2010 Conference

Think Globally, Act Locally!

  • Date: Sunday 23rd to Tuesday 25 May 2010
  • Venue: Heritage Auckland, 35 Hobson Street, Central Auckland, New Zealand

Conference delegates standing for powhiri. Brian Conway playing guitar.


This was the first time that Round Table held its conference in New Zealand.

The 2010 conference looked at how local examples of innovation in information access fit into the global picture, where still less than 5% of information published in print is formats that are accessible to print-disabled readers. Speakers updated delegates on international projects and groups including the Global Library project, Unified English Braille, DAISY and international copyright negotiations at WIPO. Alongside this, other speakers shared local successes which contribute to the global effort to improve information access for people with print disabilities.

The programme included a wide range of topics: human rights and disability policy, copyright and international collaboration to increase access to information, audio description, tertiary education, public and specialist library services, braille developments and research, the DAISY standard and other related issues.

The conference theme was explored through a mix of speakers, panel discussions and workshops. Two pre-conference tours of Auckland Central City Library and the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind’s library and accessible information services were included as part of the programme. The conference also includes exhibition space for organisations to share products and developments related to information access for people with print disabilities.

Alternative formats

Should you have any queries or require the conference documentation in an alternate format please do not hesitate to contact the Round Table Administrative Officer.



Mike Steer’s video presentation has been uploaded to Vimeo and is titled “Thirty Years Of Progress In Australian Disability Policy: A Parthian Shot by Dr Mike Steer”. This paper was presented ‘virtually’ at the 2010 conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. Dr Mike Steer couldn’t attend conference in person, but presented this paper by pre-recorded video.


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