Unified English Braille (UEB) Transcription

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Unified English Braille (UEB) Transcription

Prior braille knowledge is not required to enroll into this intensive course which follows a structured curriculum. The course can be completed at your own pace within twelve months. Once enrolled, students are assigned a Certified Instructor. This course leads to Transcription Certification in UEB. Upon successful completion, students are qualified to transcribe English print materials into contracted braille. This course is geared towards would-be transcribers, proofreaders and teachers.  

What You’ll Learn

There are 22 lessons, and each lesson includes print-to-braille transcription and reading exercises. Each lesson will build on the previous lesson. Students will learn punctuation and commonly used symbols, as well as type forms, accents, mathematical symbols, fractions, and basic technical concepts such as website addresses. Students will also learn basic formatting such as paragraphs, braille page numbering, headings, and lists.

What’s required?

This course requires registration. This is an intensive course and requires around 10-15 hours to complete a lesson. Students need to proofread exercises for accuracy.

This course must be completed within 12 months of enrolment (an extension may be granted for extenuating circumstances).

Students will be provided with the instruction manual “From Print to Braille With UEB”. The resource “The Rules of Unified English Braille (the Rulebook)” is available as a print PDF file or as a braille file from the ICEB website.

Fee: $500 (Includes the course manual and test. A discount applies for CNIB participants please inquire for more details).


At the end of the course, candidates will need to successfully pass the Transcribers test to obtain UEB Transcription Certification. This process will be initiated by the instructor.

Facts about Braille Literacy

For the blind community, braille is a key to literacy, education, employment, and success in life.

Braille is print

When children with sight loss are learning to read, braille is the best way for them to develop skills in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Audible technology doesn’t give new readers the tools that they need to read and write for themselves.

Braille enables employment

Several studies have shown that people with sight loss who know braille are more likely to be employed than those who rely on voice synthesizers.

Braille equals independence

Braille is a building block of literacy and a foundation of independence.