2010 Conference: Conference Programme

The programme is also available in Microsoft Word (93 kB).

The room locations are shown on our large print floor plan (PDF, 191 kB)

Pre-conference tours: Saturday 22nd May (optional)

Time Event Location
1.00-2.30pm Auckland City Libraries: accessible tour of the Central City Library, presenting and considering current and future services for print-disabled borrowers Central City Library, Lorne Street, Auckland
4.00-6.00pm Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind: tour of accessible information services including the library and accessible format production facilities. RNZFB Awhina House, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell
6.00-7.00pm Welcome reception and drinks RNZFB Awhina House, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell

Day 1: Sunday 23rd May

Read outlines of the presentations on Day 1.

8.15am: Registration

Time Conference Opening, Robert Laidlaw 1
9.00-9.40am Pōwhiri (Welcome)

9.45-10.00am: Morning Tea

Time Session 1: Keynote Address, Robert Laidlaw 1
10.05-10.15am Conference Brief and Roll Call
10.20-11.20am Keynote Address: Accessible Information and Human Rights: From Principle to PracticeRobyn Hunt

Robyn Hunt is a founder and director of AccEase, a communications company specialising in accessible information and communications.

She is acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s leading experts in the field of disability, and has been honoured for her work in the disability community. Robyn co-chaired the group that developed the New Zealand Disability Strategy, and contributed to the negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the UN in her role as human rights commissioner with responsibility for disability.

As an award-winning journalist and communicator she was a founder of New Zealand’s first disability television series, and has worked in a variety of media.

Robyn is a long time member of the New Zealand government web standards working group, representing disabled people. She writes a popular blog about information accessibility and other disability related subjects.

11.30am-12.30pm: Session 2: Concurrent sessions

Time Session 2A, Robert Laidlaw 1 Session 2B, Robert Laidlaw 2
11.30am-12.30pm Copyright, WIPO, Trusted Intermediaries panel discussionZoë Rodriguez, Copyright Agency Limited, Australia

Neil Jarvis, RNZFB

Julie Rae, Vision Australia

“i-access®-How Vision Australia is improving access to information”Tony Plumb and Andrew Furlong, Vision Australia

12.40-1.55pm: Lunch

2.00-3.05pm: Session 3: Concurrent sessions

Time Session 3A, Robert Laidlaw 1 Session 3B, Robert Laidlaw 2
2.00-2.30pm Say goodbye to Hollywood-separating local from global issues in cinema accessAlex Varley, CEO of Media Access Australia Alternative Format Production at a New Zealand UniversityJohn Lambert, AUT
2.35-3.05pm Audio Description Services; Collaboration across the TasmanJohn Simpson, Vision Australia Beginning is easy, continuing is hard: Establishing an alternative format service in a multi-campus, nationally dispersed university.Elizabeth Hayward, Australian Catholic University

3.10-3.40pm: Afternoon Tea

Time Session 4, Robert Laidlaw 1
3.45-4.15pm Promoting document accessibility for the Virtual Learning EnvironmentKevin Murrow, Massey University
Time Session 5, Robert Laidlaw 1
4.20-5.25pm Trade Exhibitors’ Presentations: highlights of the latest products and developments.

5.30pm: Close of Day’s Proceedings

6.30pm: Pre-dinner drinks
Pastis, 128 – 132 Victoria Street West, Auckland City. (own expense)

7.00pm: Conference Dinner
Pastis, 128 – 132 Victoria Street West, Auckland City.
including Lifetime Achievement Award and official launch of Round Table Guidelines for Accessible E-text.

Day 2: Monday 24th May

Read outlines of the presentations on Day 2.

8.30am: Registration

Time Session 6, Robert Laidlaw 1
9.00-9.15am Welcome, Conference Brief and Roll Call
9.20-9.40am DAISY updateNeil Jarvis, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
9.45-10.45am DAISY-examples of local implementations of a global standard(Chair) Andrew Furlong, Technical & Production Development Manager, Vision Australia

David Vosnacos – Association for the Blind of Western Australia (Inc.)
Phil Lawson – CBM Australia
Neil Jarvis – Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Hiromitsu Fujimori – Plextor

10.50-11.20am: Morning Tea

11.25am-12.30pm: Session 7: Concurrent sessions

Time Session 7A, Robert Laidlaw 1 Session 7B, Robert Laidlaw 2
11.25-11.55am Global Accessible Library project: an updateJulie Rae, Vision Australia World Braille Usage Refreshed Mary Schnackenberg, International Council on English Braille (ICEB)
12.00-12.30pm Trend of DAISY playback device in the world Mr. Hiromitsu Fujimori, PLEXTALK (Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd.) Transition to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the ICEVI Pacific RegionJosie Howse, Department of Education New South Wales (DET NSW), Frances Gentle, RIDBC Renwick Centre & University of Newcastle, Karen Stobbs, BLENNZ & Janet Reynolds, RNZFB

12.35-1.50pm: Lunch

1.55-3.35pm: Session 8: Concurrent sessions

Time Session 8A, Robert Laidlaw 1 Session 8B, Robert Laidlaw 2
1.55-2.25pm PLEASED: Victorian Public Libraries Enhancing AccessKatrina Knox, Public Library Victoria Network (PLVN) Bringing Braille Music Back from the BrinkWendy Richards, BLENNZ & Lisette Wesseling, RNZFB
2.30-3.00pm Libraries Building Communities: Accessibility needs partnershipsTony Iezzi, Vision Australia Recent developments in the cognitive science of Braille reading Ash Mathur & Vania Glyn (Presenters) and Dr. Barry Hughes, University of Auckland
3.05-3.35pm Once upon a library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa Keiran McNabb and/or Moata Tamaira, Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa, National Library of New Zealand A New Instructional Programme for Later Learners of BrailleRaeleen Smith and Kathryn Johns, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

3.40-4.15pm: Afternoon Tea

Time Session 9, Robert Laidlaw 1
4.20-4.50pm Are Print Disability Consumers connected and heard locally & globally?Di Francis and Tony Starkey, Royal Society for the Blind of SA (RSB)

5.00pm: Close of day’s proceedings

Day 3: Tuesday 25th May

Read outlines of the presentations on Day 3.

8.30am: Registration

9.00-10.30am: Session 10: Concurrent sessions

Time Session 10A, Robert Laidlaw 1 Session 10B, Robert Laidlaw 2
9.00-9.15am Welcome, Conference Brief and Roll Call
9.25-9.55am Beyond Books: Beyond Barriers-Creating A “Self Serve” LibraryDavid Vosnacos, Association for the Blind of Western Australia (Inc.) Round Table Clear Print Guidelines WorkshopElisabeth Wegener, St Edmund’s School & Round Table Executive
10.00-10.30am i-access ® newspapers before everyone else does-Accessible Information on the day it is publishedTony Iezzi, Vision Australia Round Table E-text Guidelines WorkshopMoira Clunie, RNZFB & Round Table Executive

10.35-11.05am: Morning Tea

Time Session 11, Robert Laidlaw 1
11.10-11.30am Update on Round Table guidelines
Elisabeth Wegener & Moira Clunie, Round Table Executive
11.35-12.20pm Thirty Years Of Progress In Australian Disability Policy: A Parthian Shot.Dr Mike Steer, RIDBC Renwick Centre
12.25-12.45pm Plenary Session and Poroporoaki

Close of conference

12.50-1.50pm: Lunch

2.00-4.00pm Annual General Meeting of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities (Robert Laidlaw 2)

4.00pm: AGM close, close of day’s proceedings.


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