Events

Upcoming events

Magnificent Makers exhibition

braille and tactile map of EuropeThe Magnificent Makers exhibition highlights the work of eight pioneer inventors and innovators from Queensland. It includes a tactile braille globe by Richard Frank Tunley.

More information about Tunley and his work is available on ABA’s Honour Roll for past Australians who have made a significant contribution to braille in Australia.

Dates: 9 December 2017 – 3 June 2018
Times: 10am to 5pm daily
Location: Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank, Queensland
Cost: free
Website: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au

World Braille Day

Louis Braille bustWorld Braille Day is celebrated on 4 January each year, in commemoration of the birth of Louis Braille in 1809.

Among the events in 2018, the BrailleMe low-cost refreshable braille display will be launched.

Queensland Tactual Mapping Committee Meeting

tactile model of QUTThe Queensland Tactual Mapping Committee (GTMC) is a group of professionals interested in mapping for people who are blind or vision impaired. New members are always welcome.

Date: 31 January 2018
Time: 9.30am
Location: Braille House
RSVP: Terry Boyle at boyletj@powerup.com.au

Braille Professional Development Day

SVRC logoThe Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) is hosting a professional development day for teachers on Education Support for Students who are Blind.

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Location: SVRC, Springvale road, Donvale
Registrations: online

Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives on Braille Reading and Writing

The symposium on Braille Reading and Writing seeks to build an interdisciplinary network of researchers to explore the perceptual, neurological, cognitive, linguistic, educational, and sociocultural aspects of braille reading and writing. What does it mean to read and write, how is this similar or different across the visual and tactile modalities, and what is the impact the on reading, writing, and teaching of braille? Speakers at the conference will take up these questions from the diverse perspectives of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Education and Disability Studies.

Presentations will generally be 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes for discussion. Attendees are welcome at all talks, and are especially encouraged to actively participate in and bring their perspectives to the Saturday afternoon roundtable discussions. Seating at the conference venue is limited, so early registration is recommended. Registrations close on 21 February.

Dates: March 8 – 10, 2018
Location: Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice Memorial Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
Website and registrations: https://scientia.rice.edu/scientia-small-conference-2018
Cost: $30 registration fee

 Braille Music Professional Development Day

Date: 24 April 2018
Location: SVRC, Springvale road, Donvale, VIC

ABA Annual Meeting and Round Table Conference

rydges sydneyThe 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.

Key Dates:
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

Dot Power

SVRC main room with lots of Perkins braillers ready for useDot 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.

Dates: Tuesdays 8 May, 7 August, 30 October 2018
Location: SVRC, Springvale road, Donvale, VIC

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

Roma Dix with 30th anniversary braille cakeThe 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@westnet.com.au 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

using a Perkins braillerThe 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)

International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) East Asia Regional Conference

The next Regional Conference of ICEVI East Asia will be held in Manila, Philippines
from 17 to 19 October 2018. The main theme of the conference will be
EFA-VI 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Conference
presentations and workshops will address such topics as global
perspectives on education for all, Sustainable Development Goals,
Legislation and policies, curricular strategies, human resource
development, technology and higher education.

Dates: 17-19 October 2018
Location: Manila, Philippines
Website: www.icevi.org

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.

Students, parents, teachers and friends are invited to this celebration of achievements made possible through braille.

bronze medal with the the words "Sydney Braille Forum", "Australian Braille Authority" and a tactile map of NSW with "SBF", "ABA" in braille.

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.

Date: Held annually in November.

SVRC Expo

Date: Tuesday 27 November
Location: SVRC, Springvale road, Donvale

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

Regular events

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.

Sigrid Thornton, families with young children, Feelix book kits and some toy elephants

“The Elephant and the Bad Baby” story morning at Feelix Library

Past events

 NSW Braille Writing Competition

The NSW Braille Writing Competition is held annually.

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.


link to Round Table websiteThe Australian Braille Authority is a subcommittee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability Inc.
Last updated: December 15, 2017 at 18:21 pm