english braille. The program is suitable for classroom and specialist teachers, parents, teacher aides and other professionals supporting children and adults with vision impairment.

For details on running UEBOnline Accessible we suggest that you read each of the following pages in full before starting to ensure you get the most from UEBOnline Accessible.

This program has been created by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre. We acknowledge the support and permission from the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities and Australian Braille Authority for the adaptation of content from the Unified English Braille: Australian Training Manual, 2014 (edited by Howse, J., Riessen, K., & Holloway, L.).

We would also like to acknowledge a number of people and organisations that have assisted with the program development on our acknowledgements pages.

To access the program online, all that is needed is a standard computer and keyboard, a screen reader (e.g. NVDA or JAWS), and a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox). An optional extra is a refreshable braille display. Completion of the 30 lessons and exercises is self-paced, with instant written and audio feedback and result notification as learners progress through each lesson. Learners may choose to receive audio feedback as they complete each word, with the option to repeat or spell each word, and/or read the entire sentence.

The target audience for UEB Online Accessible includes teachers of braille who are blind or have low vision and who use voice output software or refreshable braille displays to access online information. The program is also well suited to teachers, allied professionals and parents/carers who wish to introduce UEB, in conjunction with assistive technology and computing, to children or adults who are blind or have low vision.

In developing UEB Online Accessible, RIDBC recognises that equity of information access is an underlying principle of the Australian government’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006. Program registration and course completion are free, with low cost certificates available from RIDBC for those who require verification of program completion. To register and commence learning UEB, please visit http://accessible.uebonline.org/register.

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