Directory of braille services and products in Australia

This Directory gives an overview of braille services, products and signmakers in Australia. Inclusion in the Directory does not represent endorsement by the Australian Braille Authority. Please contact the organisations directly for further information about their services.

Each state or territory has its own arrangements for the production of primary and secondary school materials, not listed here.

If you would like your organisation to be added to the Directory, please complete and return the ABA Braille Directory data collection form (doc 47kb).

Braille books, transcription and tutoring

AccessAble Braille Enterprises

AccessAble Braille Enterprises is a micro business operated by individuals with profound print disability. They offer a range of services including:

  • a monthly periodical for readers of literary Braille
  • audio transcription projects
  • transcription of short documents for individuals
  • transcription of minutes
  • interpreting for deafblind people by keyboard

Other requests are welcome.

contact: Ros Sackley or Merrilyn White
phone: (02) 4345 0316 (Ros) or (02) 4344 3884 (Merrilyn)
mobile: 0417 494 237
email: aabrl2257@bigpond.com
location: Ettalong Beach, NSW

Information Alternatives

Information Alternatives is one of Australia’s leading commercial braille producers, undertaking contract production on behalf of Government, commercial and community organisations.

Information Alternatives produces a wide range of braille documentation including reports, submissions, meeting papers, correspondence, business cards, and publications such as service directories, brochures, product manuals and menus. No job is too small or too large.

Information Alternatives are proud of their fast turnaround, high quality, accurate and attractive presentation of all productions.

contact: Christine Simpson
phone: (03) 5795 2307
email: iaproducts@bigpond.com
location: 22 Beaton street, Euroa VIC 366

National Braille Reserve Collection

The National Braille Reserve Collection is housed at the National Library in Canberra. Items in the collection are of a serious or reference nature and are available only through inter-library loan.

website: http://www.nla.gov.au/what-we-collect/braille-collection

Queensland Braille Writing Association

QBWA specialises in tactual literacy – braille production, tutoring in braille and moon, special projects. Services include:

  • braille and tactile graphics transcription for individuals and businesses
  • braille gift cards
  • free lending library of braille books and braille and moon magazines
  • tutoring in braille to newly blind adults locally in Brisbane or remotely
  • “Braille for Print Users”; a 10 week course run twice a year at Braille House

website: www.qbwa.org.au or www.braillehouse.org.au
location: 507 Ipswich road, Annerley, Qld 4103
contact: Barbara Oziganow
email: coordinator@qbwa.org.au
phone: (07) 3848 5257

Royal Society for the Blind (RSB)

 The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) is an iconic, trusted charity celebrating 130 years of providing services to Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Its services include:

  • braille transcription for individuals, for anything from poems, prayers, short stories, recipes and knitting patterns. Tactile graphics are also available for maps for orientation/mobility purposes and to accompany instruction manuals.
  • braille transcription of handouts, brochures, information sheets and business cards for organisations. Cost is minimal and does not incur GST.
  • braille tuition for touch readers and sighted adults. Braille training is provided in the Adaptive Technology Centre at 230 Pirie Street, Adelaide. Correspondence lessons are also available for regional clients. All resources and training are provided free of charge.

website: www.rsb.org.au
address: Print Alternatives & Digital Library Services, 245 Angas street, Adelaide SA 5000
locations: RSB has eight offices throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia in addition to offices in the Hunter Region (NSW) and Canberra (ACT)
email: mail@rsb.org.au
contact person for braille transcription: Isobel Laverty – phone (08) 8417 5555
contact person for braille tuition: Michael Zannis – phone (08) 8417 5599

Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC)

In addition to supporting eligible school-aged students with vision impairments throughout Victoria, the Statewide Vision Resource Centre (Department of Education Training, Victoria) offers the following training and resources:

website: www.svrc.vic.edu.au
location: 370 Springvale road, Donvale, Victoria
postal address: PO Box 201 Nunawading, 3131
phone: (03) 9841 0242
email: svrc@svrc.vic.edu.au
contact person: Marion Blaze, Manager

VisAbility

 VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind of WA) offers a range of services:

  • the Accessible Information Service provides a range of transcription services, including literary braille transcription for individuals, organisations and Universities; braille music transcription; tactile maps and diagrams; and accessibility formatting
  • the Library gives clients access to a range of braille books to borrow or download
  • a braille class is run on Monday and Tuesday each week where people with a vision impairment can learn braille, improve their braille skills or join a reading group

website: www.visability.com.au
location: 61 Kitchener ave, Victoria Park, Western Australia 6100
contact person: Caris Parry, Coordinator | Accessible Information Services
phone: (08) 9311 8202
email: Braille@visability.com.au

Vision Australia

Vision Australia logoVision Australia is Australia’s largest provider of services for people who are blind or have low vision. Its services include:

  • transcription and embossing of a range of materials, including commercial contracts, support for tertiary students and items for personal use. Music transcription and tactile graphics are both offered.
  • library service, providing hard copy braille and an online service
  • the Feelix library provides book kits for pre-school age children. Each kit contains a print/braille book, tactile book, DAISY audio CD and toy.
  • braille training for sighted and vision impaired adults

website: www.visionaustralia.org
location: offices are located throughout Victoria, NSW, Queensland, and ACT, with services also offered to residents of Tasmania and the Northern Territory
phone: 1300 84 74 66
email: info@visionaustralia.org

Braille products

Pacific Vision

Pacific Vision are suppliers of braille, speech and magnificcation technology throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Products and services include:

  • personal productivity devices/braille tablets and displays with 14, 32 or 40 cells of braille
  • easy-to-use mobile phone products with distinct buttons, incorporating GPS, scanning, reading, SMS and light and colour senseing technology
  • braille embossers: (Viewplus range) – catering for personal low volume to high volume production needs
  • Openbook scanning, conversion and magnification software
  • Local servicing of all hardware purchased from Pacific Vision
  • post-sales technical support and training

website: Pacific Vision International
location: Ground Floor, 199 Moorabool St, Geelong, Vic 3220
phone: 1800 756 849
email: office@pacificvision.com.au

HumanWare

HumanWare logoHumanWare designs, manufactures and supplies equipment for people who are vision impaired. HumanWare also distributes a wide range of third party assistive technology hardware and software from North America and Europe.

Products and services include:

  • personal productivity devices/braille tablets with braille keyboards and 18 or 32 cell length of built-in refreshable braille display
  • stand alone, refreshable braille displays for use with computers and portable devices running a screen reader, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Lynux platforms
  • braille embossers: Index range – catering for personal low volume to high volume production needs
  • Duxbury Braille Translation for Windows software
  • servicing of all hardware purchased from HumanWare
  • post-sales technical support and training

website: www.humanware.com
location: Suite 2, 7-11 Railway Street, Baulkham Hills  NSW  2135
phone: 02 9686 2600 or 1300 551 864
email: au.sales@humanware.com

KISA

KISA braille mobile phoneKISA braille mobile phone was designed in Australia with input from Vision Australia and Guide Dogs Victoria. It is fully customizable with up to 10 contacts labeled in braille.

website: www.kisa.com.au
phone: 1300 557 453
email: info@kisa.com.au

Pentronics

 Pentronics is the Master Distributor of Index Braille Production Equipment for Australia and New Zealand. Pentronics is also the supplier of Duxbury Braille Translation software and the author of PictureBraille Tactile Graphics software and Toccata braille Music Translation Software.

Pentronics provides service and support for a large range of adaptive technologies for low vision and blindness.

website: www.pentronics.com.au
location: 27 Birkdale Circuit, Glenmore Park, NSW 2745
contact: Nigel Herring
phone: (02) 4735 7355
email: service@pentronics.com.au

Puggles Pieces

 Puggles Pieces is an Australian company specialising in unique braille gifts such as jewellery, chocolate moulds, t-shirts, smencils and scratch and sniff books.

website: www.pugglespieces.com.au
contact: Bree
phone: 0421 306 345
email: info@pugglespieces.com.au

Quantum: Reading, Learning, Vision

Quantum provides sales and repairs of braille equipment. They are Australia’s largest supplier of adaptive technology to the education, corporate and government sectors in Australia.

website: www.quantumrlv.com.au
locations: Sydney North, Sydney South, Melbourne, Brisbane and Ballina
contact: Jeanette Potts
phone: (02) 9479 3100
email: info@quantumrlv.com.au

Reach & Match® Learning Kit

reach & match logoReach & Match® Learning Kit is an innovative system for blind and vision impaired children to learn and play with their peers in mainstream environments. It includes braille and print forms for vision impaired and sighted children to develop literacy as well as essential childhood skills such as cognitive, motor, communication and social skills. The double-sensory play provides distinctive ways for individual learning and group play. The kit comes with an activity manual providing well- designed exercises, activities and games for  for children with varying abilities.

website: www.reachandmatch.com
contact: Mandy Lau
email: info@reachandmatch.com
address: PO Box 392 Nunawading 3131

VisAbility

 VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind of WA) offers an Assistive Technology service, providing demonstrations, assessments and sales of a range of assistive technology devices, including refreshable braille displays and braille embossers.

website: www.visability.com.au/our-services/access/assistive-technologies/
location: 61 Kitchener ave, Victoria Park, Western Australia 6100

Vision Australia

Vision Australia logoVision Australia is Australia’s largest provider of services for people who are blind or have low vision. Its services include:

  • Equipment Solutions store providing advice and sales of braille products including braille paper, tactile diagram supplies, manual writing devices, braille games and braille watches
  • Perkins brailler servicing and repair
  • Further Education Bursary for blind and vision impaired students to purchase adaptive technology to assist with tertiary studies

website: www.visionaustralia.org
location: offices are located throughout Victoria, NSW, Queensland, and ACT, with services also offered to residents of Tasmania and the Northern Territory
phone: 1300 84 74 66
email: info@visionaustralia.org

Braille and tactile signmakers

Artee Signs

 Artee Signs manufacture all types of signs, including  braille and tactile signage for wayfinding.

website: www.artee.com.au
location: 2/3 Atkinson rd, Taren Point NSW 2229
phone: (02) 9524 0644
email: sales@artee.com.au
contact: Karina Stevens

Braille Sign Supplies

 Braille Sign Supplies is a manufacturer of Braille/Tactile Signs and labels. Shipping is available to anywhere in Australia.

website: www.braillesignsupplies.com.au
location: Torquay, Victoria
phone: 1300 302 655
email: sales@braillesignsupplies.com.au
contact: Travis Ashford

The Chameleon Group

chameleon group logoThe Chameleon Group manufacture high quality braille & tactile signage, directories and tactile maps in addition to other signage types. The key members of their expert team each have over a decade of experience in braille and tactile signage.

location: Maryborough, Queensland
website: www.chameleon-brailletactile.com.au
phone: (07) 4122 4199 or 1800 626 562
email: sales@chameleon-group.com.au
contact: Bruce Atkins

Cutting Shapes

Cutting Shapes manufacture braille signs in stainless steel or acrylic.

location: Taren Point, NSW
phone: 0411 047 865
email: cuttingshapes@tpg.com.au
contact: Russell Harding

Visualise Braille & Tactile Signs

 Visualise Braille & Tactile Signs manufacture both stock line and custom braille and tactile signs, in addition to tactile maps and directories. They also manufacture all other types of signs.

website: www.visualise.net.au
location: Northgate, QLD
phone: 07 3625 2331 or 1300 881 071
email: visualise@signcraft.com.au


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: March 6, 2017 at 16:20 pm