Exploring Communication Rich Curriculum Strategies for Learners who are Deafblind

Together we will explore ways to support learners with deafblindness in all educational settings.


  • Thursday, 21 September, 2017 - Friday, 22 September, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE17DBC

Course Information

Exploring Communication Rich Curriculum Strategies for Learners who are Deafblind
Together we will explore ways to support learners with deafblindness in all educational settings. We will discuss an overview of assessment strategies, that assist in creating communication, language and literacy opportunities throughout the school day. We will discuss guidelines for working with all children while sharing successful adaptations to educational programming and curriculum for the unique needs of learners who are deafblind. This will be accomplished through a variety of active ways, shared readings, hands on activities and discussions.

Please note that morning tea and lunch will be provided both days.

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Completing the Exploring Communication Rich Curriculum Strategies for Learners who are Deafblind will contribute to 14 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.6.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teachers Accreditation in NSW.


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    Lisa Jacobs
    Lisa A. Jacobs has been a teacher of children who are deafblind for over 30 years. She received her undergraduate from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in elementary and special education and her master’s degree in Deafblind/Multihandicapped Education from Boston College. Lisa designed and created a resource room at Elwyn Institutes and taught adult education courses. After moving to Boston, she has worked at Perkins School for the Blind for the last 30 years where she has been able to experience a variety of roles and responsibilities; vocational teacher, consultant and later coordinator for New England Center Deafblind Project, DB-LINK, Community programs serving infants in their homes and school contracts for learners who are deafblind. Lisa is a INSITE/VIISA model trainer. For the last two years, she has been the project coordinator for the Seeing Is Believing Projects in East Africa and Shanxi China, projects that helps to get children of all ages proper eye care and connecting them with the appropriate educational services.



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. A taxi fare between Sydney airport and the centre is approximately $110.00 each way. Alternatively, Shuttlbuz Airport Services (Phone: 1300 650 336) offers transfers at approximately $90 for a return ticket or $50 one way but bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. 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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