Welcome to the home of the Australian Braille Authority.
Registrations are now open for the 2017 Round Table Conference, to be held in Perth from Sunday 7 to Tuesday 9 May. The theme of the Conference is “Information Access – new modes, technologies and opportunities”. The ABA Annual meeting will be held on the preceding Saturday 6 May. We hope you can join us.
ABA was proud to be represented by Kathy Riessen as keynote speaker at the 2017 SPEVI Conference on the topics of ABA and braille formatting.
We have added a new Resources page to our website, where you can find links to all of the essential references and guidelines recommended for the production and use of braille in Australia.
Two new sample papers are available for the Trans-Tasman proficiency test in print and braille.
The ABA Rules and Guidelines for Formatting Braille were launched in May at the 2016 Round Table Conference. All braille producers in Australia are urged to download the Guidelines and ensure that you are familiar with them.
These further resources have recently been released to assist teachers, parents and transcribers in learning and understanding Unified English Braille, the braille code used in Australia:
- UEB Online training course
- Unified English Braille Australian Training Manual (2014) – now available in braille format
- Guidelines for Technical Material (2014)
- The Rules of Unified English Braille – second edition (2013)
What we do
The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) oversees the development and maintenance of Braille codes and specifications used in Australia, acts as a braille accreditation body, and promotes braille as the primary literacy medium for people who are blind, deafblind, or have severe vision impairment.
Our structure and objectives
The Australian Braille Authority is a sub-committee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
The ABA Executive Committee meets regularly by teleconference and usually once a year in person for detailed consideration of priority issues.
The ABA was established in 1982 and operates with these Objectives. The ABA’s Terms of Reference (zip doc & brf 46kb) were adopted in August 2011 and amended in November 2012. In addition, these Model Operational Guidelines for Regional Braille Forums (zip doc & brf 46kb) were made under Clause 32 of the Australian Braille Authority’s Terms of Reference (adopted August 2011) and were approved by the ABA Executive at its meeting of 10 August 2011.
The ABA holds its general meeting in April or May each year as part of the Round Table Conference. At these meetings, reports are presented by the ABA Chair and each Regional Forum.
- Chairperson’s Report for 2016 (docx 44kb)
- Chairperson’s Report for 2015 (doc 74kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2014 (doc 80kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2013 (doc 72kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2012 (doc 22kb)
Further annual reports can be found in our archives.
For more information about the Australian Braille Authority and related matters, please contact us.
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