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Of Interest

Aipoly

Aipoly is a new app for people who are blind or have low vision that reads out what is in front of it. Aipoly won the Best Innovation Award at the global Consumer Electronics and Consumer technology tradeshow (CES) 2017. The app can identify over 1000 different objects, it can read them out in seven different languages and it also identifies colours. A free download of the app is currently available from the AppStore.

Melbourne School of Engineering alumna Marita Cheng, now working in Silicon Valley, co-created this new app that allows people who are blind to identify the world directly in front of them using machine vision technology.

The app is accessible with VoiceOver. A partly accessible video can be accessed on:

http://www.businessinsider.com/aipoly-app-tells-blind-people-surroundings-visually-impaired-languages-identify-objects2017-1/?r=AU&IR=T

New Ballyland app expected soon

Ballyland Rotor, Sonokids’ latest educational game app for children who are blind or have low vision, is expected in the App Store soon.

This new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, will help children learn the concept and gestures for what is called the ‘Rotor’ of VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader on iOS devices. Ballyland Rotor is the perfect sequel to Ballyland Magic.

In the new app the popular Ballylanders are back, this time in a story that features Ballicopter, the little red helicopter. His flight and adventure through Ballyland will be determined by the choices the child makes by way of turning the Rotor.

If you want to keep informed about new Sonokids apps and projects, you can subscribe to the Ballyland newsletter on the Ballyland website: http://www.ballyland.com

Positions Vacant

HumanWare: Blindness Product Specialist

Exciting & rewarding career opportunity – Australia & New Zealand: PRODUCT SPECIALIST – BLINDNESS

HumanWare is dedicated to furthering active and independent participation in society by persons who are vision impaired. We develop and market innovative high-tech products conforming to the needs of our clientele in international markets.

For more information on this opportunity go to the link:

http://www.humanware.com/en-australia/employment/career_opportunities.

If you want to be part of our dynamic team, send your resume with a cover letter attention to the General Manager at au.sales@humanware.com

RMIT

Disability Advisor

Seeking a full time Disability Advisor for a 6 month contract position. The details are available at: http://yourcareer.rmit.edu.au/caw/en/job/556545/disability-advisor

Leonard Cheshire Disability

 External Affairs Coordinator (Bangkok office)

Please find below, a vacancy announcement from Leonard Cheshire Disability (Bangkok office).

The link for application:

https://jobs.leonardcheshire.org/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=755043Bk0W&WVID=2371437Au4&LANG=USA

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

RIDBC is currently seeking applications for the following positions for their services around Australia:

  • Teacher, RIDBC Alice Betteridge School.
  • Teacher, School Support Service (VI)
  • CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) Clinical Research Audiologist.
  • Administrative Assistant, Early Learning Program (Vision Impairment).
  • Orthoptist, VisionEd.
  • Teacher/Consultant Hearing Impairment.
  • Early Intervention Consultant, Hearing Impairment

If you know of anyone who may be interested in applying, please direct them to the RIDBC website, http://www.ridbc.org.au/jobs.

 

Conferences and Events

2017 Round Table Conference

Conference Theme – “Information Access – new modes, technologies and opportunities”

This conference provides three full days of technical, research and panel sessions, presentations and practical workshops on issues related to accessibility. There are also many opportunities for networking and socialising with key speakers, panel members and attendees.

The date and venue of the 2017 Round Table Conference is confirmed.

Mercure Perth, 10 Irwin Street, Perth
Saturday, 6 May 2017 to Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Registrations are now open. We look forward to seeing you all in Perth.

Tactile Reading conference

Welcome to the Tactile Reading conference in Stockholm 5-7 April 2017 – the most important international conference about braille and graphics for children and youths in 2017. The conference will bring together people working with children and youth with visual impairments and blindness, academics in various research areas, vendors and game changers. This will be a great learning experience and opportunity to exchange knowledge with more than 200 delegates.

The topics of the conference are:

  • Development of tactual understanding
  • Tactile reading and the brain
  • Braille and literacy
  • Tactile graphics
  • Universal design and tactile reading

Read more about our topics

Speakers

We offer you more than 50 speakers, from various countries, who will present successful working methods and useful research results in the field of tactile reading. Here is a small selection of our speakers:

  • Cay Holbrook is Professor in the Faculty of Education and the co-founder of the “Getting in Touch with Literacy” conference.
  • Ans Withagen will explain how children with visual impairment use other senses then sight in order to get an “overview” of their environment. She will discuss the factors that affects the concept development of these children and how you can help them improve it.
  • Gun Olsson will present the Braille Bag, which is a pre-Braille-kit for new born children with severe visual impairment and their families. In this session you will learn about the importance of early literacy and get ideas for pre-Braille-kits that inspire to pre-Braille activities.
  • Luis González-García will talk about reading speed and comprehension of blind people compared to sighted people. He will present a research result that shows that reading speed of blind people is two-three times slower than that of the sighted people, but their reading comprehension in braille respectively ink is on the same level.

Read more about our speakers

Registration

Register here
Read about what the conference has to offer you on our website and stay updated – new speakers will be presented in the next few weeks!

The conference is arranged by the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media and the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools in Sweden.
www.tactilereading.org

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

Call for abstracts

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.