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.