SVRC Support Skills Program

See┬áthis year’s Support Skills dates.

The Statewide Vision Resource offers educational programs which focus on the Expanded Core Curriculum, the additional skills and strategies required by students with vision impairments in order to access the regular curriculum (Core Curriculum) and participate in school life and beyond along with their sighted peers.

Conducted at the SVRC on Fridays, groups of students are offered four to eight days per year of timetabled individualised or small-group instruction.

Eligible students between Grade 4 and Year 10 from government, Catholic and independent schools in the Melbourne metropolitan area AND rural/regional Victoria are welcome to attend.

The Support Skills Program provides a positive learning environment which promotes inclusion while acknowledging the unique needs and learning style of people who are blind or have low vision.

Teachers and other specialist staff are drawn from the Statewide Vision Resource Centre and external agencies including Guide Dogs Victoria, Humanware and Vision Australia.

The Support Skills Program does not seek to replace the role of the Visiting Teacher or local school but rather to enhance and build on specific needs not easily addressed in the local school setting.

The program provides an opportunity for students to come together in positive association to learn, share and grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Feedback is provided to families and schools after each session.

Subject areas include:

  • daily living skills
  • braille
  • braille music and group music
  • braille maths
  • career education
  • creative arts
  • research skills
  • orientation and mobility
  • PE, sport and recreation
  • social and communication skills
  • tactile graphics
  • technology
  • vision issues

From a parent: “Support Skills has been like sunshine and rainbows on a rainy day when it has popped up on the calendar. You and your wonderful staff have again presented a brilliant, relevant, enjoyable program!”

See more information about the SVRC Support Skills Program within the context of the Statewide Vision Resource Centre or an expression of interest form.