Education Support for Students with Low Vision

Our next PD is coming up in August - if you teach or support a student with low vision - registrations are now open.

Find out more here.

Goalball Give it a Go Day and Bring a Friend Day

From Tess Whelan, Secretary, Victorian Goalball Association

Are you trying to stay active this winter? Come and try Goalball it will keep you fit, warm and dry as it’s played indoors. Specifically designed for people who are blind or have low vision but enjoyed by all, Goalball is a team Paralympic team sport that tests your hearing, communication and problem solving skills. While the sport of Goalball is played in over 100 nations, Australian players Sam Byrne and Daniel Pritchard began and continue to play in Victorian local competitions.

If you have big dreams like Sam and Daniel than come down and try Goalball, You never know you might also get to meet these experienced players as well. Our Goalball Give a Go Day!!! (June 30th) and Bring a Friend Day (July 14th) will provide you with the chance to learn the game step by step and play in a safe and friendly environment.

Goalball Give a Go Day!!!

When:Saturday June 30th2018

June 30th– Session 1: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

June 30th– Session 2: 12:40 pm – 2:10 pm

Goalball Bring a Friend Day

When: Saturday July 14th2018

July 14th– Come & Try Session 10:30 am – 12 noon

July 14th– BBQ Lunch 12 noon – 1:00 pm

July 14th– Bring a Friend Day 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where (for both planned activities):Scotch College Junior School Gym. Entry 7, Corner of Callantina Road and Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Getting There: 10 minute walk from Kooyong train station (Glen Waverley line) or alternatively, Tram #16 Stop 68 (Callantina Road / Glenferrie Road)

Cost:Free for Come and Try Sessions – $5 for lunch. Drinks and chocolates available for $2 each.

What to wear: Runners, tracksuit pants, and a comfortable top. Please note, there are changing facilities available at the venue.

What to Bring: Water bottle, friends.

Who can attend: Open to all ages, abilities and all levels of sight

To help us ensure there is enough food to go around, register via the website at: will close 5 days prior to each event.

You will then be contacted to confirm your details and allocate you to a session. Please note: People who are playing in the one day competition: teams will be decided on the day.

For all other queries, please contact us at

Dates for Your Diary

Coming up at SVRC

Dot Power: 7 August, 11 September, 30 October, 13 November

Educational Support for Students who have Low Vision: Tuesday 14 August

Technology Expo: Tuesday 27 November

Christmas Morning Tea: Wednesday 5 December 

Check out our PD page for fliers and online registration here.

Ozzie Dots – New Books

We asked you how we could improve Ozzie Dots and we have listened to the suggestions that we received.

It is early days but staff at SVRC are in the throes of updating Ozzie Dots books! The 3rd edition will contain more choices of books per contraction(s), less unlearned contractions per book and (drum roll) – there may even be a few books of activities, games and puzzles thrown in!

Annoyingly it is rather a slow process that involves many staff as follows:

  1. write new books
  2. seek feedback and make the required edits
  3. illustrate new books
  4. seek feedback and make the required edits
  5. make sure the print copy matches the braille copy

We are very fortunate to have the very generous and continued significant input from braille enthusiast, Dr Gillian Gale AM, our Dot Power co-author.

The new books for the very first Ozzie Dots contraction, like(Set 1a books 1-11), are now available for braille readers who are starting out with contracted braille. The old books are still there and so is the humour, rhyme, Ozzie Dots family, opportunities for concept development and of course lots of excellent tactile diagrams. We have incorporated “do-braille” which is a favourite from the Dot Power Program along with braille re-reading activities. If you’d like to listen to “do-braille” in action, visit Braille Reading – Speed and Fluency.

There are now 11 titles in the Set 1a (like) collection including:

  1. I like my pets
  2. I like Slob. I like Annabel.
  3. I like fruit
  4. I like to bake
  5. I like pizza
  6. I like grass
  7. I like to draw
  8. I like to skate
  9. I like to make a mess
  10. Jo says (from the 2nd edition which includes unlearned contractions)
  11. Annabel my cat (from the 2nd edition which includes unlearned contractions)

We do not expect that students will need to read all 11 books from Set 1a to become braille-readers of like(the letter “l” by itself). Instead, Visiting Teachers can read the text (print or braille) of each book and select 2-3 titles for their beginning braille reader.

Once we are happy with like, we’ll make a start on can. But in the meantime, if you have feedback about any of the books in the Ozzie Dots collection, please email the Statewide Vision Resource Centre:

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Audio Described Circus Oz Performance of Precarious: Saturday 7 July

For more information about the show visit Circus Oz. Tactile tour from 5.30pm. Tickets from $35 to $50. Book via the Ticketek accessible seating hotline on 1300 665 915.

Feelix Library Membership for VTs, Teachers and School Librarians

Update from Toni Chilton, Feelix Library Liaison & Access … with correct email address!!!

 Visiting Teachers, Classroom Teachers and School Librarians can become members of the Vision Australia Feelix Library to borrow story kits to use with students who are blind or who have low vision?Each kit contains a print picture story book with clear braille overlay, (contracted and uncontracted version), a CD, small tactile handbook and materials to enhance the enjoyment and engagement of the blind/low vision student.

Membership and postage is free. For further information contact FeelixLibrary@visionaustralia.orgor phone 9864 9545 (Toni) or 9864 9546 (Louise).

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