Living and learning with Assistive technology

This two day course will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from keynote presenters as well as break off into streams that focus on deaf hard of hearing students/clients, blind and low vision students/clients as well as those that switch users.


  • Monday, 5 November, 2018 - Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18ATS

Course Information

This two day course will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from keynote presenters as well as break off into streams that focus on deaf hard of hearing students/clients, blind and low vision students/clients as well as those that switch users.
Participants will gain an understanding on how to assess and choose appropriate technology for individuals as well as how to maximise the use of everyday technology to create access for students and clients and employees.

There will be an opportunity to have hands on with different types of equipment.








Completing Living and Learning with Assistive Technology will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, and 2.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


  • Michael Harrison
    Michael currently works for the NSW Department of Education in the Central West of NSW, Australia. He has held positions including; Complex Support Advisor - Sensory Programs, Assistant Principal- Hearing, Learning and Wellbeing Advisor and Disability Programs Consultant. Michael is a bilateral cochlear-implantee after receiving his second implant in December 2009. Michael is a great fan of making the most of a wide range of technology in supporting children with a hearing impairment. A self-proclaimed ‘geek’, he enjoys sharing his knowledge of technology with others and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around Australia and abroad including:
    • 2012 & 2014 – Spectronics: Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference, Gold Coast
    • 2013 – Workshops with the Tasmanian Education Department Teachers of the Deaf
    • 2014 - Critical Agendas – Teaching Students with Special Needs Conference, Sydney
    • 2014 & 2015 Learning Differences Convention Rosehill Gardens Race course
    • 2015 - NDIS National Conference - Apple’s Accessible iHouse
    • 2017 - ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) Florida, USA Conference
    • 2017 - Singapore Ministry of Education - Various workshops and presentations, Singapore.
    Michael is the author of iHear: Accessibility features of iOS and teaching hearing impaired students, and co-author of Accessibility at Home  - iBooks that are available via Apple’s iBookStore.  Apple Distinguished Educator Apple Accessibility Ambassador B Contemporary Music (1999) Southern Cross University Grad. Dip. Ed (2004) University of Wollongong M Special Education (sensory) (2007) Newcastle University



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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