Dialogue in the Dark – 1000 teachers to attend!

Dialogue in the Dark is now open and the Department of Education and Training is providing funding for 1000 teachers to attend. This is being implemented in three tiers:

  1. Visiting Teachers (Vision, Hearing or Health)
  2. Teachers of students who are blind or have low vision (in State, Catholic or Independent schools)
  3. Teachers from State funded schools and kindergartens

If you’re a VT who hasn’t been yet, get in touch with SVRC to find out how it works.

If you’re a teacher of a student who is blind or has low vision, simply register here for an account on the SVRC website. You can then undertake a one-hour learning package (do two half-hour modules in your own time) and after that you will receive a code to book your free entry to DiD at a time that suits you. The third tier will hear from us soon. This professional learning experience can be used as PD hours for your VIT requirements.

Dates for Your Diary

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • SVRC Swimming Carnival: 4 August – see below for more information
  • Low Vision Day PD: 15 August
  • SSP Cricket Day: 22 September
  • SVRC Expo: 28 November
  • SVRC Christmas Morning Tea: 6 December

See the calendar page for  more information and online registration.

Art PD in Bendigo

Art Teacher, Michael Donnelly, will be conducting his “Art for Students with Vision Impairments Professional Development seminar and hands-on workshop in regional Victoria.

Explore information on setting up or adjusting your art or classroom to better accommodate your students, issues of access to the visual arts, specialist techniques, budget options and opportunities for “hands-on” art making. Participants will explore works of art under blindfold, investigating the use of visual description, tactile diagrams and touch access. Learn about how Bendigo Art Gallery is making art more accessible to all visitors, including students with vision impairments.

When: Thursday 17 August from 9.30am to 4.00pm

Registration essential: Register Here

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.


Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 7 – Using Wifi

Garry is back with tutorial 7 – showing you how to use wifi on a Victor Reader Stream!

The Bulletin

The Bulletin is the Statewide Vision Resource Centre’s fortnightly newsletter.

The latest edition is here:
Issue 14, 2017 | or find our complete Bulletin archive here.

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Tactile Reading Conference

The Tactile Reading conference on braille and graphics for children and youth is now available online with video recordings of all sessions.

Click here for more info

What’s New in the SVRC Library?

We have over 2,500 titles in the Junior area including picture story books and books for primary-aged readers and over 1000 titles in the Senior area – so hopefully your student/child can find something they like to read!

Here are some of our newer titles available as Word files:

  • Magic School Bus #9 Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Weirdo 3 Extra Weird by Anh Do
  • The Legend of Kevin the Plumber by Scot Gardner
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio (see review below)

To request one of these books or anything else from the catalogue, please complete a request form which can be found here.

Visit our Alternative Format Catalogues page.

SVRC Swimming Carnival, 4 August 2017

The Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) is hosting a free Swimming Carnival for all eligible Victorian school-aged students with vision impairments on Friday, 4 August 2017 from 9:30am to 1pm at the Genazzano FCJ College Pool in Kew.

The pool is a 25m indoor heated pool with change facilities.

There will be events to cater for all participants: 12.5m kickboard events through to 50m events and novelty relays. The event was a big success last year and we hope that many can attend this year. Please contact Garry Stinchcombe if your child is interested in participating.

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Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 2: Physical Orientation

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Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 3: Orientation to the Keypad

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Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 4: Power, Pitch, Speed and Volume

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Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 5: The Bookshelf

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