Here are a few links to some key web sites to enable you to read more about Braille, the work of the Australian Braille Authority, education for people who are blind or have low vision and other related topics, or find links to some local organisations and agencies or suppliers of Braille related technologies. It is certainly not an exhaustive list and if you represent or know of an organisation or agency which you consider would be a useful addition to the list below, please let us know.
The Australian Braille Authority oversees the development and maintenance of Braille codes and specifications used in Australia. brailleaustralia.org The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is an international organisation supporting education and rehabilitation professionals providing services to children and adults with vision impairment.
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is an advocacy organisation representing the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians.
Queensland State Government entry point for information about access to education, training and the arts.
In conjunction with the Queensland Tactual Mapping Committee, the department has produced over 60 tactual maps for people who are blind and vision impaired, to help them in everyday situations (e.g. visiting the Brisbane City Mall). The maps are simplified, generalised maps that have been prepared with particular attention to line size, symbols, patterns and use of braille. They are usually printed with a low vision version on one side and a braille raised image on the reverse.
The DSSU’s purpose is to enhance and facilitate inclusive education practices through supporting specialists who work with students with disabilities.
The Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) and MegaDots, are used by many of the world’s leading braille publishers.
A comprehensive online Australian disability resource with information of interest to people with vision impairment.
GDQ services include Guide Dog training and placement, community and professional education workshops, mobility programs for vision impaired and blind children, counseling by our on staff psychologist and a variety of residential and training programs including counseling retreats, holiday camps, Long Cane training and electronic travel aid training.
HumanWare markets products and offers service and support to help people with vision impairment get access to information such as Braille and Speech, Low Vision, Orientation and Digital Talking Book Players.
The purpose of the International Council on English Braille is to coordinate and improve standards for braille usage for all English-speaking users of braille.
The Mountbatten Brailler is adaptive technology that has been designed to meet the needs of blind students in today’s environment, especially in early braille instruction, as a foundation tool for literacy.
Moon allows people who are blind or partially sighted to read by touch. It is a code of raised shapes with over half the letters bearing a strong resemblance to the print equivalent. Moon has been found particularly suitable for people who lose their sight later in life.
We are honoured to once again enjoy the privilege of Vice-Regal Patronage and are happy to acknowledge our Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland.
An Australian company which provides service and support of adaptive technologies for people who are blind and vision impaired and is the author of Toccata Braille Music Translator and PictureBraille tactile graphic creation software.
The Perkins School website includes the Blind Howe Press History.
An Australian company dedicated to serving the needs of people with Print Disabilities by providing access to information and tools for greater independence in all areas of life, and supplies such devices as the Mountbatten Brailler, Jot a Dot and Tetrapoint, Braille displays and numerous low vision and educational products.
QBA is an independent voluntary organisation run by and for people who are blind in Queensland.
The Queensland Narrating Service (QNS) produces audio information, educational text and recreational reading material for people with a print disability.
The Queensland Vision Initiative Inc. (QVI) is an alliance of health care professionals working together with the aim of improving eye health for all Queenslanders.
Queensland radio for people with a print disability – turning print into sound.
Retina Australia is a voluntary organisation that provides scientific research and support to people and families affected by retinal degenerative diseases.
RNIB is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to people with sight loss, including accessible information services.
The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities facilitates and influences the production and use of quality alternative formats for people with a print disability.
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand’s main provider of sight loss services to blind and partially sighted people.
South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment – SPEVI – acts as the professional body in matters pertaining to the education of people with a vision impairment within the South Pacific region.
A listing of tactile and audio-tactile maps and atlases compiled by the Blind Readers website.
Blindness and low vision services Australia.