History Of Speech Synthesis

This very intresting YouTube video on The History Of Speech Synthesis outlines the progress of Speech Synthesis.

Speech Synthesis is also used by people who are blind or vision impaired to have content when using computers voiced back to them.

Youtube Clip on the History Of Speech Synthesis

Australian Banknotes: Assisting People with Vision Impairment

Bulletin – March Quarter 2015
Australian Banknotes: Assisting People with Vision Impairment
Kylie Springer, Priya Subramanian and Terence Turton


A key function of the Reserve Bank is to design and produce banknotes that meet the needs of all sections of the community. The Bank has consulted a wide range of subject matter experts and stakeholders to ensure that the next generation of Australia’s banknotes reflects Australia’s cultural identity, is secure and remains functional. One aspect of functionality is that the banknotes are accessible to people with vision impairment. This article outlines the work the Bank has undertaken to meet the needs of the vision-impaired community, from the paper decimal banknote series that was issued in 1966 through to the forthcoming next generation series of banknotes.

Australian Banknotes: Assisting People with Vision Impairment – YouTube Clip

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presenting a very special inclusive children’s book to you and your organization. ‘SNIZZLY SNOUTS’ offers a unique reading experience for all. The children can read with their ears, see with their fingers and feel with their eyes!

This book with CD (Daisy/MP3 or standard audio) was published in 2014 by two sight loss organizations from different countries: NCBI (Ireland) and Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde (Belgium). The original Dutch version ‘RARE SNUITERS’ has been very successful in Belgium and the Netherlands. It has received several awards, including a prestigious ‘White Raven Special Mention’ from the International Youth Library (Munich).

‘SNIZZLY SNOUTS’ offers many educational possibilities for different ages (5-12). It is also a great Christmas present for children with or without reading disabilities.

How does ‘SNIZZLY SNOUTS’ work? This book is very attractive in a visual, tactile and auditive way. The different senses are engaged through tactile pictures, vivid contrasting colours, clear lettering, Braille and audio. Children with and without reading impairment can share their experiences and discover each other’s way of ‘seeing’. The Braille alphabet has also been included – it can be learned by sight or by touch, so that all readers can decode the hidden messages in the book.

The audio CD contains the poems and a verbal description of the whole book. But it also serves as a true GPS for the fingers, cleverly guiding listeners to explore the pictures. In this way, all children learn playfully to broaden their experience of life. See for a demo!

We get lots of lovely feedback from all kinds of readers: blind, sighted, partially sighted and deafblind children and parents, dyslexic children, teachers from regular and special schools, book and poetry lovers… Children with autism spectrum disorder are also fond of the book. (Read some reactions at the bottom of this post.)

NCBI and Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde are selling this unique, non-commercial publication at cost price: 29,95 euro. You can order ‘SNIZZLY SNOUTS’ from the NCBI webshop

For more information, see www.snizzlysnouts.com

A French and a Dutch version are also available: see www.binettesbizarres.com


Please feel welcome to ask us any questions!

Kind regards,

Lina Kouzi
NCBI, Ireland

Jan Dewitte (author of the book)
Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde – Solidarity in Sight, Belgium

Introducing CAVI’s brand new Employment course

Are you a job seeker or thinking about looking for work? If so, CAVI’s brand new employment course may be just the help you need.

This course is no ordinary employment course. We understand that there is more to getting a job than your resume, cover letter, and interview.

This course is taught by blind people who have been successful in both specialty blindness and mainstream employment. The course will run for 8-10 weeks depending on student needs and will include the following topics and activities:

  • Motivations for work
  • The three traits we have found make getting a job much easier and how to develop these
  • Basic skills and knowledge to put in place when beginning a job search including networking and problem solving
  • The job search
  • Writing easy attractive resumes and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills including how to help put employers at ease
  • A mock interview from real hiring personnel through leadership WA as well as feedback on resumes and cover letters
  • Discussions on transitioning into the workplace including fitness, sleep, and socialization

This course will be delivered online and will meet once a week for approximately 2 hours starting in February 2015.

The cost is $100. As with all courses run by the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired you will also gain access to a community of students and instructors to network with, even after you have graduated.

If you would like more information or to apply please visit CISCO Employment Course info

In conversation with Minister Fifield

Assistant Minister for Social Services and  Manager of Government Business in the Senate, Minisiter Fifield tells Chair of Australian Federation of Disability Organisations Margherita Coppolino about the NDIS and his plans to make it the best it can be. 

Watch the video