2010 Conference: Think Globally, Act Locally

For the first time in 2010, Round Table’s Annual Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand. Conference was held between 23 and 25 May 2010 (with pre-conference tours on 22 May).

The conference was held at the Heritage Auckland, a restored historic building in Auckland’s Central Business District.

News and blog posts related to the 2010 conference are archived in the 2010 Conference category on this blog.

Photos from the 2010 conference are on Flickr.


Conference theme

The theme for Round Table’s Annual Conference in 2010 was Think Globally, Act Locally. The conference considered:

The theme was explored through a mixed programme of speakers, panel discussions and workshops.


The links below point to the full papers, audio recordings and presentation slides from each presentation at the 2010 Conference.

Exhibitors at Round Table 2010

The 2010 conference included exhibition space for organisations to share products and developments related to information access for people with print disabilities.


Accomplish CashManager is a mainstream accounting package – in the Australasian marketplace for nearly 20 years, and used by over 25,000 small businesses. Due to demand we have modified CashManager to be virtually 100% accessible! Tested with various screen readers and magnification products with great success. Recently audited by both Vision Australia and RNZFB.

Adaptive Technology Solutions

Adaptive Technology Solutions provide assessments, training and products for people with a range of disabilities, including sensory, physical and learning disabilities to make it easier for them to do things like reading printed material and using their computer in order to help them achieve their goals in work, study or leisure.


Shinano Kenshi Co. Ltd., and its subsidiary company Plextor, are responsible for the development and manufacturing of digital talking book players (DTBPs) and other assistive technology products sold under the brand name of PLEXTALK. Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd. is the world’s largest manufacturer of DTBPs and a leader in digital recorders since the initiation of the digital talking book players and the creation of the global standard DAISY in 1990′s. PLEXTALK assistive technology products are created to improve the quality of life, self-reliance and independence of their users.

You will see how the company has contributed to the evolution and promotion of DAISY at: http://www.daisy.org/stories/shinano-kenshi

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand’s main provider of vision-related habilitation and rehabilitation services to blind and partially sighted people. The Foundation’s vision is empowering and supporting blind and partially sighted New Zealanders to ensure that they have the same opportunities and choices as everyone else.

Vision Australia

Vision Australia is a living partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision. We are united by our passion that in the future people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose.

Exhibitor presentations

Exhibitors presented to conference delegates about their organisation and exhibition space in the “Trade Exhibitors’ Presentations” session on Sunday afternoon. The slides from this session are now online.

Conference Sponsors

Our sincere thanks to the sponsors of the 2010 conference:

Human Rights Commission – Te Kahui Tika Tangata – for providing bags for delegates.

Kokako – for providing food for the Saturday welcome reception.

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind – Te Tuāpāpā o te Hunga Kāpō o Aotearoa – for producing accessible format conference materials and donating staff time.

Vision Australia – for providing USB memory sticks for each delegate, to allow us to supply conference information in accessible electronic text.


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