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Positions Vacant

Vision Australia

Looking for employment? Want to develop your skills in a fun learning environment?

Vision Australia, in collaboration with the Empowering Youth Initiative (EYI), is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting national employment skills program for youth, Building Stronger Futures.

Over the next 18 months, the programs will be delivered in various locations across Australia. The program involves a three week face-to-face interactive skills development program, followed by job placement and problem solving assistance for six months.

During this time, you will receive:

  • Advice on career pathways and job seeking techniques
  • Cover letter and resume writing advice
  • Addressing employment issues specific to vision impairment
  • Interview skills development and coaching
  • Networking and matching your skills to an employer’s needs

If you are blind or have low vision, are aged between 15 and 24 years inclusive, are not currently in secondary education and are willing and motivated to gain employment then this program is for you.

Express your interest now:
Contact:        Belinda Wilson
Email:           Belinda.wilson@visionaustralia.org
Phone:          03 8378 1223
www.visionaustralia.org

Conferences and Events

First National Virtual Disability Conference, 21 March 2018

Be part of history and participate in Australia’s first online disability conference

  • Topics include health and wellbeing, community living, education and employment
  • Access interactive presentations with National and International experts from the comfort of your own home or office
  • Live and recorded, on-demand sessions – so you don’t miss out on anything
  • Interact with presenters through live question and answer sessions in real time

Who should participate?

People with disabilities, families, service providers, policy makers, educators, researchers and anyone with an interest in disability

For more information and to submit an abstract to be part of the conference programme, go to

http://virtualdisability.conferenceworks.com.au/

2018 Round Table Conference

Saturday, 5 May to Tuesday, 8 May 2018 | Sydney | Rydges Sydney Central

Advances in Information Access – Opportunities, Applications and Technologies

Information access is important to all persons with print disabilities (including, but not limited to, people with vision impairment) and has many dimensions, including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), facilities (libraries, agencies, educational institutions, government bodies) and modes of access (mobile touch devices, laptop, refreshable braille). The 2018 Conference will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for information access and creation, communication and learning.

The Australian Braille Authority Annual Conference in held on Saturday followed by 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.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney.

Of Interest

 ‘Inclusion’ videos created by High School students for ‘Smart Art Includes You’ Challenge

In school term 2 of 2017, Ability Links NSW invited public schools from across the Hunter and Central Coast regions to take part in the inaugural ‘Smart Art Includes You’ Challenge. More than one in five schools answered that call, supporting almost 1000 students to participate and go in the draw to win their school up to $9000 to build their capacity to be inclusive of people with disabilities. They asked for artwork that was interesting and original and which would inspire audiences to think about the value of inclusion. Under the expert guidance of Debra Goodsir, Specialist Teacher (Vision), students from Kotara High School created and submitted two great videos. The direct links are below.

Video ‘Inclusion Food’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIFGgA7fn7o&feature=youtu.be
Video ‘Inclusion Dance’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6P6jz4eJD0&feature=youtu.be

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Great news from Australian Parliament – the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 has passed in both houses, allowing adoption. This is fantastic news for our sector. In brief, the Bill introduces two new exceptions 113E (for persons with disabilities and everyone assisting them) and 113F (for organisations assisting person with a disability). Both extensions extend to importation and exportation of accessible materials, addressing our compliance with the Marrakesh Treaty. All copyright material (print, music, video, art, etc) can be converted to an accessible format for people with a disability (including learning disabilities such as dyslexia) provided that the format is not already available in that format at an ordinary commercial price and in reasonable time. A copyright statement does not need to be included (no more 135ZP). Reporting is not required, however CAL is willing to continue maintaining a master copy catalogue to assist with sharing of accessible materials. The technicalities are available at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5832 and a simpler explanation is given by CAL at https://www.copyright.com.au/2017/03/simplification-copyright-act-win-local-creators-users-australian-content/.

You may also like to refer to the 2017 Round Table presenter papers on copyright available for download from http://printdisability.org/conference/2017-round-table-conference/. The Bill is expected to come into practice later this year.

Eye Institute in India develops device to measure the field of vision of infants

An advanced device to measure the field of vision of infants has been developed by scientists at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad (India). The device, named pediatric perimeter, can be used to test the eyesight of infants between two and 12 months. Currently, there is no specific perimeter device to measure the field of vision in infants. As a result, most of the eye defects arising during infancy get detected only in adulthood.

The pediatric perimeter helps to measure the area of vision and also the reaction time of infants. The innovation was recently published in Translational Vision Science and Technology.

The device consists of a hemispherical dome fitted with LEDs in all directions which are controlled using a computer program. The infant is placed inside the dome in the lying down position. The baby’s eye and head movements when the LED is switched on randomly are monitored by an infrared camera mounted on the top of the dome. The test takes only 6-10 minutes .The reaction time (time taken for the infant to look at the LED after it is switched on) measured helps identifying infants with developmental delay — healthy infants react within 380 milliseconds and those with developmental delay took 663 milliseconds.

To measure the area of vision, the LED was switched along the dome starting from the left and right sides to the centre, and also from front to back. The infants gaze was monitored by the camera and the degree of eye movements along with the reaction time was calculated to identify visual field defects. Many neurological factors can cause impairments in the vision of an infant.

The device was validated using adults with normal vision and those with glaucoma and retinal defects.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/a-device-to-test-infants-field-of-vision/article19385285.ece

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

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.