Secondary Mathematics workshop: Supporting Access & Inclusion for students with vision impairments

Together we will workshop strategies that cater to the challenges facing secondary Maths students with Vision Impairment and their teachers. We will investigate options for inclusion of students who use large print, screen readers and braille.


  • Wednesday, 11 November, 2020
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE20BVIM

Course Information

Together we will workshop strategies that cater to the challenges facing secondary Maths students with Vision Impairment and their teachers. We will investigate options for inclusion of students who use large print, screen readers and braille.

Resources for optimising accessibility shall be explored, including screen reader accessible Math editing software EquatIO & MathType for student and teacher use, Maths tips for Teachers of VI, from ‘Paths to Literacy’ website; and the Blennz Maths supplement to inform the stages at which braille concepts and symbols will need introduction. Scientific calculator options and practices will be addressed: Talking & Large Print calculators, handheld calculators (featuring the Orion TI 30XS talking calculator), software, app options and Braille note taker calculators. Graphing calculator software will be used for demonstrating print and audio graphs, and producing stencils for tactile graphs on the fly. Note: Graphics calculators are not approved for exam use in NSW.

The processes of overwriting Braille, methods for students correcting their answers, and teacher feedback modes will be up for discussion. Also for discussion, “What concepts do Math teachers need assistance with to convey meaning to students with VI?“, and which of the ICEVI ‘Maths made easy’ instructional videos” attend to these needs?

If possible, please bring a laptop, and/or iPad to the session, to experience the software and apps being demonstrated. Prior to the workshop, a list of programs recommended downloading before attending will be sent out to all attendees.

Please feel free to bring technology to share, e.g. a participant brought their braille calliper ruler to the workshop last year.


  • Charlie Roberts
    Charlie was a secondary Mathematics and Physical Education teacher for eleven years, then Vision Support teacher for the past fourteen years. Charlie was a teacher at the Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind (RVIB) school which became a Vision Australia school, and was a graduate of the Renwick Masters in Special Education (Vision Impairment) degree.  Charlie currently teachers Mathematics and Physical Education at the State-wide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) Support Skills program in Melbourne. Charlie looks forward to workshopping strategies to support primary and secondary school Mathematics inclusion for students with VI in the NSW education system.



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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