Equal access to information and digital services

This course will provide participants with the necessary skills to achieve the highest standards in digital communications. This hands on course will enable participants to gain the skills and knowledge to create documents that are accessible to all people



  • Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - Monday, 3 December, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Information

This course will provide participants with the necessary skills to achieve the highest standards in digital communications. This hands on course will enable participants to gain the skills and knowledge to create documents that are accessible to all people. The course will include elements of the compliance and standards that all must be followed and implemented and how to design the one document that is accessible from the beginning.

The course will focus on creating accessible Word and PDF documents, accessible templates, electronic publishing formats as well as do it yourself captioning it will also so include strategies for graphs, charts and tables as well as how to make documents visually appealing and accessible.








Completing Equal access to information and digital services will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 2.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


  • Greg Alchin
    Greg Alchin is an inclusive design consultant and accessibility advocate with over 30 years experience across education, community and business sectors. Greg uses a powerful mix of personal experience, professional knowledge and practical strategies to empower:
    • individuals to be able and enabled to live, learn and work to the best of their ability.
    • organisations to create inclusive environments, content and services
    Building upon experience of his own visual disability, Greg is
    • Certified by Apple as a consultant on accessibility and education solutions,
    • Certified by Microsoft as a ‘Most Valued Professional’ – Accessibility.
    • Awarded post graduate qualifications in computer based learning as well as web accessibility compliance.
    • Accredited in conflict resolution and mediation.
    Greg has also received a string of international awards over the past 15 years for sharing his expertise, as a presenter, mentor, coach and content creator. These include the International Inspired Teacher Award (2005) and the New South Wales Premier’s Teachers Scholarship in Special Education (2011). Greg currently sits on the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board for the Asia Pacific Region supporting educators to create inclusive learning environments. Amongst his recent inclusive design initiatives, Greg has:
    1. Addressed the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on producing accessible  digital texts.
    2. Lead the development of NSW Department of Education Digital Inclusion Strategy,
    3. Published three books. He has two books on inclusive digital publishing,  ‘Inclusive Design for iBooks Author‘ and EPUB for Educators. He has  also co-authored a book on inclusive connected home environments titled ‘Accessibility at Home.’ All are available on the Apple iBookstore,
    4. Delivered keynotes on inclusive learning at Australia’s Future Schools Expo as well as Singapore’s E2Connect Conference. His presentation on Disruptive Innovations in Assistive Technology was also the strand spotlight at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) in Florida, USA.
    5. Supported the design and implementation of inclusive connected concept homes at the 11th Annual Blindness and Low Vision Conference (2014), the National Disability Insurance New World Conference (2015) and at the Singapore government’s Silver I.T Fest (2016)
    6. Designed the accessible  EPUB Masterclasses for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
    Contact Greg today, to find out how Alchin Consulting can work with you to clarify your needs and goals then identify intuitive innovative  strategies that focus on solutions, not problems.



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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