Blind and Low Vision Education Conference – Registrations now open!

DET's 2018 Blind and Low Vision Education Conference is on Tuesday 12th June - registrations are now open. This day will bring together Visiting Teachers and other professionals for a day of engaging, insightful and practical professional learning from leading state and national experts in blind and low vision education support. The conference is being generously hosted at Vision Australia’s centre in Kooyong and is being coordinated by the Statewide Vision Resource Centre. Attendance at this event is open to all professionals working in blind and low vision education (both within and outside DET). Registration is required and numbers are strictly limited. The registration cost is free for all participants, as it is being fully covered by the Department of Education and Training.

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Download the full conference information pack (PDF, 1mb)

Announcing New Dot Power Dates for 2018

Dot Power is the SVRC program for young children whose primary reading medium is braille.

Based around the Expanded Core Curriculum, Dot Power is designed to encourage students to get as much braille under their fingers as is possible in one day!

Eligible Victorian students from 4 years old (pre-school) to Year 3 are invited to participate in the SVRC Dot Power Program.

Prior to 2018, Dot Power has been a termly day at the SVRC, where students participate in group activities designed to offer opportunities to read and write braille. 1:1 assistance is provided as required. Each day features a theme: a postman delivering letters, a mother bird feeding its babies, pizza-making, braille music, the Paralympics etc.

Dot Power is also an extremely valuable learning opportunity for family members, ES staff and teachers to find out how best to include students who are blind in educational activities.

Read more about the Dot Power Program.

Support Skills Dates for 2018

Need to know which group comes in when? Well you can find out here! 

Upcoming Professional Learning at SVRC

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NDIS – The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS represents a landmark change in disability funding within Australia. It presents the opportunity for you to ensure that your child’s support needs are more fully funded with greater self-determination and choice. Its aim is to ensure that people with disabilities receive the necessary and essential funding to provide services to meet their specific needs, access to adaptive equipment, and increased participation in the wider community. It may also present parents and carers with increased support. The intention of the scheme is to address perceived gaps in disability funding and ensure that funds are directed where they are most needed.


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