How the Masterclass works:
Each Masterclass will be offered live through a Zoom webinar from 12-1pm EST on the posted date. Ten days after each live event, a recording of the webinar will also be made available for you to watch via the Short Courses website. You will be notified via email for both the live event and when the recording is available to watch.
Topic: Being blind when the world is designed for those who can see; the importance of the Expanded Core Curriculum
Date: 6 March
21st Century classrooms are filled with posters, electronic whiteboards, timetables and multimedia presentations. This exciting display can capture important concepts and notices, and display them as a visual reminder for students. However, for students who are blind or have a vision impairment, access may be limited. This session discusses the Expanded Core Curriculum. What it is and why it is important for students with no or low vision. We discuss the barriers that prevent implementing the ECC in schools, including knowledge, time and advocacy.
Topic: The role of Social Skills in community participation, inclusion and employment
Date: 1 May
Social skills can be difficult for students with a vision impairment as they may not be able to see appropriate reactions of those around them. This session looks at some social skills that are important to foster from school age, to ensure our students have knowledge and skills to interact with their peers. We also discuss the use of social media for students with vision impairment and the use of technology to support this.
Topic: Toolbox of Technology: what is required for students who are blind or have a vision impairment to use problem solving skills and adaptive technology to access the curriculum
Date: 5 June
McLinden, Douglas, Cobb, Hewett & Ravenscroft (2016) talk about students with vision impairment ‘access to learning’ and ‘learning to access’. In this session we look at the difference between being giving students access to accessible documents and enabling them to have the skills to gain access through problem solving and adaptive technology.
Topic: How to effectively advocate in school, services and the community for your child with a vision impairment
Date: 7 August
This session will suit parents, teacher aides, teachers and advisory teachers as they advocate for services within schools and the community to truly include students with a vision impairment.
Topic: Hear my voice; the importance of self-advocacy for students who are blind or vision impaired
Date: 4 Sept
This session looks at ways at which we can equip students with a vision impairment to feel confident in raising access issues with teachers, technology departments and schools to enable equitable access.
Melissa Fanshawe is a lecturer in the School of Education at University of Southern Queensland. She has twenty years’ experience within Queensland schools as a teacher, advisory teacher, Deputy and Principal. Melissa is a trained teacher for students with vision impairment, gaining her Masters at RIDBC. She is currently completing her PhD in the field of Vision Impairment and enjoys her volunteer roles as an advisor to the board for Vision Australia, Vice-President for SPEVI and the Queensland convenor for the Australian Braille Authority. Melissa is passionate about teaching students with vision impairment the skills to be able to independently access quality education.
These are accessible and convenient to be viewed at any time. These sessions are presented by local staff at RIDBC, as well as national and international experts. If a course or webinar is accredited through either The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), formerly known as BOSTES, AG Bell or Audiology Australia, it will be indicated within the description of the webinar. If you are unsure and would like further information regarding accreditation, please contact Carla Silveira, Events and Administration Coordinator (email@example.com).
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