2017-ABA-Annual-Meeting-Report-of-the-Chair.doc - Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc Australian Braille Authority

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Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc Australian Braille Authority 2017 Report of the Chair – Jordie Howell Introduction The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) has enjoyed an eventful and productive year with a number of exciting developments to keep us energised and excited about braille. These have included attendance at the International Council on English Braille 6th General Assembly in Baltimore, USA, a keynote at the SPEVI biannual conference in Brisbane, our continued work updating guidelines and once again administering the Trans-Tasman Proficiency Certificate in Unified English Braille with three successful candidates in 2016. Through promotion of braille and dissemination of information via our website and Facebook page, and exciting activities run by our Regional Braille Forums, ABA has ensured not only the continued promotion, awareness and celebration of braille throughout Australia, but has also directed our focus globally. In my first term as Chair, I have been beautifully supported by Christine Simpson (Past Chair) and an enthusiastic executive committee which has made my transition into this leadership role a smooth and exciting time. Structure and Accountability The purpose of the ABA is to oversee the maintenance and development of braille codes and standards and best practice across Australia; as well as to promote an awareness of braille as the primary literacy medium for people who are blind, deafblind or who are severely vision impaired. The ABA is a subcommittee of the Round Table on Information Access for people with print disabilities. It is one of four subcommittees, however it is unique in that it has a leadership and membership structure of its own. The executive committee meets monthly by teleconference to work on priority issues. It consists of the Chair and seven members, three of whom attend executive meetings as "members in attendance" in the role of Regional Braille Forum Convenor. Regional Braille Forums provide ABA with direct contact with individual members. At present we have forums in Queensland and New South Wales. They meet at least three times per year and report to the executive via their Convenor at our monthly phone meetings. As Chair of ABA, I am a member of the executive of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability Inc. The Round Table is an umbrella organisation consisting of member organisations both in Australia and New Zealand that work in the area of alternative formats including braille. It publishes guidelines and promotes best practice in alternative format production. The Round Table executive meets monthly by phone and holds two face-to-face meetings annually. I deliver a monthly report on ABA activities at Round Table meetings as well
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as contribute to the general work of the Round Table committee. It is a real privilege to work with such an enthusiastic, dedicated and welcoming group of people. I thank Neil Jarvis, the Round
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