Conference for educators of blind and vision impaired children

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:37pm

A conference hosted by the Royal National Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) brings teachers together to explore how accessible media and technology can improve education and literacy outcomes for school students who are blind or vision impaired.

Starting today, VisCon features a keynote address by Ike Presley from the American Foundation for the Blind’s National Literacy Centre. His work focuses on the link between assistive technology and literacy.

Media Access Australia’s education manager Anne McGrath will present on the research findings from our recently released Vision Education Scoping Report. This project, the first of its kind, looks at how the current systems in each state and sector could be improved to help make education more equitable.

Our CEO Alex Varley will present on audio description, and the need for regulation to guarantee access to video. “Audio description of material in schools is a long way behind captioning,” said Varley. “A key milestone in securing better access for blind and vision impaired children is a permanent audio description service on television. My presentation will focus on the conditions and process for making that happen.”

Other speakers of note include Catherine Corrigan discussing literacy and digital content and Vision Australia’s David Woodbridge presenting on the latest accessibility improvements to Apple products.

Download the full schedule from the VisCon webpage.

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