A reminder – the Round Table Blog is closing

Please be advised that the Round Table Blog will be closing on the 31st of July 2014 and will be removed at the end of 2014.

Information about Round Table activities will be available from the Round Table Mailing list, hosted by freelists, and from the Round Table web site http://printdisability.org/

To enable a smooth transition to the mailing list all email addresses currently subscribed to this blog will be subscribed to the Round Table mailing list. If you do not wish to be subscribed to the mailing list could you please advise me by email, off list please, at admin@printdisability.org

Kind Regards,
Tammy Axelsen
Administration Officer


The Round Table blog is closing

Please be advised that the Round Table Blog will be closing on the 31st of July 2014.

Information about Round Table activities will be available from the Round Table Mailing list, hosted by freelists, and from the Round Table web site http://printdisability.org/

To enable a smooth transition to the mailing list all email addresses currently subscribed to this blog will be subscribed to the Round Table mailing list. If you do not wish to be subscribed to the mailing list could you please advise me by email, off list please, at admin@printdisability.org

Kind Regards,
Tammy Axelsen
Administration Officer


2014 Round Table Conference – avoid paying a late registration fee

Please click here to access an updated 2014 Round Table Conference Program   and registration form.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Conference Registrations.  Register before the 5th of April (Friday) to avoid a late registration fee.

 
Accommodation Bookings.  To access the specially negotiated accommodation rates bookings must be made direct with the Royal on the Park Brisbane by Friday 11 April 2014. All bookings subject to availability.

Conference Dates:
Saturday 17th May to Tuesday 20th May 2014

VENUES
Saturday 17th May
Braille House, Queensland Braille Writing Association
507 Ipswich Road, Annerley, Queensland 4103

Sunday 18th May to Tuesday 20th May
Royal on the Park Brisbane
Corner Alice Street and Albert Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000
Phone +61 7 3112 1671

CONFERENCE THEME
“Information Access – Putting the person at the centre”

Information Access is important to all people who have a print disability, and has many dimensions, including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), and facilities (libraries, websites, agencies, educational institutions, local councils). Person-centred approaches empower people with a print disability by positioning them at the centre of policy, decision-making and service planning and delivery. At the 2014 Annual Conference, we will explore the broad terrain of person-centeredness in policy, management, supports and services at global, national and local levels.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mary Kelly, Equity Director, QUT; “University access & equity for students with a disability”

Dr L. Penny Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Disability and Psych educational Studies, The University of Arizona; “Increasing the mathematics competence of youth with vision impairment through the AnimalWatch Vi Suite iPad App”

 Graeme Innes, Human Rights Commission & John Berryman, Former CEO RIDBC; “From philanthropy to human rights: Information access”

Enquiries to:
Tammy Axelsen
Administration Officer
Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
PO Box 229
LINDISFARNE TAS AUSTRALIA 7015
Ph: 0417 101 418/03 6265 1519
Email: admin@printdisability.org


Onkyo World Braille Essay Competition

Blind Citizens Australia has been appointed as the National Onkyo Selection Committee (NOSC) for Australia. The contest is sponsored by the Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and The Braille Mainichi in Japan, and is implemented by the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP).

This is an annual project with cash prizes awarded to the best seven entries received with the main prize, “the Otsuki Prize” being $US 1,000. Other prizes are for “Excellent Works” which are $US 500 and “Fine Works” which are either $US 300 or $US 200 depending on the age group.

Participation in the contest is open to anyone who is blind or vision impaired, is over 14 years of age, and lives in the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific Region. Entries are divided into two age groups which are: persons between the ages of 14 and 25 years; and persons from the age of 26 years upwards.

If you enjoy writing Braille essays, or know someone who does, then please carefully read the Terms and Conditions on the Onkyo World Braille Essay Page.

Entries must be submitted in Braille to the BCA National Office, Ross House, Level 3, 247-251 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000 by 15 May 2014. A computerised copy of your entry would also be helpful.

If you have any questions please phone BCA on 03 9654 1400.

 


Mozilla’s $25 accessible smartphone

A potentially exciting development in the field of cheap accessible mobile phones.

Scheduled to go on sale later this year, these US$25 smartphones will largely be targeted at people in developing countries. However,  as the last sentence in the article mentions, they are likely to help drive down the price of smartphones globally and remove price as a barrier to accessible communications technology.

 


2014 Round Table Conference Registrations Open

Please find attached the 2014 Round Table Conference Program and registration package. If you require this information in an alternative format please do not hesitate to contact me.

The 2014 Conference will be held at the Royal on the Park, Brisbane, this unique Brisbane CBD location overlooks the City Botanic Gardens.

Dates:
Saturday 17th May to Tuesday 20th May 2014

Venues
Saturday 17th May
Braille House, Queensland Braille Writing Association
507 Ipswich Road, Annerley, Queensland 4103

Sunday 18th May to Tuesday 20th May
Royal on the Park Brisbane
Corner Alice Street and Albert Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000
Phone +61 7 3112 1671

Registration:
Registrations close 5 April 2014
A late registration fee will apply to registration received after this date.

Department of Social Services Disability Conference Funding
(formerly FaHCSIA)
The support of the Department of Social Services by way of provision of the above funding is acknowledged.

Self-funded consumers may apply for assistance towards travel, registration and / or accommodation costs. Please click here for further information.

Conference Theme
“Information Access – Putting the person at the centre”

Information Access is important to all people who have a print disability, and has many dimensions, including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), and facilities (libraries, websites, agencies, educational institutions, local councils). Person-centred approaches empower people with a print disability by positioning them at the centre of policy, decision-making and service planning and delivery. At the 2014 Annual Conference, we will explore the broad terrain of person-centeredness in policy, management, supports and services at global, national and local levels.

Keynote speakers

  •  Mary Kelly, Equity Director, QUT; “University access & equity for students with a disability”
  •  Peter Osborne, RNIB, UKAAF, Right to Read Alliance UK, WBC, European Blind Union, World Braille Council; “Like a kid in the sweet shop, I want everything”
  • Dr L. Penny Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Disability and Psych educational Studies, The University of Arizona; “Increasing the mathematics competence of youth with vision impairment through the AnimalWatch Vi Suite iPad App”
  • Graeme Innes, Human Rights Commission & John Berryman, Former CEO RIDBC; “From philanthropy to human rights: Information access”

Conference Information and updates will be posted to the Round Table website http://www.printdisability.org and Round Table mailing list.

To join the Round Table mailing list please follow this link http://printdisability.org/communications/

Enquiries to:
Tammy Axelsen
Administration Officer
Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
PO Box 229
LINDISFARNE TAS AUSTRALIA 7015
Ph: 0417 101 418/03 6265 1519
Email: admin@printdisability.org

Your assistance in circulating this information as widely as possible would be appreciated.


2014 Round Table Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations – nominations close Monday 10 February 2014

Apologies for Cross Postings

A Reminder  …

Nominations for the 2014 Round Table Lifetime Achievement Award close on Monday 10 February 2014.

Please Note: Late nominations will not be able to be considered.

Further information and the nomination form are available on the Round Table Web site:  http://printdisability.org/lifetime-achievement-award/

This information is also available in the attached docment..

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,