Thirty Years Of Progress In Australian Disability Policy: now with captions

Captioned video of Dr Mike Steer

At the 2010 Round Table conference in Auckland, New Zealand, Dr Mike Steer spoke about the history of Australian disability policy. Because he couldn’t attend the conference in person, his presentation was made by pre-recorded video.

Thanks to the support and assistance of our member organisation Media Access Australia, this video is now available to view with captions.

Dr Steer’s PowerPoint slides from this presentation, together with an accessible transcript, are also available on the Round Table blog.


Updated conference documents

Minor changes have been made to the conference programme and registration form. Please refer to the most recent versions:

New guidelines for download

Round Table guidelines

One of the key activities of the Round Table is development of guidelines for the production of accessible formats, including audio, braille, large print, e-text and tactile graphics. Since our last conference, we’ve made three new guidelines available online:

All newly published guidelines are available for free download in a range of electronic formats. Hard-copy print, braille and large print versions of the documents are also available for purchase, with discounts available for Round Table member organisations, using the Order Form for Round Table Guidelines (Word, 40 kB).

At an Executive meeting earlier this year, we established a new Guidelines and Standards Working Group to oversee the development and promotion of Round Table guidelines and standards.

The current projects of the Guidelines and Standards Working Group (as of August 2011) are:

  • reviewing the Round Table’s audio production guidelines, Sound Advice.
  • reviewing the Guidelines on Conveying Visual Information to assess whether an update is needed.
  • considering whether a guideline on accessible forms is needed.
  • developing a process for Round Table to review and endorse externally-produced guidelines and standards.

Please get in touch if you’re interested in being involved with any of these projects.

Round Table’s Annual Report

UEB Rulebook launch

Round Table’s annual report for the 2010-2011 year was released at this year’s AGM, and is now available to read online or download. The report outlines Round Table’s work over the last year in guidelines and standards development, annual conference planning and communication with members and the public. It also includes a report on the Australian Braille Authority’s work, and an audited financial report.

(Photo: Mary Schnackenberg, Bruce Maguire, Maryanne Diamond and Christine Simpson at the Launch of the UEB Rule Book in Sydney, June 2010. Photo taken by Brian Conway.)

Conference specials

Round Table guidelines

This morning at conference, the Executive announced a couple of special deals.

The first deal is conference-only pricing on professionally-printed copies of our guidelines on producing accessible information. The prices below apply if you buy copies of the guidelines in-person at the conference. All include Australian GST.

  • Guidelines on accessible e-text: $20 for members (usually $30), $30 for non-members (usually $40)
  • Duxbury Braille Translator Reference Manual: $40 for members (usually $50), $50 for non-members (usually $60)
  • Guidelines on accessible assessment: $20 for members (usually $30), $30 for non-members (usually $40)
  • Guidelines on producing clear print: $40 for members (usually $50), $50 for non-members (usually $60)
  • For members only, a pack of all four guidelines is available for $100 (usually $160).

The second special deal relates to the membership fee for new Round Table members. If your organisation joins before 31 July 2011, you’ll get a 50% discount on 2011 membership, and a complimentary set of the four Round Table guidelines documents listed above. Visit the Round Table website for details of membership, or email Tammy Axelsen, Round Table’s administration officer, with any questions.

Round Table photographs

Delegates at the pōwhiri

In preparation for this year’s 30th Anniversary Conference, we have started collecting an online archive of photos from previous Round Table events, to share with Round Table members, conference delegates and the wider print disability community. This archive is being held online on

We would like to continue adding to this collection over time, as part of our record of Round Table’s history. If you have any additional photos from previous Round Table events that you would like to add to our online archive, please leave a comment on this post or email

Last of the 2010 Conference Proceedings

I’ve just uploaded the last of the 2020 conference audio: the DAISY Update by Neil Jarvis, from the RNZFB and the DAISY Consortium.

This will probably be the last post on this 2010 Conference blog. Round Table has started a Round Table blog for sharing news about future conferences and other Round Table activities, and we’ll look at merging the two in the near future.

We’ve also opened registrations for the 2011 Conference, themed Bridging the Information Access Gap: Past Successes & Future Challenges. The 2011 conference will be held in Melbourne, between Saturday 21st and Tuesday 24th May 2011. For more information, visit the Round Table blog.