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Calendar of Upcoming Events

October 17, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
October 18, 2017 - Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist
October 19, 2017 - Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs
October 28, 2017 - Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
October 31, 2017 - All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween)
November 1, 2017 - Solemnity of All Saints
November 2, 2017 - The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
November 4, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop
November 9, 2017 - Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
November 10, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
November 11, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop
November 13, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
November 17, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
November 21, 2017 - Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 22, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
November 26, 2017 - The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 30, 2017 - Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
December 3, 2017 - First Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
December 8, 2017 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 10, 2017 - Second Sunday of Advent
December 12, 2017 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
December 14, 2017 - Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
December 17, 2017 - Third Sunday of Advent
December 24, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 25, 2017 - The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
December 26, 2017 - Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr
December 27, 2017 - Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
December 28, 2017 - Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs
December 31, 2017 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
January 1, 2018 - Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
January 2, 2018 - Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church
January 4, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
January 5, 2018 - Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop

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Latest Additions for Audio Clients through September 2017

Autobiography of St. Ignatius, by St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Ignatius’ feast day is celebrated in October. His autobiography was dictated to Father Gonzalez, it gives insight into the spiritual life St. Ignatius. It gives a valuable key to understanding his spiritual exercises.

Before I Go: Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters, by Peter Kreeft. In short chapter format, this book lovingly, gently and wisely shares with children all the important information that Christian parents want their kids to embrace.

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, by Rev. Richard Rohr. Explores the early Christian image of the Trinity: perichoresis, a circle dance. The unending flow of giving and receiving between Father, Son, and Spirit is the pattern of reality. God is not only a dancer, but the Dance itself! We’re all invited to participate into the rhythms of New Creation.

God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict the XVI). A collection of homilies given by Pope Benedict XVI when he was Archbishop of Freising and Munich, addressing questions, problems and issues related to the origin, meaning and practice of the Eucharist in the life of Christians.

A History of the Christian Tradition: From the Reformation to the Present,  by Thomas McGonigle and James F. Quigley. Takes the reader through the momentous events of the post-Reformation Christian world to the dawning of the ecumenical movement in the late 20th century. Beginning with an overview of Protestant Europe and culminating in the Second Vatican Council and the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

Letters From an Understanding Friend: Jesus on the Way to Jerusalem, by Isaiah Powers. Offers creative ways to reflect and meditate on the message of the Gospel, by creating inspiring letters from Jesus.

The Life of Christ, by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Filled with compassion and brilliant scholarship, Fulton Sheen’s recounting of the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ is as dramatic and moving as the subject Himself.

Saint Cecilia, by Dom. Prosper Gueranger. St. Cecilia’s feast is in November, if you want to read more, we have a short biography. This is a classical story, written long ago, of the virgin patron of musicians.

Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life, by Jeremy Langford. Through an artful use of the Christian tradition, insights from the spiritual masters, and compelling real-life examples, Langford shows seekers and believers alike how God can be found in all things, and how the ordinary events in our lives can be places of extraordinary grace.

The Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, by Brother William Short, OFM, STL, STD. St. Francis’ feast day is in October. This was previously published under the title “The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality.” This is a second edition with completely re-recorded an updated lectures.

True Devotion to the Holy Spirit, by Archbishop Luis Martinez. Written by a former Archbishop of Mexico City, this handbook explains how you should respond to the Spirit, how the Spirit helps you grow in virtue, and the characteristics of true love of the Spirit.

Welcoming Jesus: Advent Reflections, by Pope Francis and Henri J.M. Nouwen. Prayers and Meditations for the Advent Season.

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Latest Additions for Audio Clients

A Mystic’s Work: Julian of Norwich by Professor Christina Carlson, PhD.: This course explores the inspiring and timeless wisdom of Julian of Norwich.
All You Who Labor: Work and the Sanctification of Daily Life by Stefan Cardinal Wysynski: Learn how to turn your work into a tool for personal growth in holiness. This book will help you change your work from a curse into a blessing.
Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross: Depicts the soul’s ascent to Mount Carmel—allegorically, the place of God—and the “dark night” that the soul must endure to reach it.
Building Your Life on Rock: Standing Firm in the Storm by Ralph Martin: How to build our lives on rock and equip ourselves spiritually so that we can reach out to others with true charity and how fidelity to the Word of God will give us the strength to stand victorious in difficult times.
Connected Towards Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome: Traces the Roman Catholic Church’s contemporary thought and practice of social communication, to the church’s approach to communicating faith through social networking today.
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Rev. Richard Rohr: Seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.”
Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict XVI addresses the many controversies the Church faces and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the Papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him.
Letters from an Understanding Friend: Jesus on the Way to Jerusalem by Rev. Isaias Powers: Offers creative ways to reflect and meditate on the message of the Gospel, by creating inspiring letters from Jesus.
Lord Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession by Scott Hahn: A guide providing practical advice and inspiration that will help readers come to a deeper knowledge of themselves and of Jesus through the sacrament of penance.
My Saint Pio Prayer Book by Pio Foundation of America: Prayers from the Padre Pio Shrine in Connecticut.
Praying with John of the Cross by Wayne Simsic: John of the Cross was a poet, mystic, theologian, spiritual director, administrator, and collaborator with Teresa of Avila in the reform of the Carmelites. Pope Pius XI proclaimed John a Doctor of the Church.
Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today and Striving to Serve Him Faithfully by Michael S. Rose: True stories of ten real priests which show us that, contrary to media reports, priestly virtue courage, humility, sacrifice, and above all charity continues to flourish in rectories throughout America.
Pursuing Holiness: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales by Ralph Martin: Through the inspiration of the timeless teachings of St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church and famous 16th century author, Martin provides insights that enables us to live the fervent, authentic Catholic life to which we are called.
Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story by Ed & Christopher Lucas: The incredible true tale written by a beloved Emmy-winning blind broadcaster who refused to let his disability prevent him from overcoming many challenging obstacles and achieving his dreams.
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer: The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.
The Journey to Peace: Reflections on Faith, Embracing Suffering, and Finding New Life by Alphonse Spilly, Jeremy Langford, and Msgr. Kenneth Velo. A posthumous collection of previously unpublished excerpts from the homilies of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Like Bernardin’s autobiography, The Gift of Peace, much of this new volume has an elegant and simple style.
The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri Nouwen: In this fresh interpretation of modern ministry, Nouwen offers inspiration to men and women who want to be of service in their Church or community, but who have found the traditional ways of ministry alienating and ineffective.

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Latest Additions to the Braille Library

(In 1 volume unless otherwise noted.)

After 50: Spiritually Embracing Your Own Wisdom Years, by Robert J. Wicks. This book encourages readers to focus on three areas in preparation for retirement: building interior lives with prayer, caring for others from a deeper place in the soul and nurturing their own soul and hopeful heart.
Around the Table: Retelling the Story of the Eucharist through the Eyes of Jesus’ Followers, by R. Scott Hurd. Endeavors to help the reader come to a richer understanding and deeper gratitude for this tremendous gift by which we are healed, strengthened, renewed, and challenged to become the loving persons God has created him or her to be. 2 vols.
Creed: The Word of God, Our Catholic Life series, Book 2, by Bill Huebsch. Out of love, God has revealed the divine to us gradually in deeds and in words, and most fully through Jesus Christ. Main themes: God Reveals His Loving Plan of Goodness; Sacred Scripture is the Word of God; I Believe in God the Father; The Love of the Trinity; God, the Creator; Our Guide and Inspiration: The Holy Spirit.
Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words, Edited by Fr. Louis Kondor, SVD. The memoirs of Sr. Lucia, the longest surviving of the three children of Fatima, translated by the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary. 4 vols.
How Can I Understand the Bible? God’s Word Can Change Your Life, by Bill Bright. Written by the founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ, this book helps unlock the rich resources of the Bible. 4 vols.
Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles, by Raymond Arroyo. Traces Mother Angelica’s tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, both outside and inside of her church. 6 vols.
Prayers for All Occasions: From the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima, Alan Frost. Article from Ireland’s Own magazine, May 5, 2017.
The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows, Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. Fifty years after a successful Hollywood career as Dolores Hart, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life, with co-author and life-long friend, Richard De Neut. 6 vols.
The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present, by John W. O’Malley, S.J. An accessible introduction for anyone interested in world or church history. Provides a timeline, a list of significant figures, recommendations for additional reading, and more. 2 vols.
The Wounded Healer, by Henri J.M. Nouwen. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.
Universal Letters: James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1,2,and 3 John, Jude, by William A. Anderson, DMin, PhD. Probes several New Testament letters that were addressed to the “Catholic” or universal, Church. General in nature, these letters welcomed and addressed all Christians.  6 vols.


Anna’s Talking Hands, by Sr. Marie Cecile Godreau, P.V.M.I. A book written for children about the adventures of a deaf girl who wants to join a circus.
Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children around the World, by Pope Francis. While this book has been mentioned in a previous Xavier Review, it proved to be very popular, so we thought we’d mention it here again in case newer clients, especially those with children, have not heard about it. The braille edition is provided along with a very colorful hardcover print copy.



Here is a listing of some incredibly popular titles that are still available to request:
Healing Wounded Emotions, by Martin H. Padovani. Wise, practical advice on how we communicate, listen, grow in intimacy, and forgive, leading to a lasting spiritual relationship. 2 vols.
Raised by the Church: Growing up in New York City’s Catholic Orphanages by Edward Eohs and Judith Estrine.  A remarkable piece of American history that tells, through the story of one bright, mischievous orphan, of the history of the Catholic orphanage system in New York. 6 vols.
Vatican II Documents. It is 16 documents in 14 volumes (the volumes are quite thin) and they are the official documents of the Vatican II Council which addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world in the 1960s. We have a limited quantity left so please get in touch to reserve your copy today!
YouCat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, published by Ignatius Press. The Youth Catechism was written in language suitable for young people and we often recommend it to our older lay readers as it is not as complex as the Catechism itself.  6 vols.

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Latest Additions in Braille for Clients

January 2017

[In one volume, unless otherwise noted]

A Tree Full of Angels, by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. The Benedictine tradition and practice of divine reading made accessible for everyone. 3 vols.

Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God, by Macrina Weiderkehr, OSB. In these scriptural meditations, the piercing reflective questions and personal prayers lead the reader into a deeper relationship with the Divine. The book lends itself not only to daily personal prayer and reflection, but to group faith sharing as well. 3 vols.

Arise Together in Christ, Season One, RENEW International, 2016. A parish-centered process of spiritual renewal and evangelization that enables people to deepen their faith, develop a closer relationship with Christ, grow in community, and reach out in service to others. 6 vols.

Articles on Mary. A collection of ten articles which have appeared in the Catholic Review from 2000-2011.

Canticle of the Sun, by St. Francis of Assisi. A poem written by St. Francis of Assisi praising God for some of the wonders of the world.

Celebrating Mercy: Jubilee year of Mercy 2015-2016, by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization Jubilee Year of Mercy 2015-2016.

Dark Night of the Soul, by Saint John of the Cross. This spiritual masterpiece and classic of Christian literature and mysticism discusses the “dark night of the spirit,” which considers afflictions and pain suffered by the soul. It is followed by an extended explanation of divine love and the soul’s exultant union with God. (From online source: Christian Classics Ethereal Library.) 2 vols.

Favorite Novenas & Prayers. Compiled and edited by Norma Cronin Cassidy. A collection of classic novenas & prayers. 2 vols. .

Forgiveness: Following Jesus Into Radical Loving, by Paula Huston. The author examines the intellectual, psychological, social, and spiritual meanings of forgiveness. She asks tough questions and then offers possible solutions, drawing a portrait of a truly forgiving person.  2 vols.

Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations, by the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, National Conference Catholic Bishops. Published by the USCCB.

Handbook for Lectors, by Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J. An instructional manual for lectors.

Jesuits Saints and Selected Blesseds, Collected and Edited by Tom Rochford, SJ. Biographies of fifty Jesuit saints and 140 Jesuits who have been declared Blessed. 3 vols.

Jesus our Eucharistic Love: Eucharistic Life Exemplified by the Saints, by Fr. Stefano M. Manelli, FI. A treasure of Eucharistic devotional writings and examples from the Saints showing their Eucharistic love and devotion.

Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice, by James Allison. Alison’s approach to faith will appeal to those seeking an authentic faith, to doubters who are looking for fresh views, and to those who have survived harmful theologies and church practices. 6 vols.

My Saint Pio Prayer Book. A treasury of prayers from the Padre Pio Foundation of America.

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, by Colleen Carroll Campbell. The author blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles, and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. 3 vols.

Novena to Our Lady of Knock, by the Knock Shrine Office.

101 Questions & Answers On the Crusades & The Inquisition, by John Vidmar, OP. Takes an honest look at two controversial events in Christian history, showing in what ways the seemingly different historical events are related, and undoing several misconceptions about both. 2 vols.

Prayers for Vocations, by United States Conference of Catholic Bishop. Forty-one prayers composed by the USCCB. .

Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi, Compiled from Online Sources. Prayers written by St. Francis of Assisi. A short booklet. 

Silence, by Shusaku Endo. A fictional novel, which tells the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion. 3 vols.

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Gregory Boyle. A series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Fr. Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Reader warning: Strong language. 3 Vols.

The Angels and Us, by Mortimer J. Adler. Examines the main questions raised by theologians and philosophers over the twenty-four centuries since angelic beings were first thought about. (This is a complete revision of the 2004 edition.) 4 vols.

The Lawyer’s Relic & A Grandfather’s Dilemma: Two Novellas of Faith & Integrity, by Julian Bauer. This book tells two different stories. The first deals with the dilemma of an agnostic lawyer and the second, the problem of an elderly man, both who must face issues of life, faith and integrity. 3 vols.

The Shed that Fed A Million Children: The Mary’s Meals Story, by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Chronicles the work of MacFarlane-Barrow to feed the world’s children. 4 Vols.

The Story of Knock, by Father James, OFM, Cap. (EWTN) The story of Mary’s apparition at Knock in Ireland, a short booklet.

Three Minutes A Day, Volume 51, 2017, Toni Rossi, Editor-In-Chief. Published by The Christophers. Daily three minute meditations with short vignettes, covering 12 months of the year. 4 vols.

Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart: Lessons in Holiness and Evangelization from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, by Susan Muto. Explains how twelve facets of the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood can enhance the evangelical mission of the Church. 3 Vols.

Would you Baptize An Extraterrestrial? ... and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-Box at the Vatican Observatory, by Br. Guy Consolmango, SJ and Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ. Witty and thought provoking, two Vatican astronomers shed provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet. 6 vols.

You’ll Never Be younger: A Good News Spirituality for Those over 60, by William J. O’Malley. Teaches how to use Spirituality to help live with enthusiasm in the later years of life. 3 vols.

Young Adult

Guidelines for Altar Servers, Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Handbook for young Altar Servers.

Sophie Wonders about Eucharist.

Sophie Wonders about Confirmation.

This Is Our Church: A Guide for Children, by Msgr. James A. Comiskey. Explains the different parts of a Catholic church, such as the altar, ambo, music center, and confessional.

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Latest Audio for Clients

January 2017,
Additions to Catalogue

Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones, by Scott Hahn. Through stories about angels and saints Dr. Hahn shows how we can begin our heavenly life here on earth.

A Call to Mercy: Hearts To Love, Hands to Serve, by Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa Offers her profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.

Pilgrimage: My Search for Pope Francis, by Mark Shriver. An intimate portrait of Pope Francis based on interviews with people who knew him long before he stepped into the shoes of St. Peter.

Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, by St. Catherine of Siena. Written during a state of ecstasy, this work from this saint of the Middle Ages, is Instructive and profound,... inspires with a revelation from God.

Why Do Catholics Genuflect? By Al Kresta. Answers to Puzzling questions about the Catholic Church. D1131

The World’s First Love: Mary the Mother of God, Fulton J. Sheen. A moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary that combines deep spirituality with history, philosophy and theology.

Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots, by Scott Hahn. A clear and comprehensive guide to the Biblical doctrines and historical traditions that underlie Catholic beliefs and practices

The Life of Mary as Seen by Mystics, by Raphael Brown. Details on the life of Mary and the Holy Family.

Catholic for a Reason, Edited by Scott Hahn. Series of essays that will help Catholics and non-Catholics alike develop a better understanding of the Church.

Resisting Happiness, by Matthew Kelly. A true story about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves… and how to start choosing happiness again.

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path To Knowing and Following Jesus
, by Sherry Weddell. By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples. These are times of immense challenge and immense opportunity for the Catholic Church.

Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence, by Sarah Young. A follow-up to Jesus Calling. A thirty-six day devotional experience with scripture reading for each day in addition to guided reflection and prayer thoughts.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young. Personal writings and reflections, daily meditations based on Jesus own words of hope, guidance and peace within Scripture.

Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World, by Pope Francis and the Children of the World. Letters from Children to Pope Francis and his answers to them.

The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of A Medieval Women’s Movement, by Laura Swan. The history of a group of women who never took solemn vows or lived in monasteries, but lived their lives devoted to God. The movement began around 1200 and lasted over 500 years. Though largely unknown, their influence on history is undeniable.

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Catholic New York Reports on our St Lucy Mass

The Catholic New York newspaper honored us with an article recounting our Saint Lucy Mass at the Lady Chapel of Saint Patricks Cathedral - please click on the link to read the full article. Saint Lucy Mass

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UEB will eventually replace the current English Braille American Edition and that the U.S. will retain the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation.

BANA Adopts Unified English Braille (UEB) for United States

On November 2, 2012, the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) set a new course for the future of braille in the United States (U.S.) when it adopted Unified English Braille (UEB). The motion, which passed decisively, specifies that UEB will eventually replace the current English Braille American Edition and that the U.S. will retain the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation.

The transition to UEB will not be immediate and will follow a carefully crafted timeline. Implementation plans will be formulated with the input and participation of stakeholders from the consumer, education, rehabilitation, transcription, and production communities. Plans will take into consideration the various aspects of creating, teaching, learning, and using braille in a wide variety of settings. The plans will be designed to provide workable transitions for all involved in braille use and production and to minimize disruption for current braille readers.

UEB is based on the current literary braille code and was developed with input from many people, primarily braille readers, who worked to achieve an optimal balance among many key factors. Those factors include keeping the general-purpose literary code as its base, allowing the addition of new symbols, providing flexibility for change as print changes, reducing the complexity of rules, and allowing greater accuracy in back translation.

Letters and numbers will stay the same as they are in the current literary code. There will be some changes to punctuation, but most will remain the same. Some rules for the use of contractions will change. Nine contractions will be eliminated, and some contractions will be used more often. A FAQ providing more detail about changes is available on the BANA website.

After implementation, the official braille codes for the United States will be Unified English Braille; Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision and published updates; Music Braille Code, 1997; and The IPA Braille Code, 2008.

More detailed information about UEB and the motion that BANA passed can be found on the BANA website at

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