2016 Round Table Conference

Theme – “Access and engagement with the marketplace of information, technologies and learning”

Information access is important to all persons with print disabilities, and has many dimensions including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), facilities (libraries, agencies, educational institutions, government bodies) and modes of access (tablet, laptop, refreshable braille). The 2016 Conference will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for communication, learning and information access and creation.

Dates and Venue

Saturday, 14 May 2016 – Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Bayview on the Park, 52 Queens Road, Melbourne, Victoria

Keynote speakers

  • Maryanne Diamond, General Manager, Media, Comms and Engagement, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – “Implications of the NDIS for people with print disabilities and Round Table member organisations; and “state of play” of the Marrakesh Treaty”
  • Mark Tainsh, Director, Disability and Inclusion, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria – “The Department of Education and Training – An inclusive schooling system: Our journey and destination”

Sponsors and support

Round Table proudly acknowledges the following Sponsors of the 2016 Round Table Conference.

Round Table would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses for their donations, including gifts for conference presenters and volunteers.

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

The support of training for hotel staff and volunteers is also gratefully acknowledged.

Exhibitors Display

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

  • HumanWare – global leaders in the provision of intuitive, intelligent solutions for people with a print disability
  • IDEAS – real people, real listening, information on disability and education awareness services
  • Pacific Vision – leading provider of hardware and software products for people who are blind or who have low vision
  • Pentronics – distribution and repairs of braille and adaptive technology products in Australia
  • Reach and Match – empowers children with vision impairment & multi-disabilities  through its innovative design and inclusive learning program


2016 Round Table Conference Program Booklet N12
2016 Round Table Conference Book of Abstracts N12
2016 Round Table Conference Speaker Presentations (zip 6815 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 us.

Post Conference Interviews

“Vision Extra” – RPH Adelaide

Peter Grecco discusses the 2016 Round Table conference with:

  • Neil Jarvis, President of the Round Table and Executive Director, Strategic Relations – Accessibility with the Blind Foundation New Zealand.
  • Nigel Herring, Pentronics and recipient of the 2016 Tammy Axelsen LIfetime Achievement Award.

You can listen to Neil’s interview here and Nigel’s interview here.

Last updated: September 26, 2017 at 15:31 pm