In the simplest explanation, UEB Online enables people with or without sight to learn the Unified English Braille (UEB) code. But there is nothing simple about UEB Online or the recognition it is receiving globally.
The first of its kind, the global program has more than 18,500 subscribers from 197 countries.
Currently, the UEB Online website offers courses in UEB literacy, UEB introductory mathematics (primary school level) and UEB advanced mathematics (lower secondary level), with more to follow.
“Professionals and parents supporting children who are blind can access the UEB Online braille training programs from any location – all they need is a computer and internet access” Fran said.
Accessibility is key for UEB Online, as Fran explains, “By providing free, open access to the UEB Online website, any financial or geographical barriers to learning braille are minimised.”
Starting in 2013, the goal for the RIDBC team was to develop an online, self-paced and self-marking braille training program in Unified English Braille. Seven years later the program has exceeded its goal.
As Josie explains, “I am a passionate advocate for braille as the corner-stone of literacy for blind people and to have been given the opportunity to play a significant part – from the development of the content to the daily braille support to subscribers since 2014. It has been extremely satisfying.”