On January 4, 2016, the United States adopted the Unified English Braille (UEB) code overseen by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA). An estimated 286,000 working-age braille users, thousands of professionals who provide service to those with vision loss, as well as family members need a simple, mobile tool for learning UEB.
In order to address this need, Portland State University’s Special Education and Computer Engineering Departments developed a braille eLearning platform, UEB PREP.
UEB Prep is an iPhone/Android app that teaches the tactile system of braille to both sighted people and the visually impaired.
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Since the adoption UEB in the United States in 2016, many dedicated professionals have contributed to the development of UEB transcriber manuals, webcasts, and university level textbooks, yet, few have explored the importance of mobile learning approaches in teaching the braille code. Led by faculty at Portland State University and in partnership with Cyrkus, a Portland-based software development team, UEB PREP is an iOS and Android application that harnesses the ubiquity of mobile devices and provides users an interactive, educational gaming platform suitable for a wide range of adult learners.
The mission of the UEB PREP project is to make braille learning accessible and fun to all.
We want to gather input on the UEB PREP app. Look out for an invitation to complete a short survey and enter to win a $100.00 gift card.