Conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability

The next Conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability will be held from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th of May 2015 at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace.

The 2015 Conference Theme is “Dynamics of information access – Current and future contexts and designs”.

Conference Aims:

  • To share information about the latest developments in provision of accessible information
  • To provide information for people with a print disability
  • To enhance dialogue between users and providers of accessible information
  • To promote and enhance collaborative partnerships and peer support networks
  • To showcase and workshop examples of best practice in the provision of accessible information and technology for children and adults with a print disability
  • To explore person-centred policies, supports and services provided for children and adults with a print disability in work places, schools and educational institutions, and local communities

Alternative formats

Should you have any queries or require the conference documentation in an alternate format please do not hesitate to contact the Round Table Administrative Officer.

Tammy Axelsen
Round Table Administration Officer
PO Box 229
Lindisfarne TAS 7015
Phone: 0417 101 418 / 03 6265 1519
web address:

Update – Blind Citizens Australia Annual General Meeting 2014

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) held its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne, at the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens Hotel, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne on Saturday 4 October 2014 at 11.00am. the meeting was streamed live over the internet and a recoarding will be made available shortly.

The BCA 2014 AGM agenda included conformation of the 2013 AGM Minutes a presentation and discussion of the Annual Report and Financial Statements as well as the announcement of the election of Directors and NPDC representative for Western Australia.

Changes to Board and NPDC representation

the Board of BCA would like to welcome Lauren Henley and Michael Baker newly elected members to the BCA Board.

BCA Director’s terms completed at the 2014 AGM were; Cheryl Pascual, Anna Briggs, Michael Sadhu and Bruce Ind. The board would like to pass on its appreciation to Cheryl, Anna, Michael and Bruce for their dedication energy and effort during their time on the Board.

There was one election for a position on the National Policy and Development Council(NPDC); Western Australia held a ballot for electing their representative for the NPDC.

A very close result; congradulations to Grace King being elected as NPDC representative for Western Australia.

Annual Report

If you would like a personal copy of the 2013-2014 BCA Annual Report, please call the National Office on 03 9654 1400 or 1800 033 660 to request. This Report is available in large print, Braille, or by email only. As soon as the Report is available it will be sent to you in your preferred format. The Report is also published on the BCA Website on the Publications page.

Revised Constitution

As there was much interest and suggestion shown in regard to Consideration of the proposed Revised Constitution in the weeks leading up to the AGM; at the Board meeting held on Friday 3rd October, the Board decided not to present the proposed amended constitution for adoption, but would pass it back to the Governance Committee with a view to further member consultation.

This year the Board members have been looking very closely at all of the BCA Governance documents with a view to ensure that they are up-to-date with current practices and with recent legislative changes. The BCA Constitution was last revised in 2007

This document takes into account the changes to the Charities Act as well as the recommendations from members to reduce the “red tape” where possible.

Copies of the revised constitution, along with a summary outlining the differences between the 2007 Constitution (Word doc) and this 2014 Revised Constitution (Word doc) are also available from the National Office by request.

If you have any questions relating to the proposed changes, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Directors, or the Executive Officer, Rosemary Boyd.

Rosemary Boyd
Company Secretary

BCA 2014 AGM and Victorian State Forum

Dear members and friends

The blind Citizens Australia 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 4 October; Internet streaming of the meeting was available. A recoarding of that stream will be available shortly.

For those who would like to listen to happenings at the recently held Victorian 2014 State Forum, those recoardings will also be available shortly.

Download your copy of the Victorian State Forum Program for an insight into workshops held, and for information on speakers who presented at the forum, download your copy of the Speaker Biographies

National Women’s Branch Call For Topics for State Conventions

The Blind Citizens Australia National Women’s Special Interests Branch have decided to present workshops at State Conventions / Forums this year.

We need to choose a topic that would be of interest and would really appreciate it if you could pass on any ideas. Once these have come in, we will discuss and decide at our next committee meeting.

Two years ago, we presented Creative Writing.

Our sessions are always very popular, so it really is worthwhile having them. I’m sure there is a topic you would love to join in, if only it were offered. Now is your chance to make a suggestion.

Any thoughts can be sent to the email address below.

We thank you for your support.

Regards Karen
Karen Passmore
BCA National Women’s Special Interests Branch

Blind Orientation & Mobility Instructor Daniel Kish in Perth

PERTH: Blind Orientation & Mobility Instructor Daniel Kish in Perth – One-Day Seminar

Dear Blind Citizens WA Members and non Members,

Blind Citizens WA, working with World Access for the Blind Australia is pleased to present US Orientation and Mobility Instructor Daniel Kish in Perth for a one-day seminar on Friday 7 February 2014.

Daniel Kish
Seeing with Sound
Friday 7 February 2014
9am – 4pm
Wesfarmers Theatrette, Association for the Blind of WA Building
61 Kitchener Ave, Victoria Park
Cost – $20 Blind Citizens WA members / $40 non-members
All welcome
Lunch is not provided, however food and refreshments will be available to purchase at the venue or nearby cafe.

Daniel will also conduct a two-day workshop on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February 2014. Places are strictly limited at a cost of $150 per person.

Daniel Kish – Orientation & Mobility Instructor
“Seeing with Sound”
Friday 7 February 2013
9am – 4pm
Wesfarmers Theatrette – Association for the Blind of WA
61 Kitchener Ave, Victoria Park

Daniel is a blind orientation and mobility instructor from the US, teaching techniques such as FlashSonar to students worldwide. Daniel will share his unique perspective and a philosophy that everyone should enjoy the freedom and strength of character to seek and discover their own limits and strengths.

Daniel’s seminar is suitable for people who are blind or vision impaired, people who work in the disability and community services and other interested members of the community. The seminar will include demonstrations, discussion and video / audio presentations.

“I can now travel anywhere I want to if I so choose. I still have anxiety at times but I also have the skills both physically and emotionally to work it through to its source and move past it to achieve my goals.”
Julee-anne Bell, Founder, World Access for the Blind Australia

Cost – $40 non-members / $20 Blind Citizens WA members
Lunch not provided – food and drink may be purchased at the venue.

World Access for the Blind Australia aims to facilitate the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness.

Blind Citizens WA has been advocating for the rights of Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired since 1961.

More Information and RSVPs
Please contact Blind Citizens WA on (08) 9355 5113 or via – or call Deanne Ferris on 0438 687 768.

Thanks to the Association for the Blind of WA for use of the Wesfarmers Theatrette.

More information please contact Blind Citizens WA on (08) 9355 5113 or via Alternatively, please contact President Deanne Ferris on 0438 687 768.

Please feel free to pass this on to your networks.

Warm regards,

Deanne Ferris
Blind Citizens WA