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Unified English Braille Code (Part-time)

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Community Services

About the Program

Braille is a tactile system of raised dots representing letters of the alphabet. To read braille requires that the fingers glide over paper that has been embossed with the braille code. The Unified English Braille (UEB) Code program consists of a cluster of four- 42-hour courses that will prepare graduates to work with a range of individuals in the community with visual impairment by supporting them by learning the UEB Code. Students will develop the basic skills of Unified English braille from letter recognition through to complex abbreviated communication as well as mathematical concepts using the Classic Perkins Brailler in order to decode and produce braille.
This program will be of interest to professionals, para-professionals, volunteers and parents who may find themselves working with or supporting individuals who are visually impaired throughout the community.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Graduate Opportunities

This program will be of interest to professionals, para professionals, volunteers and parents who may find themselves working with or supporting individuals who are visually impaired throughout the community.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMM1425 Introduction to the Unified English Braille Code
Description: This course will introduce students to the beginning principles and mechanics of Unified English Braille as a method of communication with visually challenged individuals across the age spectrum. Using the Classic Perkins Brailler, students will develop skills to mechanically produce and visually read non contracted “alphabetic” braille. In addition, they will demonstrate the ability to braille simple mathematical concepts to support individuals who may require assistance in decoding braille.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
COMM1435 Unified English Braille Contractions I
Description: Using Unified English Braille as a foundation, this course will provide students with an understanding some of the elements of contracted braille. Contracted braille is a short form version of Braille which is space saving and allows for more rapid reading and writing. Students will develop skills in visually identifying, decoding and mechanically producing many code contractions. They will create communication documents using word-signs and group signs.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
COMM1445 Unified English Braille Contractions II
Description: Building on concepts covered in Unified English Braille Contractions, this course will deepen students' understanding of contracted braille and its uses. Students will examine additional word and group signs and demonstrate enhanced visual reading of braille and mechanical braille writing. .
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
COMM1475 Advanced Unified English Braille
Description: This course will examine Unified English Braille as an essential element of communication in the pursuit of an independent lifestyle. Students will enhance their skills in visually decoding and producing Unified English Braille. They will demonstrate ability to identify and create in braille complex communication and mathematical concepts.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3


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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Karen Towler,, 519-748-5220 ext. 5491

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