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Round Table Conference 2023

Sat 6 May 2023 – Tue 9 May 2023 AEST

Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney

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Around the conference theme “Universal Information Access: Pathways to an Equitable Future”, presenters will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities. The conference provides a forum for all of those with an involvement or interest in information access for children and adults who cannot readily access standard print.

In almost a decade since the adoption of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty, much progress has been made on improving access for people with print disabilities, but we are not there yet. While the diversity of facilities, access modes and formats have been growing, we are a long way away from a widespread adoption of the principles of universal design in the creation and provision of information, services and technology.

The 2023 Conference will focus on the themes of advocacy, innovation and practice and provide opportunities for people with print disabilities, accessible format producers, libraries, publishers, education institutions, government bodies, technology developers and other key stakeholders to come together to collaborate, share knowledge and learn together. 

All communication regarding the Round Table Conference is circulated on the Round Table Mailing List.

Conference Aims

  • To promote accessible information for people with print disabilities.
  • To share information about challenges and opportunities in providing accessible information for people with print disabilities.
  • To learn first-hand from consumers with print disabilities regarding their experiences in interacting with various technologies in a rapidly changing environment.
  • To promote and enhance collaborative partnerships and peer support networks.
  • To showcase and workshop examples of current best practice in the provision of accessible information and technology for people with print disabilities.
  • To explore policies, frameworks, advocacy initiatives, supports and services provided for people with print disabilities by work places, educational institutions, libraries, publishers, government and community organisations.

Keynote Speakers

The program will include a number of renowned local, national and international presenters including keynote speakers:

  • Richard Orme, CEO, DAISY Consortium
  • Darlene McLennan, David Swayn, Andrew Arch, Neil Jarvis, Steve Johnston, Accessible ICT procurement implementation guide for Australian Universities.

Feature speakers:

  • Melissa Fanshaw, University of Southern Queensland.
  • Victoria Owen, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
  • Chris Harrop, Telstra Sports Technology Lead.

A panel of CEO’s from key Australian and New Zealand blindness service agencies will also outline their “Vision for the future” for delivery of key client services.

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