This year’s conference included a strand of braille-related papers. I’ve just uploaded the last of these:
Recent developments in the cognitive science of Braille reading by Ash Mathur, Vania Glyn & Dr. Barry Hughes from the University of Auckland. This presentation looked at recent research into neuroscience and braille reading.
Other papers related to braille were:
- Transition to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the ICEVI Pacific Region by Josie Howse, Frances Gentle, Karen Stobbs & Janet Reynolds.
- World Braille Usage Refreshed by Mary Schnackenberg and Dr Judith Dixon.
- Bringing Braille Music Back from the Brink by Wendy Richards and Lisette Wesseling.
- A New Instructional Programme for Later Learners of Braille by Raeleen Smith and Kathryn Johns.
Transition to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the ICEVI Pacific Region was jointly written by Josie Howse of the Department of Education New South Wales, Frances Gentle from RIDBC Renwick Centre & University of Newcastle, Karen Stobbs, Manager of Assessment and Teaching Services at BLENNZ and Janet Reynolds, Manager Braille and Electronic Text at RNZFB.
Karen and Janet presented the paper at this year’s conference, and gave an overview of the transition to Unified English Braille in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Today’s addition to the blog is a presentation from Wendy Richards, Braille Music Specialist at BLENNZ and Lisette Wesseling, Braille Awareness Consultant at Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.
Their presentation, entitled Bringing Braille Music Back from the Brink, discusses the braille music education revival in New Zealand through innovative teaching, production and promotion tools.
A few more presentations from this year’s conference are now on the blog site:
- Adding to the other two presentations about tertiary education for print-disabled students, you can now listen to Kevin Murrow of Massey University talking about his work into developing accessible ways of delivering course material through Moodle e-learning software. His presentation was titled Promoting document accessibility for the Virtual Learning Environment.
- Trend of DAISY playback device in the world by Mr. Hiromitsu Fujimori of PLEXTALK charts the development of DAISY digital talking book players over time.
- Keiran McNabb and Moata Tamaira from Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa talked about bringing the open-source screen reader software NVDA into public libraries across New Zealand. Their presentation was Once upon a library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa.
- Mary Schnackenberg, current president of the International Council on English Braille, presented World Braille Usage Refreshed, a look at current research into how braille is used around the world to represent different languages.
- A New Instructional Programme for Later Learners of Braille by Raeleen Smith and Kathryn Johns looked at the new STAR braille education programme developed by the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.