Round Table and ABA

UEB Online has been created by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre. We acknowledge the support and permission from the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities and Australian Braille Authority for the adaptation of content from the Unified English Braille: Australian Training Manual April 2014 (edited by Howse, J., Riessen, K., & Holloway, L.).

 

Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities

The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities facilitates and influences the production and use of quality alternative formats for people with print disabilities by optimising the evolving Round Table body of knowledge.

Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc (Round Table) has a broad membership of education, government, business, alternate format producers, community and disability organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand with the following mission:

“To facilitate and influence the production and use of quality alternative formats for people with print disabilities by optimising the evolving Round Table body of knowledge.”

Access to information for people with a print disability, be it in traditional formats such as large print, braille and audio, or in newer and emerging electronic technologies such as the world wide web, structured e-text, e-commerce and interactive voice response, ensures that all people have access to the thoughts and ideas which make a society.

This means people with a print disability have access to the same educational, recreational, social and business opportunities as the rest of the community. Without accessible information active and full participation in society is denied to those with a print disability.

The principal role of the Round Table is to produce standards and guidelines on the production of material in alterate formats including braille, large print, e-text and audio.

 

Australian Braille Authority

The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) is a subcommittee of Round Table. It has the specific focus of promoting the use and production of braille, including the accreditation of braille transcribers and monitoring overseas developments.

The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) oversees the development and maintenance of Braille codes and specifications used in Australia, acts as a braille accreditation body, and promotes braille as the primary literacy medium for people who are blind, deafblind, or have severe vision impairment.