About Us

Pic of Ilka StaglinIlka Stäglin

Ilka Stäglin is the current chairperson of INBAF. She is also Director of Education at ChildVision since 2017, having formerly set up and managed the National Braille Production Centre at ChildVision since 2000. She has a keen interest in braille as a code and in teaching braille literacy at different levels. Ilka represents Ireland as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) since 2013.

 

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JIM CURRAN

Jim Curran is treasurer of INBAF. He is a Braille Tutor for the Birmingham Braille Course in Ireland since 2009 and one of the co-authors of the New Birmingham Braille Course. He was Industrial Supervisor of the Braille Unit in Arbour Hill Prison from 2004 to 2012 where he also taught braille and was responsible for the transcription of books and information documents for commercial businesses and all government departments. Jim currently works for Reading Services in ChildVision and in 2014 he updated the Birmingham Braille Course workbooks to UEB standard.

 

Lina KouziLina Kouzi

Lina Kouzi is the Library and Media Services Manager at NCBI. Lina manages the Library and accessible production services at NCBI (Braille, audio and Large print). Lina is the Secretary of INBAF and is currently involved in the development and implementation of the Unified Braille Code in Ireland.

 

 

 

Stuart LawlerStuart Lawler

Stuart Lawler is Business Development Manager at Sight and Sound Technology Limited, a UK-based Assistive Technology company, who opened an Irish office in September 2018. He is an avid Braille reader and uses it daily as part of his job. He has extensive expertise in the area of Assistive technology and is particularly interested in how Braille, alongside mainstream and assistive access solutions can be used together.

 

 

Pic of Greg FlanaganGreg Flanagan

Greg Flanagan is the current Work Training Officer in charge of the Braille Unit in Arbour Hill Prison where he teaches Braille and is responsible for the transcription of documents for commercial businesses and all government departments. He is also a Braille Tutor for the Birmingham Braille Course in Ireland. Having completed the Perkins repair course in Boston he is the only qualified repair man in Ireland.

 

 

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Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a Braille Transcriber in the NCBI Library and Media Centre. She produces non-commercial Braille and in 2015, completed the FETAC Level 5 ‘Learn Braille by sight’ course.

 

 

 

 

Pic of Derval HealyDerval Healy

Derval Healy is the Manager of Reading Services (formerly NBP) at ChildVision. Reading Services provides students with a registered visual impairment in the Republic of Ireland with transcriptions of their school textbooks, supports students using assistive technology and provides leisure reading and resource material through their library service. Derval is a fully qualified Braille transcriber with over fifteen years’ experience working with Braille and otheralternative formats. She chaired both the INBAF UEB Implementation Committee and the Technical Guidelines Committee and is a current member of the music working group.

 

 

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Rebecca Curtis

Rebecca Curtis is a Braille Transcriber and Daisy Book Producer in the NCBI Library and Media Centre. She produces non-commercial Braille and Twin Vision books. She completed the “Learn Braille by Sight” course in 2017.