Exploring Appropriate Programming for Students with Deafblindness

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

This 2 day presentation will build participants’ knowledge of the underlying impact of deafblindness in accessing essential environmental information needed for social engagement, incidental learning and communication development.  Topics include strategies and adjustments that support their students progress in the general curriculum and compensatory sensory skills.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • give examples of adjustments and strategies that would be appropriate for students with deafblindness they currently serve
  • cite effective online resources to for their educational teams to use in program development

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.


  • Robbie Blaha
    Robbie Blaha, M.Ed. has 45 years’ experience in the field of deafblindness as a classroom teacher, itinerant teacher and consultant. Robbie currently works on the Texas Deafblind Projects at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Tx. She is the author of Calendars for Students With Multiple Impairments Including Deafblindness and the co-author of Assessment of Deafblind Access to Manual Language Systems (ADAMLS) and Introduction to Sexuality Education for Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind and Significantly Developmentally Delayed.



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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