Queensland Regional Braille Forum Extraordinary Meeting
The Queensland Regional Braille Forum (known locally as the ABAQF) plans to hold an Extraordinary General meeting to elect a new convenor. All in Queensland who have a keen interest in braille, as users, teachers, producers or personnel supporting the learning or production of braille are invited.
It is regrettable that the Forum has, in recent months, found itself without a Convenor. Without a Convenor, the Forum will be forced either to go into recess for an indefinite period, or be dissolved by the ABA Executive. The ABAQF has a core group of dedicated members keen to ensure its continuation, growth and development and urgently requests that you consider nominating yourself or someone else for the position of Convenor.
Nominations are required in writing no later than Monday 4 September, by email to Karen Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Wednesday 13 September at 4:30 pm
Location: Braille House, 507 Ipswich Rd, Annerley.
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.
Potential candidates are encouraged to ensure their readiness for the test by familiarising themselves with the required reference materials and using the sample papers provided. Applications for the 2017 test are now closed.
Dates: week beginning 1 or 8 October 2017
Cost: $77 (GST included)
Braille club is a collaboration between the Australian Braille Authority, Queensland Forum and the Queensland Braille Writing Association (Braille House) for students who use braille from prep to year 12.
Braille Club aims to explore braille in fun and interesting ways and is facilitated by experienced teachers and blind professionals or Blue Card holders.
Time and Date: 11am – 2pm, Saturday 21 October
Location: Braille House, 507 Ipswich road, Annerley, Qld
Contact: Kay on (07) 38485257
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
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 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.
Date: 28 November 2017
Location: 370 Springvale road, Donvale VIC
Queensland Tactual Mapping Committee Meeting
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 will be held in Sydney.
ABA meeting – Saturday 5 May 2018
Round Table Conference – Sunday 6 to Tuesday 8 May 2018
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.
Date: June 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.
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.