The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities facilitates and influences the production and use of quality alternative formats for people with print disabilities by optimising the evolving Round Table body of knowledge.
2013 Conference program, registration & announcements
All communication, documents & updates for the 2013 National Conference in May are published by the conference organisers on the Conference 2013 Round Table Blog and circulated on the Round Table Mailing List
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What is a print disability?
According to the Copyright Act 1968 (Interpretation part 2. section 10, page 13) a "person with a print disability means:
- a person without sight; or
- a person whose sight is severely impaired; or
- a person unable to hold or manipulate books or to focus or move his or her eyes; or
- a person with a perceptual disability"
In practice this includes examples such as:
- people with severe arthritis who may have difficulty holding a book or turning pages
- people suffering from MS who may have functional eyesight but be unable to read due to severe shaking of their head or hands
- people with other types of physical disability or injuries that inhibit the easy use of reading materials such as books, magazines or newspapers
- people with a perceptual disability, such as dyslexia
ICEB 5th General Assembly May 2012
The Report of the Australian Delegation to the 5th General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille has been added to the ABA home page under ICEB
Recently updated Guidelines in alternative formats can now be downloaded free of charge.
Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register (AVCIR)
The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register is supported by the Round Table and gathers data on Australian children with vision impairment. Data is in a format that children and families can't be identified, and is made available to approved service providers and researchers working in the area of eye and vision disorders.
Rules of Unified English Braille
The UEB Rulebook June 2010 Edition has been a significant project for the Round Table and ABA for the past couple of years and is now available for download. The next edition of the Rulebook will be released by December 2010.
The Braille Primer in Word, PDF and Braille formats is now publically available and can be downloaded from the Australian Braille Authority publications section.