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.

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2016 Round Table Conference

The 2016 Round Table Conference  was held on Saturday, 14 May 2016 to Tuesday, 17 May 2016 at Bayview on the Park, Melbourne, Victoria.

Keynote Speakers: Maryanne Diamond and Mark Tainsh
Feature Speakers: Senator Rachel Siewert, Assoc Prof Chi Luu, Sharon Kerr and Neil Jarvis

Tammy Axelsen Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Nigel Herring from Pentronics, the 2016 Tammy Axelsen Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

Photos to follow.

Post Conference Interviews

“Vision Extra” – RPH Adelaide

Peter Grecco discusses the 2016 Round Table conference with:


The noticeboard contains:

  • Round Table newsletters
  • ICEVI publications
  • information and news, often supplied from other organisations.

While Round Table strives to make the information on the noticeboard as relevant, timely and accurate as possible the inclusion of information on this page does not constitute endorsement by Round Table.

 New links from the Resources Page

  • Me Myself Eye is an important new educational resource, designed by VisAbility to give people an insight into what life is like for children living with vision impairment and blindness.
    This is an interactive website that puts empathy at its heart. It encourages us to step into the shoes of these children and their families. It allows us start to understand on a deeper, more emotional level, what it actually means to live with childhood vision impairment.
    It involves a wide range of games, books, videos and activities for students, teachers and parents. It uses storytelling to connect people with the experiences of these children, and it does so to promote their inclusion, independence and participation in everyday life.
  • Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide – Dr Scott Hollier is pleased to announce this guide is live and downloadable on the Media Access website.


  • What is the Cost of a Free Product?
    This article, written by Tim Connell and published in the November issue of Braille Monitor, looks at funding models for developing and purchasing screen readers around the world.
    Tim Connell is the founder and managing director of Quantum Technology and has been an active contributor to the field of assistive technology for thirty years.
  • RealSAM is a hand-held device, about the size of a small mobile phone which is described as an accessible media resource for people who are not confident with technology. It relies entirely on voice-input, rather than touch-screen or keypad commands.
  • Tom’s Top Ten Tips for Accessible Documents
    A tip sheet produced for the very popular session “Word and PDF accessible documents: What you need to know”  held at the 2014 Round Table Conference, presented by Tom Smith, Accessible Information Consultant, Blind Foundation New Zealand.

Refer to our Resources page and Useful Links for more references relevant to print disability.

Free guidelines

Round Table Guidelines on alternative format standards can be downloaded free of charge. The most recent publications are:

What is a print disability?

People with a print disability are those who cannot obtain access to information in a print format because they:

  1. are blind or vision impaired
  2. have physical disabilities which limit their ability to hold or manipulate information in a printed form
  3. have perceptual or other disabilities which limit their ability to follow a line of print or which affect their concentration

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Last updated: June 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm