Welcome to the home of the Australian Braille Authority.
Congratulations to Dr Gillian Gale on her award as a member (AM) in the general division of the Order of Australia in recognition of her extensive work supporting the education of children with a vision impairment throughout Australia. Among her many achievements, Gillian has worked as a vision specialist teacher, edited Round Table’s Guidelines on Conveying Visual Information, co-authored the Ozzie Dots program for early braille literacy, serves on the steering committee of the Feelix Library, and is a life member of SPEVI. She has served as a teacher, mentor and inspiration to so many of the braille community.
Congratulations also to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and their Telelink team on their biggest ever Braille Camp, held in January 2018. Over 150 members from remote and regional families came together over four days to practice hands-on skills and network with other families.
Unified English Braille (UEB) is the official braille code for use in Australia. ABA jointly administers the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in UEB, the only braille certification available in Australia. Results for the 2017 test have been released and our heartiest congratulations are extended to the nine successful candidates.
The 2018 Round Table Conference will be held at Rydges Sydney Central with the theme “Advances in Information Access – Opportunities, Applications and Technologies”. The Call for Papers is open until 1 December 2017. The ABA Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday 5 May, followed by the Conference from Sunday 6 to Tuesday 8 May. Registrations are now open.
The 2017 ABA Annual Meeting and Round Table Conference were held in Perth from Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 May. We would like to thank Jordie Howell for her able chairmanship, Sam Taylor for his feature presentation on refreshable braille technology with android, and Kathy Riessen for her workshop on implementing the ABA formatting guidelines using the Australian template in the Duxbury Braille Translator. ABA was also proud to be represented by Kathy Riessen as a keynote speaker at the 2017 SPEVI Conference on the topics of ABA and braille formatting.
New pages and information recently added to our website include:
- A new Resources page, where you can find links to all of the essential references and guidelines recommended for the production and use of braille in Australia.
- A new page paying tribute to past leaders in braille in Australia.
- Two new sample papers for the Trans-Tasman Proficiency Test in print and braille.
- Addition of a music braille producers section in the ABA Directory of Braille Services and Products.
Unified English Braille (UEB) is the official braille code for use in Australia. We recommend these resources to assist teachers, parents and transcribers in learning and understanding UEB and its use in Australia:
- The Rules of Unified English Braille – second edition (2013)
- Unified English Braille Australian Training Manual (2016)
- UEB Online and UEB Online accessible training courses
- Guidelines for Technical Material (2014)
- ABA Rules and Guidelines for Formatting Braille (2016)
- DBT Producer’s Manual (2011)
What we do
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.
Our structure and objectives
The Australian Braille Authority is a sub-committee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.
The ABA Executive Committee meets regularly by teleconference and usually once a year in person for detailed consideration of priority issues.
The ABA was established in 1981 and operates with these Objectives. The ABA’s Terms of Reference (zip doc & brf 46kb) were adopted in August 2011 and amended in November 2012. In addition, these Model Operational Guidelines for Regional Braille Forums (zip doc & brf 46kb) were made under Clause 32 of the Australian Braille Authority’s Terms of Reference (adopted August 2011) and were approved by the ABA Executive at its meeting of 10 August 2011.
The ABA holds its general meeting in April or May each year as part of the Round Table Conference. At these meetings, reports are presented by the ABA Chair and each Regional Forum.
- Chairperson’s report for 2017 (docx 104kb)
- Chairperson’s Report for 2016 (docx 44kb)
- Chairperson’s Report for 2015 (doc 74kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2014 (doc 80kb)
- Chairperson’s report for 2013 (doc 72kb)
Further annual reports, minutes, workshop materials and newsletters can be found in our archives.
For more information about the Australian Braille Authority and related matters, please contact us.
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