The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) was set up in August 2010.
BANZAT’s purpose is to set standards and to make rulings on braille code usage within New Zealand, maintain awareness and consistency with current international developments in all braille codes, accredit practitioners involved in braille production, promote braille as the prime literacy medium for blind people and promote best practice in teaching, acquisition and distribution of braille. Information about the history of braille in New Zealand is available here.
Four pages on the BANZAT website have been updated. About the Trust page has the news of the appointment of Karen Stobbs, succeeding Jenny McFadden who has retired from BANZAT; the page of Minutes has the Confirmed Minutes for 2020; Calendar of events has been updated; Useful links has name changes and broken links repaired.
We are inviting candidates to apply for this year’s examination in the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille. Applications close on 7 September 2020. Here are links to the invitation and the application form. Application form Invitation
Are you able to read uncontracted braille by touch or by sight? Are you interested in braille promotion, teaching, codes, and production? Are you able to attend usually four meetings per year with travel costs met. Are you willing to commit some time outside meetings to further BANZAT’s work? Have you served on a club … Read more
Three pages on the BANZAT website have been updated. Calendar of events has new dates for the ICEB Seventh General Assembly in October and 2021 Round Table in Melbourne; the page of Minutes has the Confirmed Minutes for the 19 November 2019 meeting; and About the Trust page carries the news of Parents of Vision … Read more
Braille is considered to be the primary literacy and numeracy medium for people who are blind or have low vision, even with the incredible rise of mainstream technology in recent times. Braille is more relevant and accessible than ever, and we need to make sure it’s available to those who need it most, whenever and … Read more