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"I am sure many will benefit from this book and your painstaking efforts will make it a valuable resource for years to come."


Christo de Klerk,

President of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB)



This is a fantastic book for any student learning Braille. It’s perfect for distance learning for both the students and parents. The students get lots of practice with the Braille contractions. Its very easy to use. I love that you can use the curriculum in different was to meet your students needs. If your looking for something during distant learning give it a try!

Thank you for making a great resource for us!

Janis Bodley
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Rio Rancho, New Mexico


"It's such an AWESOME book and everybody who teaches Braille

should know about it!"


Jeannine Hobbes

Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Educational Vision ServicesNew York City Department of Education



Am sick of waiting for a copy from a colleague (who is hogging it)

so I am buying my own!
Thanks to you for making such wonderful resources!

J Tait, Specialist Teacher (Vision)

Sydney, Australia


I definitely like how the braille contractions are gradually introduced

in this edition. I think my students will be able to make more sense of it

in the revised sections on alphabetic wordsigns and

strong wordsigns and groupsigns.

I like that you now offer a double-spaced version of this book for

students who are just starting to read braille.

Shelley Franklin

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments

Mississippi School for the Blind


The book is fantastic with quality sentences, saves teachers trawling

their brains to come up with new examples all the time!!

Tricia d'Apice

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Sydney, Australia


I LOVE your books,

and how my kiddos are just taking off with their Braille because of it! 


My Master’s Degree is in curriculum and instruction, so I tend to get really excited about excellent curriculum. Yours is truly excellent!

Tamara Black, M.A. Education

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments 

San Ramon Valley Unified School District 




I love your Actual Tactual books (UEB Practice Sentences)!!

I teach 11 blind students and they are at different levels.

I love how your book targets a contraction until they get it!

Holly Jeffries, TVI NBCT

Charlotte, North Carolina


I just wanted to let any other beginners (especially) know that I am finding Roberta Becker's book "UEB Practice Sentences" very helpful.

It provides lots of carefully structured, progressive repetition of basics,

and having the correct braille on the facing page helps with

immediate feedback and learning. 


Lenore Harriman

Braille Transcribtion Student




... it was very good having sentences that were deliberately written to maximize the usage of contractions and shortforms.


Michael Badger

Braille Transcribtion Student




"... It's my favorite! It was one of the first books out in UEB and

was a life saver for me. Appreciate your hard work.

I can't find anything like it even now. Thanks."


And from the same person, on a different day...


What a relief to find this. I've used it every day since [I got it].

It's an absolute gold mine for my students."


Penny Kimberling

Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Kansas State School for the Blind




"Your Practice Books were very well received by staff! Very well organized. An excellent resource to support TVIs & Braille learners. 

Your book deserves to be in the hands of more TVIs."


Cynthia Baker

Certified Braille Transcriber

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Monroe One, BOCES




"I have Roberta Becker’s new book and absolutely love it!

My students like it too. So awesome!

A must in your teaching materials, I believe."

"Thanks so much for your contribution to our community!"


Martha Castiglia

Teacher of the Visually Impaired





"I very much love your book!!!  You have taken a lot of work away from me and for that I am eternally grateful. My students find reading 

much more frustrating than writing, so many time I have them practice 

reading the sentences as well. They love how short they are, and I love 

how they are separated by contraction learning levels."


Lupita Hernandez

Teacher of the Visually Impaired




"UEB Practice Sentences is an invaluable tool, and I believe every TVI should own a copy. As a graduate student working towards my TVI certification, it has been incredibly beneficial in helping me prepare lesson plans and units that follow a logical progression. I have used the book with a middle school student as a supplemental tool for practicing reading and writing UEB braille, and I can't imagine not having this resource.

The practice sentences target specific contractions, and the sentences within each set increase in difficulty. This allows the teacher to pick and pull sentences that are appropriate for the grade and development level of the student. The simbraille presented side-by-side from the printed text in the teachers manual is extremely helpful for quickly checking your student's accuracy, especially for new teachers, or TVI's who haven't worked with a student who uses braille in a while.

I can't recommend this product enough! Thank you, Roberta Becker, for creating a teacher, parent, and paraeducator friendly product that supports our students' learning of UEB braille."


Leslie Hagood

TVI Graduate Student/Paraeducator Trainer

 Portland, Oregon




"My very first impression... I love the ORGANIZATION of the book... simbraille on the left, print on the right, and consistent labeling of the sets. I also love the way the sentences go from shorter to longer down the set. It’s a very eye-pleasing organization. I can definitely see it’s potential for use with my graduate school braille students." 


Sheila Amato, Ed.D.

Adjunct Instructor in Braille, West Virginia University

Certified Braille Transcriber




"This book is great! I love how you have everything broken down into lessons and the content really reflects what they need to know for the CST with NYS.  I definitely think this could be utilized with our students to better prepare them for the exam."


Yvette M. Blitzer, M.S. in Ed

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Coordinator, Program for Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Dominican College of Blauvelt




"Unified English Braille Practice Sentences is a wonderful tool that systematically teaches students the UEB contractions. It provides sentences that are age and gender neutral with options for complexity. I have had the opportunity to use this book with one of my students and we have both really enjoyed it! My student enjoys selecting the sentences with the most contractions as she states they are more fun! I also appreciate having the simulated braille on the corresponding page - especially if and when I have any doubts about a braille rule!

I definitely recommend this book to fellow TVI's!”


Carmen Willings/TVI 

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 

North Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia





"I absolutely love the book. I use it with my 6th grade

and 11th grade students." 


Karen Palau

Teacher of the Visually Impaired




"These excellent materials are designed to show visual learners how braille is constructed using a six dot braille cell. The children will have lots of valuable practice and lots of fun using

the carefully designed materials."


Phil Mangold, 30 year Teacher of Blind and Low Vision Children

(... and my co-author of our previous book, Literary Braille Practice Sentences)




"I think your program is wonderful! Currently, I am working with a student who is in fifth grade. This book is actually helping both of us significantly!

I am learning a lot about UEB.

I did take a correspondence course. I found it helpful, but

I really do feel that this program is easier to work with."

Chelsea Hale

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Orientation and Mobility Instructor

Genesee Valley BOCES, New York






You sent me a text asking about the book you sent to me, and I have tried to figure out a short text response to you.  I have realized I have too much to say, so I am sending an email instead.


I really like the book.  


I like that there is the correct brailling on the left side of the book.  It is very helpful to be able to check my work right away.


I like that she adds punctuation, the number sign, capital letters, and so on a little at a time instead of all at once.


I also am enjoying learning the shortened (contractions) words a little at a time.  That is very helpful to my overwhelmed brain.


This book has been so very helpful.  It has been a way to keep me going forward.  It has been a blessing 


I know this is long, but I did want to let you know as much as possible.  


Thank you,



Letter from Vivian to her braille teacher, John

Braille Transcription Student



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