Vision and Hearing Impaired Access for A History of the World in 100 Objects

media release

Monday 10 October, 2016

Vision and Hearing Impaired Access for A History of the World in 100 Objects

National Museum Offers Suite of Disability Access Features for the First Time

For the first time in a major exhibition, the National Museum of Australia is offering a suite of special features for blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors to the “A History of the World in 100 Objects” exhibition from the British Museum.

Specially commissioned audio tours, with Auslan (Australian Sign Language) / Conexu video, braille label text and a Touch Table have been developed by the National Museum to help blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors get the most out of A History of the World in 100 Objects.

In its only east coast venue, A History of the World in 100 Objects uses items from around the globe to explore the last two million years of human history, sourcing the oldest objects from the British Museum’s collection and incorporating those from the present day.

From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the exhibition traces human experience through objects people have made, including a 1.6 metre tall Assyrian relief, the famous Assyrian clay Flood Tablet (from modern Iraq) inscribed with the story of a great flood and an Ark; and a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

National Museum director Dr Mathew Trinca said he was committed to greater disability access at the cultural institution.

“The National Museum is keen to ensure that blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors can enjoy exhibitions like A History of the World in 100 Objects, alongside other Australians,” said Dr Trinca.

National Museum Diversity and Wellbeing Support Officer (who is himself vision-impaired), Scott Grimley, said, “As technology makes it easier for people with a disability to access the world around them, the Museum is showing a commitment to include everyone in the exhibitions it provides.”

The National Museum is offering two audio tours, which are linked to Apps that can be downloaded on IPhones and Android devices.
Once downloaded, these Apps offer an Auslan video tour and audio descriptions of 19 objects featured in A History of the World in 100 Objects.

The 19 objects have Braille and large print identification numbers that can be accessed by blind, vision and hearing impaired visitors and then typed into the handheld devices, to trigger the audio or video tours.

Replica objects, including the Flood Tablet, several different Lewis Chessmen, the Astrolabe and the bust of Sophocles, that duplicate the sensory experience of touching the original objects in the exhibition, are available on a Touch Table.

www.nma.gov.au
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The National Museum of Australia is an Australian Government Agency For more information please contact Tracy Sutherland, (02) 6208 5338 / 0438 620 710 or media@nma.gov.au

Streaming of BCA Victoria State Forum

The Victoria state forum will be held at the Bayview on the Park Hotel, 52 Queens Road Melbourne, on Saturday 12th November 2016.

For the full details and program please visit the Victoria Forum page

Commencing at 9am (Vic time) the Convention will be streamed live. You can access the stream using one of the folloeing links below.

ACT Forum Streaming

From 12PM – 2PM on Saturday 23rd July Blind Citizens Australia and Blind Citizens NSW will be holding a forum in the ACT to talk about:

  • closer ties between BCA and BC NSW
  • possible future funding for information support, peer support and campaigns.

If you can’t be there in person, you can tune in using the links below. Have a question or comemnt on the day? Text 0407 308 706 to be heard!

Braille Music Camp 2016

A Camp for Braille readers who love music and want to learn, improve, transcribe or teach Braille music.

The 31st Camp will be held at Frensham, Range Road, Mittagong NSW 2575
From Saturday evening 25th June to breakfast Saturday 2nd July 2016

An Application form can be downloaded here: 2016 braille camp application form

For further details Contact:
Roma Dix,
11 Bourne Close
Mittagong NSW 2575
P: 02 48 711 086
M: 0432 466 882
E: romad@westnet.com.au

2016 Round Table Conference – Call for Papers

Call for Abstracts: 2016 Annual Conference
14-17 May 2016
Bayview on the Park,
52 Queens Road, Melbourne, Australia

Conference Theme:
Access and engagement with the marketplace of information, technologies and learning

Information access is important to all persons with print disabilities, and has many dimensions including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), facilities (libraries, agencies, educational institutions, government bodies) and modes of access (tablet, laptop, refreshable braille). The 2016 Conference will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for communication, learning and information access and creation.

Conference Aims

  • To share information about the latest developments in provision of accessible information
  • To provide and promote accessible information for people with print disabilities
  • To enhance dialogue between users and providers of accessible information
  • To promote and enhance collaborative partnerships and peer support networks
  • To showcase and workshop examples of best practice in the provision of accessible information and technology for children and adults with print disabilities
  • To explore policies, frameworks, supports and services provided for children and adults with print disabilities in work places, educational institutions and local communities

Suggested presentation topics

  • Legislation, policies, research and/or service delivery models that promote equitable information access for children and adults with print disabilities
  • Specialist and mainstream technology, including new and emerging technologies
  • Literacy development for children and adults with print disabilities
  • Provision and cataloguing of accessible information
  • Innovative strategies and practices in print accessibility
  • Recent developments in copyright, disability standards and Round Table guidelines
  • Issues relating to print disability in school, work and community contexts
  • Implications of policies, frameworks and activities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for Australians with print disabilities
  • Workshops demonstrating the creation of accessible documents, websites and/or graphical images

Types of presentations

  • Oral presentation of approximately 30 minutes (20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes for audience questions or discussion)
  • Panel presentation, with 10 minutes allocated to each presenter on the panel. Each panel session will include time for audience questions and discussion
  • Interactive workshop presentation of 60 or 90 minutes duration, providing opportunities for the active engagement of participants
  • Poster presentation that will be exhibited in a dedicated space for informal browsing, with opportunities for presenters to discuss their posters with Conference participants

Conference participants and presenters

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. Conference participants and presenters generally include the following:

  • Individuals with print disabilities, including people with vision impairment, learning disability and dyslexia
  • Disability service providers, including national and local government agencies, education and rehabilitation professionals, librarians, and web and technology developers
  • Consumer representative organisations
  • Publishers and accessible format producers

Closing date for Abstract submissions: 4 December 2015

Please complete and return the Round Table Abstract Submission Form to:
Frances Gentle
By Post: RIDBC Renwick Centre, 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, NSW 2151 Australia
By Email: frances.gentle@ridbc.org.au

For general information about the Conference, please contact:
Marjorie Hawkings, Administration Officer
By Email: admin@printdisability.org

Telephone: (03) 9010 6251 (for overseas calls: +61 3 9010 6251)