The Hungry Fingers way to tactile graphics: Simple tools for explaining complex problems

This workshop will explore notoriously difficult problem of introducing tactile graphics to young congenitally blind learners.


  • Friday, 4 May, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18HFW

Course Information

This workshop will explore notoriously difficult problem of introducing tactile graphics to young congenitally blind learners. The course will help teachers unpack the difficulties that young learners experience with tactile graphics, strategies that can be used to develop meaningful and enjoyable tactile graphics for young children and how meaningful contact with tactile graphics may increase a child’s understanding of difficult concepts, independence and confidence with spatial relations, orientation and mobility.


  • Professor Boguslaw Marek
    Prof. Boguslaw ‘Bob’ Marek. Ph.D. OBE is a Director of Services for Students with Special Needs at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and founder of HUNGRY FINGERS – a small organization developing educational resources for children with special needs. For the past twenty years, with his background in English and British qualifications in the area of education of children with special needs, Bob has focused on teaching English as a foreign language to students with a visual impairment and on introducing tactile graphics to totally blind learners. Having direct contact with children with a visual impairment as a part time teacher at the Laski School in Poland Bob has developed and tested a wide range of resources which are now used in several countries to help totally blind children understand difficult concepts based on visual experience and spatial relations. His workshops in the UK, Ireland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, UAE, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Samoa, Singapore, Palau, Japan and in Australia received very positive feedback from parents and teachers of children and students with a visual impairment. For his “English for the Blind” programme, Bob received The Order of the British Empire from HM Queen Elizabeth II.



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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