Dot Power is a program run by the Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) in Victoria to help build children’s skills and interest in braille. Eligible Victorian students from 4 years old (pre-school) to Year 3 are invited to participate and get as much braille under their fingers as is possible in one day!
Held termly at the SVRC, students participate in group activities designed to offer opportunities to read and write braille. One-on-one assistance is provided as required.
Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Location: SVRC, 370 Springvale road, Donvale VIC
Queensland Braille Forum
Date: Evening of 22 November 2017
NSW Braille Writing Competition Award Night
The Sydney Braille Forum conducts an annual Braille Writing Competition for New South Wales school students who use braille as their literary medium.
The main aims of the writing competition are:
- to promote braille as an important literacy tool
- to encourage students to improve their braille knowledge and skills
- to provide Vision Support teachers with feedback on the braille knowledge of their students, and
- to bring together students, families, and educators to celebrate the achievements of competition entrants at a special Braille Competition Award Night.
We are excited to welcome Kate Forsyth as guest author for the annual Braille Writing Competition Awards Night in 2017. Kate is best known for her historical novel, Bitter Greens, but has also written several children’s books including The Gypsy Crown, The Puzzle Ring, The Starthorn Tree, The Wildkin’s Curse, The Starkin Crown and Dragon Gold.
Students, parents, teachers and friends are invited to this celebration of achievements made possible through braille.
Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
The Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) hosts an yearly Technology Expo where you can learn about its services for vision impaired students in Australia and meet with a range of other service and adaptive technology providers.
Braille products and tactile resources will be exhibited by Quantum RLV, Vision Australia, Pacific Vision, HumanWare, childsPly by Claire (tactile games and teaching aids), SensiLab (3D printing) and InsideVision (exhibiting the insideONE braille tablet). At 1.30pm there will be a workshop on 3D printing.
Date: 28 November 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: 370 Springvale road, Donvale VIC
Queensland Tactual Mapping Committee Meeting
The Queensland Tactual Mapping Committee shares an interest in tactual mapping production, standards and technologies. New members are always welcome.
Date: Wednesday 6 December
Location: Braille House, 507 Ipswich rd, Annerley
Contact: Terry Boyle boyletj
Getting in Touch with Literacy conference
Getting in Touch with Literacy is a biennial conference in the USA devoted to all forms of literacy for people who are blind or have low vision – print, braille, auditory, tactile graphics comprehension and the use of assistive technology.
Dates: 6-9 December 2017
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
World Braille Day
World Braille Day is celebrated on 4 January each year, in commemoration of the birth of Louis Braille in 1809.
ABA Annual Meeting and Round Table Conference
The ABA Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the Round Table Conference each year in May. The 2018 Conference has the theme “Advances in Information Access – Opportunities, Applications and Technologies”. The call for papers is now open.
Friday 1 December 2017 – Call for papers closes
Saturday 5 May 2018 – ABA meeting
Sunday 6 to Tuesday 8 May 2018 – Round Table Conference
Location: Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion street, Surry Hills NSW
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is held on the third Thursday of May each year. Its purpose is to get everyone talking about digital accessibility for people with different abilities.
Date: Thursday 17 May 2018
National Braille Music Camp
The National Braille Music Camp is a fantastic opportunity for braille readers to learn, improve, share, transcribe and teach braille music. It is held at Frensham School, Mittagong, New South Wales over a week in June each year.
Dates: 30 June to 7 July 2018
Contact: Roma Dix at romad@ for more information, including registration details.
A recording of Tzena Tzena, performed by participants at the Braille Music Camp at the closing night concert in 2013, is provided below.
Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille
The Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille is the only form of accreditation available to braille specialists in Australia. All candidates have one full week period in which to sit the test and can elect their preferred week. It is an open book exam.
Applications for the next test are expected to open in August 2018.
Dates: week beginning 1 or 8 October 2018
Cost: $77 (GST included)
2019 SPEVI Conference
The Biennial Conference of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment will be held in Perth.
Date: January 2019
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Regional Braille Forum meetings
The ABA Regional Braille Forums meet quarterly, often hosting guest speakers or special events. Please contact your local RBF representatives for details or watch this page for news of upcoming meetings.
Feelix Library Story Mornings
Vision Australia’s Feelix Library provides fun and accessible book kits for young children who are blind or have low vision. The library hosts a story morning for once every two months on a Saturday, offering families a chance to share a story, join in the related tactile activities, and meet with other members of the library. Past story mornings included a beach theme with a large fresh snapper and some very prickly prawns; “The Elephant and the Bad Baby” read by Feelix patron Sigrid Thornton with an elephant trolley that children could sit in to go “rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta” down a bumpy tactile road; and a Christmas story morning with a singalong with Rachel Leahcar.
2010 The launch of the UEB Rulebook
The launch of the UEB Rulebook took place in Sydney, June 2010.
2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Celebrations in Australia
Australia celebrated the 200 year anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth with a wide range of braille-related Bicentennial activities in 2009.