As of January 4, Unified English Braille (UEB) became the official braille code in the United States. Therefore, going forward, the LightHouse will complete all new braille translation projects in UEB, unless specifically requested to do otherwise. This includes braille labels on any tactile graphics and maps.
Though accessible signage is not currently required to be in UEB, the LightHouse is recommending to the state that this change be made and included in any upcoming revisions to accessibility codes. We will keep our clients apprised of the progress of this recommendation.
To help with the new code, Access to Information Services (AIS) has created a helpful reference book – Unified English Braille: Contractions, Signs, and Indicators. The book is available in a braille version (BR410, $5), or a combined braille and large print version (BR412, $25) from our store, Adaptations.
You can also find the UEB Rulebook, Second Edition, in both PDF and BRF.
If you have any questions regarding the transition, or about UEB, please feel free to contact us at MADLab@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7349.
Adaptations, the LightHouse Store is located at 214 Van Ness in San Francisco, open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call us at (415) 694-7301 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.