This two day conference provides an opportunity for educators and related specialists to come together to share and discuss the education of children and students with vision loss. Presentations will focus on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, access and a range of issues related to student support.


  • Wednesday, 1 April, 2020 - Thursday, 31 December, 2020
    8:00 am - 12:00 am
Course Code:   CPE19VSC

Course Information

The VISCON 2019 Program is now available! Click this link to download the program!

This two day conference provides an opportunity for educators and related specialists to come together to share and discuss the education of children and students with a vision loss. Presentations will focus on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, access and a range of issues related to student support. Our keynote speakers include Dr Cay Holbrook, Dr Penny Rosenblum, Dr Kelly Lusk,
Dr Kay Ferrell, among other Australian and international presenters!







Attending VISCON 2019 will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 3.4.2, 3.5.2, 3.7.2, 4.1.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Attending VISCON 2019 will contribute 6.35 points of ACVREP COMS registered continuing education for Certified Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists towards COMS recertification.



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    Kay Ferrell
    Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Northern Colorado (UNC), currently appointed as Research Professor to direct a study investigating independent mealtime skills for infants with visual impairment and their families. Dr. Ferrell has taught individuals of all ages with visual and multiple disabilities and has written extensively for both parents and professionals. Her areas of specialization include the development and education of individuals with visual disabilities, particularly infants and preschoolers; personnel preparation; and distance education methodologies. She has authored articles, books, and monographs and has coordinated graduate programs in visual impairment, early childhood special education, and the doctoral program in special education at both UNC and at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is North American/Caribbean Chair of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment.  Ferrell is the recipient of many awards, from the University of Northern Colorado, professional associations, advocacy groups, and alumni organizations.
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    Penny Rosenblum
    Dr. Rosenblum is a Research Professor in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona where she joined the faculty in August 1999. Until Fall 2016 she prepared teachers to work with children with visual impairments (TVIs) and coordinated teacher preparation programs in Arizona and Nevada. In July 2016 Dr. Rosenblum became the Project Director for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) federal project,  AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics LiteracyThe aim of this project is to assist students with visual impairments learning pre-algebra concepts in building their skills at interpreting information presented in images (e.g., bar graphs, maps, diagrams). Previously she was the Project Director for the IES funded AnimalWatch Vi Suite. As a person with low vision, Dr. Rosenblum is able to share first-hand information with future teachers about the impact of a visual impairment on the lives of children and adults. Dr. Rosenblum has been a teacher of children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities for more than 30 years. She is especially interested graphics literacy, nondriving, braille literacy, and  in the social aspects of having a disability. She is the co-author of the 2000 Finding Wheels with Dr. Anne Corn. This curriculum is designed to assist adolescents with visual impairments to explore their options as nondrivers. Her and Dr. Corn are working on a much needed updated of this book that will be written for the traveler (those in high school or their early 20s) that will be available in late 2019 through the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. With staff at the American Printing House for the Blind she produced the video Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver’s Seat When You No Longer Drive and wrote the accompanying resource guide. She has published in journals, has written book chapters and curricula. Dr. Rosenblum has presented workshops in many states, several Canadian provinces, and at an early intervention conference in Doha, Qatar in April 2011.  In May 2014, she traveled to Australia where she presented workshops in three cities on a variety of topics including nondriving, supporting braille literacy of beginning and struggling braille readers, and social skills



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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