SVRC’s Expo – Experience the Future

Our Expo is on again this year – we have some exciting new technology for you to experience. Beacons for navigation, QR codes to assist people who are blind or vision impaired in independent navigation around our Expo space. 

28 November – 10am-2pm – put it in your diary! 

Check out our Expo page for full details

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 Expo: 28 November
  • SVRC Christmas Morning Tea: 6 December

See the calendar page for  more information and online registration.

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 18, 2017 | or find our complete Bulletin archive here.

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2017 Support Skills Try Day

From Garry Stinchcombe, Support Skills Program Coordinator
When: November 17th 2017, 9:30am to 1:15pm
Where: SVRC Donvale 370 Sprinvale Rd Donvale in the Ground of the Heatherwood School
Eligibility: Students who will be between Grade 4 and Year 10 in 2018, enrolled in a Victorian school and have been to EVAC.
What to do: Go to the SVRC website and under Education Programs locate the Support Skills information. Fill in the online form to register for the Try Day.
Closing date: Monday November 13 2017
For further information, please contact Garry Stinchcombe, Support Skills Program Coordinator on (03) 9841 0242 or email:

Learn More with SVRC Tutorials!

Our tutorials and quick guides are here to help you learn and expand on your knowledge of assistive  technology. 

Tutorials and Quick Guides

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Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 1: An Overview

Garry Stinchcombe takes a look at the Victor Reader Stream.

Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 2: Physical Orientation

Garry takes us on a tour of the physical orientation of the Victor Reader Stream. He looks at the various ports and buttons and shows how to change the battery.

Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 3: Orientation to the Keypad

In this video, SVRC’s Garry Stinchcombe guides us on a tour of the Victor Reader Stream’s keypad.

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

In this video, Garry goes through the powering on and off, as well as adjusting the speed, pitch and volume settings on the Victor Reader Stream New Generation.

Victor Reader Stream Tutorial 5: The Bookshelf

The bookshelf is how you navigate through the content on your Victor Reader Stream New Generation. In this tutorial – Garry shows you how.