New Date: Braille Examination Techniques and Student Strategies

This workshop will explore all the practical elements of an examination in Braille from the various perspectives of the student, the producer and the teacher


  • Tuesday, 22 October, 2019
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE19BFM

Course Information

This is a one day course and will investigate the following:

Session 1 (9 - 12:30pm):

Attendees of the workshop will explore all the practical elements of an examination in Braille from the various perspectives of the student, the producer and the teacher: looking at the skills that need to be applied by the student and the methodologies essential to presenting accessible and equitable examinations in braille

Session 2 (1:30 - 5pm):

Attendees of the workshop will then proceed to explore the critical elements in the context of layout and content of any examination in braille such as:

  • Formatting of examinations in braille
  • Reasonable adjustments


Please bring your own brailler to participate in this course. Please email Carla Silveira if you are unable to bring a brailler:





Attending Braille Examination Techniques and Student Strategies will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.5,1.6,2.5,5.1,6.2,.6.3, 7.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


  • Josie Howse
    Josie Howse PSM
    Josie Howse (PSM) is the Manager of the Braille & Large Print Service within Disability, Learning and Support, NSW Department of Education. The team provides all texts and examinations in braille, large print and e-text to students with vision impairment in the government sector and is the largest producer of alternate format student textbooks and examinations in Australia. Josie has been working in the field of vision impairment since 1979 and has held a number of executive positions both nationally and state-wide as well as extensive experience in braille code development at an international level.  Josie was the editor of the “braille bible” for all vision teachers and support staff in Australia with the Unified English Braille Primer: Australian Edition, 2006 and co-editor of the more recent publication the Unified English Braille: Australian Training Manual, 2016. Josie has published in the British Journal of Vision Impairment (BJVI), is a peer reviewer in a number of journals, has presented in Germany, South Africa, Thailand, Fiji and New Zealand, has been listed annually in Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2007, was presented with a Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2007 and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities in 2012.  



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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