What is Round Table?

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.

Round Table  has a broad membership of education, government, business, alternate format producers, community and disability organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand with the following mission:

“To facilitate and influence the production and use of quality alternative formats for people with print disabilities by optimising the evolving Round Table body of knowledge.”

Find out about the advantages of Round Table membership.

Round Table Objectives

The Round Table has set as its objectives:

  • Fostering a spirit of cooperation and resource sharing among members
  • Setting standards and improving the range and accessibility of materials produced
  • Providing for consultation and/or action on matters of common concern
  • Representing the collective views of members to appropriate bodies
  • Fostering consumer consultation

Round Table’s strength is the diversity of knowledge and experience in the production and use of alternate format materials embodied by its members. This in-depth experience is drawn on by the Round Table to prepare its standards and guidelines on the production of alternate formats, as well as to represent perspectives on the accessibility of material.

Round Table Constitution and Strategic Plan

2018 Round Table Conference

Save the Date:
Saturday, 5 May to Tuesday, 8 May 2018.

Advances in Information Access – Opportunities, Applications and Technologies

Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills 2010 ,Sydney, NSW

We look forward to seeing you all in Sydney.


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

Open Call for Application: 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21), 27 January – 10 February 2018, Australia & New Zealand

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has recently published an Open Call for Application to the 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) on “Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies“. The project will take place between 27 January and 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand).

We would highly appreciate your assistance in disseminating this opportunity to all your youth members (18-30 years old). The opportunity is open to nationals of any of the 51 ASEM Partner countries and the organisers (ASEF, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Canterbury) will provide all participants with full travel subsidies, accommodation and catering throughout the event.

Deadline to apply is 10 December 2017 and you can find more information about the project on the project’s website: http://bit.ly/asefsu21.

We would also be happy to explore collaborations with any organisation or institution interested in contributing in any way to the project. Please do approach us at oscar.boije@asef.org for any enquiries.

 ‘Inclusion’ videos created by High School students for ‘Smart Art Includes You’ Challenge

In school term 2 of 2017, Ability Links NSW invited public schools from across the Hunter and Central Coast regions to take part in the inaugural ‘Smart Art Includes You’ Challenge. More than one in five schools answered that call, supporting almost 1000 students to participate and go in the draw to win their school up to $9000 to build their capacity to be inclusive of people with disabilities. They asked for artwork that was interesting and original and which would inspire audiences to think about the value of inclusion. Under the expert guidance of Debra Goodsir, Specialist Teacher (Vision), students from Kotara High School created and submitted two great videos. The direct links are below.

Video ‘Inclusion Food’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIFGgA7fn7o&feature=youtu.be
Video ‘Inclusion Dance’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6P6jz4eJD0&feature=youtu.be

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

Website feedback

Round Table is now using new software to create on-line forms and would welcome feedback from users.  If you have difficulties completing any Round Table form please contact us.

Please contact us if you have any suggestions for improvements to this website.

Contact details

Postal address: 13 Myee Crescent, Baulkham Hills. NSW 2153 Email: admin@printdisability.org

Last updated: November 30, 2017 at 10:20 am