Print Disability Round Table: call for papers

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013 14:26pm

The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is now calling for presentation abstracts for its May 2014 event.

The Round Table focuses on how information can be made more available for those for whom print materials such as books and newspapers present a barrier. This includes people who are blind, vision impaired, have dyslexia or have limited dexterity.

The theme of the 2014 conference is ‘Information Access – Putting the person at the centre’. This explores how current systems and policy frameworks can be improved to put the needs of print disabled consumers first.

Suggested presentation topics

  • Policy, research or models of service delivery for children and adults with a print disability
  • Recent developments in copyright and disability standards
  • Provision and cataloguing of accessible information
  • Innovative strategies and practices in print accessibility
  • Technology, including the growing emphasis on iPads, iPhones and other hand-held or portable technologies
  • Issues relating to print disability in school, work and community contexts
  • Literacy development for children and adults with a print disability
  • The state of planning and implications of DisabilityCare (formerly NDIS) for persons with print disabilities
  • Creation of accessible documents, websites and graphical images – practical skills

At the 2013 conference Media Access Australia’s CEO Alex Varley presented on the need for regulating audio description in Australia. Project manager Dr Scott Hollier also spoke about our resource for older people with disabilities to help them use computers and the web.

The call for papers is open until 31 October. Abstract submission details can be downloaded from the Round Table website.

 The conference will be held on 17-20 May 2014 in Brisbane.

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