Display of the Month
Every month, PERL features a new display in the Reference Area, highlighting seasonally themed books or specific parts of our collection. Though located in the Reference Area, the items on display are available to be checked out.
January: Braille Literacy Month
January is Braille Literacy Month. We have three braille children’s books on display alongside a biography of Louis Braille, the man who invented the braille code system, and a book on adaptive technology for the internet, including the use of braille displays to read web content. Unfortunately, our braille books are currently out of date since the US adopted a new English braille code in 2016, the Unified English Braille (UEB) code.
UEB is a unified code for English braille aimed at replacing the variety of codes that have been created by various English-using countries over time. The US adopted UEB as its new official English braille system in 2012 and set January 2016 as the date for consistent implementation. All braille transcriptions in the US are now made with UEB code, and educators are required to teach UEB to their students.
To find more information about Unified English Braille, its implementation, the code itself, etc., visit the Braille Authority of North America’s website.