- Day 1 of 2
Friday, 18 May, 2018 - Monday, 31 December, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Day 1 - Friday, 18 May, Day 2 - Friday, 29 June
This two day course is delivered through a mixed mode of delivery. It includes two days face to face, in between session course work and viewing some webinars.
The course is intended to provide participants with the skills and competencies required to assist them in supporting students who are blind or have low vision in their school.
This is a two day course and participants need to attend both days. There is also an option to complete this course via digital access. The face to face will be recorded and made available seven (7) days after each sessions. Participants will need to complete in between session activities.
Upon completion of this course the participants will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Introduction to Orientation and mobility
- Basic eye conditions
- Early braille literacy
- Curriculum adjustments
- The role of a teachers aide
- Understanding vision reports
- Building independence
- Legislation that guides access to the whole of school life on the same basis as their sighted peers.
Completing the Teachers aides supporting students who are blind or have low vision in your school course will contribute 15 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Sue has over 20 years experience as a paediatric orthoptist and in an academic role. She has taught widely in the areas of paediatric eye disease and vision surveillance and vision screening. She is currently the chief investigator on the project which is developing and implementing the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register.
Tricia has been awarded a NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship for her proposal to study the braille literacy skills of children who are braille or dual media users across Australia and New Zealand and compare these with sighted peers. The outcomes and recommendations that will come out of this research will be disseminated to others in the field through papers, conferences etc. This type of study has not been undertaken before and the information from it will be invaluable.
Venue: RIDBC Renwick Centre
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 TransportThere are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.
TrainsCityrail 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.
BusesThere 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.
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Sydney AirportSydney 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.
TaxisCompanies 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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