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Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Great news from Australian Parliament – the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 has passed in both houses, allowing adoption. This is fantastic news for our sector. In brief, the Bill introduces two new exceptions 113E (for persons with disabilities and everyone assisting them) and 113F (for organisations assisting person with a disability). Both extensions extend to importation and exportation of accessible materials, addressing our compliance with the Marrakesh Treaty. All copyright material (print, music, video, art, etc) can be converted to an accessible format for people with a disability (including learning disabilities such as dyslexia) provided that the format is not already available in that format at an ordinary commercial price and in reasonable time. A copyright statement does not need to be included (no more 135ZP). Reporting is not required, however CAL is willing to continue maintaining a master copy catalogue to assist with sharing of accessible materials. The technicalities are available at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5832 and a simpler explanation is given by CAL at https://www.copyright.com.au/2017/03/simplification-copyright-act-win-local-creators-users-australian-content/.

You may also like to refer to the 2017 Round Table presenter papers on copyright available for download from http://printdisability.org/conference/2017-round-table-conference/. The Bill is expected to come into practice later this year.

2018 Round Table Conference

The 2018 conference will be held in Sydney from Saturday, 5 May to Tuesday, 8 May.

We look forward to seeing you all in Sydney. Further details to follow on venue and theme.


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  • 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

        • CVI Scotland is a new website (still under construction) on Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). The site aims to share and develop an understanding of CVI. It includes first-hand accounts from both people who have CVI, and the parents of children with CVI. The information has been written by parents, but with support and advice from multiple professionals including ophthalmologists (eye surgeons), scientists and highly experienced specialist teachers of the visually impaired. CVI expert Professor Gordon Dutton is advisor on the team. Website: http://cviscotland.org. There is also a new section on the Paths to Literacy website focusing on Literacy and Children with CVI.  Written by Diane Sheline, it includes an overview and implications for each phase, guidelines for modifying books for children in each phase, tips on adapting books, and 8 sample books.  The section can be found here: http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/topic/cvi/overview
      • Accessible coding training is now child’s play with coding ability rapidly becoming as fundamental a skill as literacy and numeracy, young people with a visual impairment have been facing hurdles that a new solution from Apple aims to fix.
        This upcoming iPad release is called Swift Playgrounds (link is external) and teaches basic coding, with built-in accessibility in mind. Free from the iTunes Store, Swift Playgrounds will use game-like experiences to teach children, and people new to coding of all ages, how to carry out basic programming in the language that underpins all iOS apps.
        The task-based, interactive app introduces users to coding by getting them to create the instructions that move a character through a variety of fun, puzzle-like challenges. Users with a visual impairment can use ‘VoiceOver’ to play the game and learn to code, as this functionality is included within Swift Playgrounds, meaning that users can start playing with it straight after download.
        The app will be released in spring and comes after Apple was honoured by the American Council of the Blind for its advances in accessibility and opened a dedicated accessibility section in the online Apple store.
    • New free technology resource for teachers of the deaf – Australian not-for-profit, Conexu Foundation, has developed a free resource guide for teachers aimed at students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, entitled ‘11 easy to use technologies to enhance learning in your classroom’.As there are so many different options now available, technology can sometimes feel overwhelming, particularly for teachers of large class sizes. This is why this new resource for teachers was created, in order to offer them a practical guide for how technology can be used to help improve learning outcomes and accessibility for Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired students in primary and secondary schools.
  • Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide – Dr Scott Hollier is pleased to announce this guide is live and downloadable on the Media Access website.
  • Tom’s Top Ten Tips for Accessible DocumentsA 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 19, 2017 at 9:26 am