2014 Round Table Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

A reminder …

Nominations are invited for the 2014 Round Table Lifetime Achievement Award.

The closing date for nominations for the 2014 award has been extended until 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

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


UEB Rulebook second edition is now available

After much anticipation, the Australian Braille Authority are pleased to announce that the Rules of Unified English Braille Second Edition (2013) is now complete and available for download in print (PDF) and braille (six volumes of BRF formatted at 25 lines x 30 cells).
This second edition contains very few changes/errata but it does provide a large number of new rules and resources. Details and download links are available from the ABA website

Congratulations to all involved in the creation of this essential reference book, and in particular to the esteemed editor and ABA Chair, Christine Simpson. Thanks also to Kathy Riessen for assistance with the accessible PDF version.

You may now go forth and print/emboss your new Rulebook!

2014 Round Table Conference – call for papers extended

Dear friends and colleagues

The 2014 Round Table Conference Program Committee invites you to consider submitting an abstract for next year’s Round Table Conference, to be held in Brisbane from 17-20 May 2014. The due date for abstracts has been extended to Friday 15th November – Please click here to download the call for papers.

The Program Committee is pleased to advise that Mary Kelly and Pete Osborne have accepted our invitation to deliver keynote addresses. Mary Kelly is the Equity Director at Queensland University of Technology. She is a highly regarded researcher and advocate in the area of equity and access for university students with a disability. Pete Osborne holds a range of leadership roles with such organisations as the Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK; Right to Read Alliance UK, European Blind Union, International Council on English Braille, World Braille Council, and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment.

Many thanks to those who have already submitted abstracts for the conference. Topics submitted to date include reforms to anti-discrimination and copyright laws; iPad and iPhone accessibility for people with a print disability; access to the Australian National Curriculum for school-age students who are blind; and Australian research into vision loss simulations for therapy service delivery.

Please keep those abstracts coming! You are welcome to drop me a line if you are considering submitting an abstract or wish to discuss any aspect of the conference program.

Your assistance in circulating this information would be appreciated.

New Round Table Web Site

I am pleased to advise that the new Round Table web site is now available.

The domain name is http://www.printdisability.org

Round table also holds the domain names

with both of these domain names pointing back to http://www.printdisability.org

As this website is new and under development please contact me if you have any suggestions for improvements.

The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) now has a separate website at http://www.brailleaustralia.org

Equity Through Access: Opening Doors So All May Learn

Unique Opportunity to Lead a World Class School

Applications are invited for the principalship of BLENNZ, the Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand. Since its inception in 2005 BLENNZ has become a world class organisation that includes a state school and a nation-wide network of services, with a growing international reputation for fresh thinking in the education of blind and low vision learners aged from 0 – 21 years. The award winning Homai Campus in South Auckland offers state-of-the-art assessment and specialist learning facilities and together with 12 regional centres supports almost 1500 learners in their own schools throughout the country.

This Unique organisation Requires a Unique Principal:-
* Diplomatic, decisive and inclusive leader totally committed to unlocking the full potential of blind, deafblind and low vision people so they can play their full part in society. You will need to demonstrate a broad management background that includes financial competency, marketing skills and governance expertise. A passion for the use of ICT as a learning tool will be essential.
* Visionary teaching practitioner capable of further enhancing the reputation of BLENNZ, contributing to the board’s strategic direction and developing the existing very capable leadership team.
* Warm, persuasive and sensitive individual who will further develop the strong culture of cohesion and community across the organisation, with an infectious enthusiasm for student learning and deeply involved in the New Zealand Curriculum.


Contact Vanessa McComb at Blackcat Education, email vanessa@blkcat.co.nz or call +64 9 443 0060

Phone the Board Chair, Clive Lansink +64 9 520-4242 or email clive@lansink.co.nz.

Also please visit http://www.blennz.school.nz and http://www.blackcateducation.co.nz


Remuneration – the remuneration package reflects the importance of this senior role and will be in excess of USD $110,000 per annum (including allowances)

2014 Round Table Conference – Call for Papers

The  Call for Papers  for the 2014 Round Table Conference has now been released.

“Information Access – Putting the person at the centre”

Date and Venue
Saturday 17th May to Tuesday 20th May 2014
Brisbane, Queensland

Closing date for submission of Abstracts
Thursday 31st October 2013

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

Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille

The Trans-Tasman  Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille examination is the only form of accreditation currently available to braille specialists in Australia. The Australian Braille Authority strongly encourages all those who transcribe, teach and produce braille to sit for this examination.

The examination is held each year in the first two weeks of October. Every candidate has the full two-week period in which to sit the exam.

This promotional flier provides more information about the certificate.

More informtion and sample examination files are available from the ABA website’s Proficiency Certificate page.

Australian registrations for the 2013 examination close this Friday, 23 August at 5pm AEST.

Please fill out the registration form and email it to lindatriasmono@bigpond.com or post to :
Linda Triasmono
5 Bellevue Ave
Salisbury Qld 4107.