ABA Regional Braille Forums (RBFs) meet at least four times a year. Please check our Events page for notification of upcoming meetings.
The RBFs operate under Operational Guidelines, based on the Model Operational Guidelines for Regional Braille Forums (zip doc & brf 46kb).
Regional Braille Forums in operation
Sydney Braille Forum
Anyone with an interest in braille and braille-related issues is most welcome to attend the Sydney Braille Forum meetings. Our members include braille consumers, producers, educators and others with an interest in braille.
The Sydney Regional Braille Forum meets once every 3 months at the Ryde-Eastwood League Club to discuss braille and braille-related issues, hear from guest speakers and perhaps even enjoy a meal together. Members include braille consumers, producers, educators and others with an interest in braille. Guests and new members are always welcome. Meetings are held from 4.30-6.30pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convenor: Sandra Robertson
Secretary: Annette Sutherland
Mobile: 0412 301 056
Queensland Braille Forum
Convenor: Melissa Fanshawe
Secretary: Karen Clark
Phone: (07) 3823 0761
Mobile 0409 625 927
Treasurer: Sue Wagner
Mobile: 0412 145 644
Phone: (07) 3848 5257
Melbourne Braille Forum
Interest has been expressed in establishing a Regional Braille Forum in Melbourne. Please contact Ross de Vent if you would like to discuss the idea and receive notification of the first meeting.
Contact: Ross de Vent
Phone: 0408 575 315
Remembering past events
2016 Sydney Braille Forum Writing Competition
The Award Night for the Sydney Braille Forum’s Annual Writing Competition was held at the Burwood RSL on 16th November 2016. Forty four students entered the competition, writing on the topic “The Year of the Monkey”. Our guest author was Sydney-based author Belinda Murrell and her latest book “The Lost Sapphire” was transcribed as one of the Awards.
2015 Sydney Braille Forum Writing Competition
The Sydney Braille Forum Award night in November 2015 was a great success. We were especially pleased to be able to include remote students in the ceremony using Facetime. Guest author, Jacqueline Harvey, shared her passion for writing with our budding young authors.
2013 Sydney Braille Forum Braille Writing Competition
The annual Award Night for the Braille Writing Competition was held at Burwood RSL Club on 20th November, with 120 guests in attendance.
Many of the 43 students who expressed an interest in this competition attended the evening, along with their families, friends and school staff. It was wonderful to see the children catching up with friends they have made in previous years and meeting new ones this year.
Our guest author for the evening was Nathan Luff. Nathan is a Sydney based author and the book we presented on the night was “Chicken Stu”. Nathan was very entertaining and spoke to the children about where his inspiration for stories comes from. One student told us that after listening to Nathan he now has a few ideas for next year.
It’s wonderful to see the students embrace braille and enjoy the love of reading and writing in braille. We eagerly look forward to this event each year.
2012 Sydney Braille Forum Braille Writing Competition
The 2012 Award Evening was our biggest so far, with over 110 people attending. We were thoroughly entertained by our guest author, Andrew Daddo. Andrew shared many amusing stories about growing up and where he gets the inspiration for his stories.
Representatives from our wonderful sponsors were also present to help make this event such a huge success. These sponsors included Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, HumanWare, NSW Department of Education and Communities, Quantum RLV, RIDBC and Vision Australia. Their continued support is very much appreciated.