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This event has been transformed into an interactive online course! Mainstream teachers will benefit from this one-day workshop by gaining a deeper understanding of the characteristics and learning needs of students who are blind or have low vision. They will also gain a heightened awareness of the important role teachers can play in improving the educational outcomes of students who are blind or have low vision. Suggested practical classroom measures will be augmented by exploration of wider perspectives that include the issues of literacy development, the use of technology and the opportunities for the students’ social inclusion both in and out of class.
The initial 10 sessions will be offered live from 3:15-4:30pm AEDT each Tuesday, providing opportunities for learning and discussion. The sessions will include pre-recorded content, live presentations and additional readings and videos to extend learning between sessions. Participants have the opportunity to inform future presentations through a discussion forum that will run until November 1, and content will continue to be presented as required. We anticipate this course becoming your 'go to' advice portal as you support students who are blind or have low vision in your classroom in 2022.
The program is offered as follows:
Session 1: Introduction to Vision and Vision Impairment
This presentation provided an overview of the anatomy of the eye and discuss a range of eye conditions. Advice about reading eye reports was shared. Additional content about individual eye conditions is provided.
Session 2: Classroom adjustments
This presentation provided advice and strategies to support students who are blind or have low vision in the classroom. Additional content about educational inclusion for students is provided.
Session 3: Orientation and Mobility
This interactive session will provide opportunities to consider classroom set up and guide techniques with presenters from Guide Dogs NSW.
Session 4: Alternate Format Materials
This presentation will provide advice about the alternate format production techniques you can use to support your student, and the materials you can access.
Session 5: Technology and key considerations for blind students
This presentation will share strategies and classroom considerations for students who are blind. If your student has low vision you are welcome to join this session, or wait for the content in next week's presentation!
Session 6: Technology and key considerations for students who have low vision
This presentation will share strategies and classroom considerations for students who have low vision. If your student is blind you are welcome to join this session, or you can use the week to review the earlier content.
Session 7: Learning from the students
This content is a pre-recorded discussion with 4 young adults who are blind or have low vision sharing their perspective of school and advice they have for teachers. We will also share podcast links for the NextSense Institute Podcast of episodes that are relevant to this topic. This may be content you'd like to share with your students for ongoing discussion.
Session 8:Access Technology
This presentation will provide a range of pre-recorded content about the range of access technology tools that will support student engagement. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of our Access Technology expert during this session.