Braille Book Review

September-October 1999

In Brief


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Participants sought for international braille essay contest The World Blind Union (WBU) Literacy Committee, in cooperation with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, is sponsoring an essay contest on the topic "What Braille Means to Me."

People who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, or sighted are invited to submit personal perspectives and descriptions of how braille has affected their lives. The papers should be 1,000 to 5,000 words long and may be written in English, French, or Spanish. Entries may be braille or print, but electronic submissions are preferred. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate page providing the contestantūs name, address, and phone number. Essays should not include personal identification within the text.

An international panel will judge entries on the level of interest and on how compelling, powerful, and creative they are. Ten winners will be notified by mail, and each will receive $500 (Canadian). Decisions of the judges will be final. The winning essays will be published for international distribution in English, French, and Spanish, at which time they will become the property of WBU.

There are no citizenship restrictions or fees, and entries will not be returned.

To enter, send your essay to The CNIB, 1929 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON M4G 3E8, Attention: James W. Sanders, or by e-mail to:

The Canadian Braille Authority and the Government of Canada Literacy Secretariat are also cooperating with this effort.

International Council on English Braille meets in Baltimore, Maryland Bettye Niceley of the National Federation of the Blind, Kim Charlson of the American Council of the Blind, Frances Mary D'Andrea of the American Foundation for the Blind, and Phyllis Campana of the American Printing House for the Blind will represent the Braille Authority of North America at the General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, November 2-5.

One project under discussion will be the Unified Braille Code (UBC) Research Project, which BANA is conducting. The project is exploring the possibility of unifying the braille codes that are used for literary material (English Braille, American Edition), mathematics and scientific notation (Nemeth code), and computer notation (computer braille code) in all member countries.

The meeting will take place at the National Federation of the Blind headquarters. Those interested in attending as observers should contact Niceley at

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