- Monday, 4 March, 2019 - Tuesday, 5 March, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Australian early childhood professionals work in a range of settings with young children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, age levels and developmental abilities. The Australian Government Early Development Census (2018) identified a strong relationship between caring/supportive environments and optimal early childhood development, highlighting the essential nature of such environments for increasing children’s chances of successfully transitioning to school and achieving long-term education, employment and health outcomes. For young children with vision impairment, successful inclusion in early childhood settings and transition to school requires parents and professionals who are skilful in addressing the social, academic and developmental implications of vision impairment.
This two-day workshop provides professionals and parents with knowledge and practice in including children with vision impairment in early childhood settings. Topics will include early braille literacy and numeracy and resources production, technology options, orientation and mobility techniques, and strategies to promote inclusion in the day-to-day interactions, experiences, activities and routines that occur in home and early childhood settings. The workshop content will be linked with the Australian Government Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (2009), and the Expanded Core Curriculum areas addressed by Allman and Lewis (2014).
Completing The first five years: Inclusive practices for young children with vision impairment will contribute 14 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Parking Map: Please see the map below to find the best parking options. Please do not park in any reserved or vistors car spots.
Dr Frances Gentle
Dr Frances Gentle is a Conjoint Lecturer with the RIDBC Renwick Centre, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, in affiliation with Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle. She is also President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI; Immediate Past President of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI), and Convening Editor of the SPEVI journal. Frances has around 30 years of experience as an educator in the field of disability in Australia and internationally, with 20 years of specialisation in education of children with blindness and low vision.
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.
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.
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* 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 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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