Deafblindess: Unlocking Each Child’s Potential to Communicate and Learn

The 3 days training will provide professionals and families with an overview of deafblindness and focus on strategies to enable and enhance learning in children with deafblindness. The training will focus on building trusted relationship using touch which is the foundation for effective learning for children with deafblindness.

Details

  • Monday, 3 August, 2020 - Wednesday, 5 August, 2020
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE20DBC

Course Information

The 3 days training will provide professionals and families with an overview of deafblindness and focus on strategies to enable and enhance learning in children with deafblindness. The training will focus on building trusted relationship using touch which is the foundation for effective learning for children with deafblindness.

Sampada will assist professionals and families to consider strategies to support early communication and literacy in the home and school environment through the use of familiar routines. Information will be shared about planning learning experiences at home and school,  communication strategies/systems, and how to use calendars to develop various concepts.

Sampada will use video materials a and hands on activities in the workshop to promote learning experiences.

Presenter

  • Photo Sampada Shevde
    Sampada Shevde
    Sampada Shevde has worked in Special Education since 1997 and worked in schools and training programs throughout India. She currently works as the Director of Perkins India based in Mumbai. Perkins India is an implementing arm of Perkins International, USA that works towards human resource development, material development and development of educational services in the field of Visual Impairment and Additional Disabilities. Sampada has also worked as the Training Manager, Sense International (India), an organization that works to develop services, programmes and networks for persons with deafblindness, their families and professionals. She was the Principal of the Deafblind Section (School for Deafblind, Teacher Training Center, Vocational Training Unit and the Residential facility for Deafblind students),  at the Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind, Navi Mumbai from 2008-2011.  In 2019 Sampada was awarded the Anne Sullivan Macy Medal, which is presented by Perkins School for the Blind, USA to honour individuals for outstanding contributions to the deafblind community.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia

Description:

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.

Trains

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.

Buses

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.

Taxis

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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