2014 Conference

Theme: “Information Access – Putting the person at the centre”

Information Access is important to all people who have a print disability, and has many dimensions, including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), and facilities (libraries, websites, agencies, educational institutions, local councils). Person-centred approaches empower people with a print disability by positioning them at the centre of policy, decision-making and service planning and delivery. At the 2014 Annual Conference, we explored the broad terrain of person-centeredness in policy, management, supports and services at global, national and local levels.

Dates and Venues

Saturday 17th May
Braille House, Queensland Braille Writing Association

Sunday 18th May to Tuesday 20th May
Royal on the Park Brisbane

Keynote speakers

  • Mary Kelly, Equity Director, QUT; “University access & equity for students with a disability”
  • Dr L. Penny Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Disability and Psych educational Studies, The University of Arizona; “Increasing the mathematics competence of youth with vision impairment through the AnimalWatch Vi Suite iPad App”
  • Graeme Innes, Human Rights Commission & John Berryman, Former CEO RIDBC; “From philanthropy to human rights: Information access”

Conference sponsors

Round Table proudly acknowledges the following Sponsors of the 2014 Round Table Conference.

The support of the following organisations, for production of accessible format conference materials and the provision of gifts for speakers, is also gratefully acknowledged.

Exhibitors Display

The following exhibitors were present and provided donations for the exhibitors quiz:

  • Quantum | Reading, Learning, Vision – suppliers of assistive technology solutions to the education, corporate and government sectors
  • Humanware – global leaders in the provision of intuitive, intelligent solutions for people with a print disability
  • Vision Australia – information and reading material in accessible formats for people across Australia


Conference Program Booklet (387 kb) – updated 6 May 2014

2014 RT Conference Book of abstracts @ 6 May 2014 (128 kb)

2014 Round Table Conference Speaker Presentations (zip 6815 kb)

2014 Round Table Conference Speakers Overheads (zip 174 kb)

Tom’s Top Ten Tips for Accessible Documents

ABA Workshop handout – Raise your braille (75kb)

2014 Round Table Conference Sponsors and Trade Exhibitors Information (zip 795 kb)

Australian Braille Authority meeting documents

 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.

Post Conference Interview

“Talking Vision” –  Edition 218 for the week of 2 June 2014

Stephen Jolley discusses the 2014 Round Table conference with:

  • Neil Jarvis, President of the Round Table and Manager Strategic Direction and Accessibility with the New Zealand Blind Foundation;
  • Michelle Night, Access Technology consultant with the Sydney based, Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children;
  • Wendy Sara, from the Queensland Braille Writing Association.

You can listen here to this program or go to the Talking Vision web page for broadcast details, an outline of past programs and links to associated audio.