Our Support Skills Program is a specialised educational program for groups of eligible students in Years 4 to Year 10 who are blind or have low vision. Students are offered four to eight days per year of timetabled individualised or small-group instruction focused around the Expanded Core Curriculum.
The Support Skills Program provides a positive learning environment, which promotes inclusion while acknowledging the unique needs and learning styles of students who are blind or have low vision. It provides an opportunity for students to come together in positive association to learn, share and grow academically, socially and emotionally.
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 runs on Fridays during school terms. Teachers and other specialist staff are drawn from the Statewide Vision Resource Centre and external agencies including Guide Dogs Victoria and Vision Australia. Feedback from staff is provided to families and schools after each session.
Students will receive a personalised timetable for each day they attend. Subject areas may include:
- Assistive Technology
- Braille and Large Print Music
- Braille Maths and Tactual Graphics
- Creative Arts
- Independent Living Skills
- Orientation and Mobility
- Physical Education
- Research Skills
- Social and Communication Skills
- Vision Issues and Self-Advocacy
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!”