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Of Interest

UEB

The Unified English Braille (UEB) Code Maintenance Committee is considering making a change to UEB to resolve confusions between print apostrophes and single quotation marks. The attached document outlines the problem and gives four potential solutions with examples. Once you have read the document, you are invited to complete the online survey at  www.surveymonkey.com/r/UEB-apostrophe before 30 June. The explanatory document and survey link can also be found at www.iceb.org

Your opinions are vital to ensure that the needs of students learning braille are considered. Parents and students are also welcome to participate. Your assistance in sharing news of the survey will be appreciated. 

White Paper – “e-Accessibility in a Connected World”

We are delighted to announce the publication of our 2017 White Paper published in partnership with G3ict entitled e-Accessibility in a Connected World.

This White Paper is available online : http://www.braillenet.org/documents/white_paper_braillenet_2017.pdf

This White Paper picks up and builds on the topics addressed at the 10th European e-Accessibility Forum, held on 30 May 2016 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. Over 180 professionals, association members and scholars from around the world gathered on this occasion to discuss the potential of the Internet of Things to bridge the digital divide. Nine of the conference speakers and one further expert, all actively involved in e-Accessibility or the Internet of Things, accepted our invitation to update their opinions and points-of-view expressed on this occasion in order to shape a review on this topic.

We hope you enjoy this publication and look forward to seeing many of you on the 19th June at the Cité des Sciences for what promises to be a very engaging 11th European e-Accessibility Forum on the topic of e-Accessible Culture. For more details and to register your place, visit http://eaf2017.braillenet.org/en

CVI Scotland

This 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

A Revolution in Accessing Digital Tactile Graphics

Graphiti is a dynamic multilevel tactile touch display developed by Orbit Research for the American Printing House for the Blind. This revolutionary display was developed in conjunction with the Transforming Braille project.

Graphiti will allow students and adults to access a wide variety of on-screen graphics by touch. This includes pie charts, bar graphs, geometric forms, maps, floor-plans, flow-charts, line drawings, and dynamic graphical content.

Graphiti’s breakthrough technology allows graphics to be depicted by means of an array of variable-height pins. To change to the next graphic, the pins on the refreshable display move up and down to create a tactile representation of the graphic. Graphiti can display topographical maps and other features such as grey levels and colors.

For more information, visit http://www.aph.org/graphiti/

The Tactile Pictures Book Project

Now offers everyone the opportunity to request a free, customizable tactile picture book. They develop customizable, and inclusively designed tactile picture books for children, with direct input and collaboration from their families. You can request a book through an online form on the website: https://tactilepicturebooks.org

Positions Vacant

Braille Awareness Coordinator

Permanent (Full Time), Awhina House, Auckland, New Zealand

With over 300 employees and around 2,000 volunteers the Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s leading provider of services and support to people who are blind or have low vision. Celebrating 127 years, we are one of New Zealand’s most trusted and iconic Not for Profit organisations. We need a Braille Awareness Coordinator to join us. You will help the organisation achieve our vision of empowering and supporting New Zealanders who are blind or who have low vision.

We currently have a vacancy for a Braille Awareness Coordinator, position location negotiable. This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), permanent position. The position will play a critical part in assisting the Foundation to raise awareness of issues affecting blind, deafblind and vision-impaired people through the delivery of awareness training, employer education and initiating and assisting with work experience programmes. You will be responsible for coordinating and promoting Braille services nationwide, ensuring consistency and quality of service delivery, heightening the awareness of Braille and its application throughout the whole of life.

What we are looking for:

  • A passion for Braille
  • Have attained or be willing to attain the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille and be a regular braille user
  • A knowledge of blindness (vision impairment) and understanding of issues that impact upon people experiencing disability, in particular vision loss
  • Experience in developing and delivering training programmes
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills and the ability to relate at all levels
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (report writing, proposals, programme reporting)
  • Good computer skills including Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Strong planning and organisational skills

Become an ambassador for the Blind Foundation! Our staff take an active interest and participate in fundraising and volunteer opportunities.

If you believe you have what we are looking for, we would love to hear from you! Please submit a formal application through our Careers Portal, where you can also view the position description. Applicants should be able to provide a braille copy of their CV upon request. If you have any questions please contact our Recruitment Team on +64 9 355 7135.

Applications close Wednesday 28 June 2017

The Blind Foundation welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages suitably qualified people who are blind or who have low vision to apply for roles within the organisation.

Conferences and Events

Better Together : International conference on accessible information for people with low vision

Working together towards accessible information for people with low vision. Wednesday 28 June 2017 | The Hague | The Netherlands.

Better Together : If specialists and experts tap into their combined potential, they can produce something that’s greater than the sum of the parts. This is Dedicon’s inspiration and goal for the Better Together Conference. And this combined approach is great news for people with low vision. Read more Advances in technology and media are making a significant contribution to realising this mission. But which solutions offer the best potential? To create focus, coordinated innovation is crucial. This is why the Better Together Conference will have three tracks, in which together we’ll explore developments now, tomorrow and in the future. Read more

For more information you can send an email to bettertogether@dedicon.nl or visit the website bettertogether.dedicon.nl (in English).

ICEVI publications

Round Table is a member of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). ICEVI is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with vision impairment. ICEVI Publications, including their newsletter, conference proceedings and “The Educator” magazine are available to Round Table members and can be downloaded from their website.