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  • The Education of Laura Bridgman
  • In her time Laura Bridgman was the most famous woman in the world, apart from Queen Victoria, because - according to records - she was the first deafblind person to be educated. Born in 1829 she was a curious child who began to talk when she was around 18 months old. When she was 2 she suffered from scarlet fever which left her deaf, blind, and almost without a sense of taste and smell. Read
    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • SPEVI 2015 - 152 sleeps away
  • Melbourne is abuzz with preparations for the SPEVI Biennial Conference that will be hosted in Melbourne from 12-15th January 2015 at the Melbourne Conference and Training Centre. Talk on the street is dominated by rumours about the exploits of SPEVI Bear, the conference mascot, and whether or not he is winning the hearts and minds of Victoria’s educators.   The Conference Organising Committee
    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Psychologists discover babies recognise real-life objects from pictures as early as nine months
  • New research has been published that found babies begin to make connections between real objects and pictures before their first birthday. The study findings, from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of South Carolina, suggest that “…babies are capable of learning about the real world indirectly from picture books, at least those that have very realistic images like
    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Is Your Communication Style Passive, Aggressive, or Assertive?
  • In the post ‘As an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired, Is Your Communication Style Passive, Aggressive, or Assertive?’ Shannon Carollo discusses daily situations that provide the opportunity to assert one’s concerns, rights, or desires such as verbalising a request and giving an honest opinion. Three communication styles are explained: assertive communication, passive communication and
    Sunday, August 03, 2014

  • Google Glass and Telstra come to the help of the disabled
  • Although Google Glass is not yet available in Australia, the recent article Google Glass and Telstra come to the help of the disabled talks about how Telstra is exploring its potential to hand people with disabilities a new measure of independence. Kelly Schultz, who is 31-years-old and 97 per cent blind since birth, works for Telstra and is part of the trialling process and says that Glass has
    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Circle Time Ideas for Beginning Braille Readers
  • A recent post titled 'Circle Time Ideas for Beginning Braille Readers' on the Paths to Literacy website was submitted by Vanessa Walker who works with a 4-year-old girl in a mainstream setting who is totally blind. Vanessa talks about how circle time has been adapted for the child so that she is able to be an active participant and use individualised resources that meet her needs.
    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • SPEVI Committee of Management (COM) - Recent developments
  • Hi SPEVI Members This is an update on recent developments in the SPEVI Committee of Management (COM). Earlier this year Tim Crowe-Mai informed COM members that, for personal reasons, he would not be able to continue as SPEVI President. Sheila Klinger, who is Principal of SASVI (South Australian School for Vision Impaired), also indicated she would not continue as Treasurer. We therefore held a
    Monday, May 05, 2014

  • SPEVI's Gone Social
  • The SPEVI conference committee is excited to announce that they are now on Twitter and Facebook. If you use a screen reader, you may find the mobile sites for Twitter and Facebook less cluttered and easier to navigate than their desktop counterparts.   Some of iPhone apps that work extremely well with voiceover are: Twitterrific 5 for Twitter by The Iconfactory TweetList 4 for Twitter
    Monday, May 05, 2014

  • 12TH WBUAP Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest 2014 - Closes 15 May 2014.
  • Blind Citizens Australia has been appointed as the National Onkyo Selection Committee (NOSC) for Australia. The contest is sponsored by the Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and The Braille Mainichi in Japan, and is implemented by the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP). This is an annual project with cash prizes awarded to the best seven entries received with the main prize, “the Otsuki Prize” being $US
    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment Biennial Conference 2015
  • South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment Biennial Conference 2015 Together Towards Tomorrow Families & Professionals - A Vision for Success 12th - 15th January 2015, Melbourne Conference and Training Centre, Melbourne Call for Papers For all Information on the Call for Papers, please go to the dedicated webpage: Call for Papers Invitation We invite you to attend the 2015
    Sunday, April 06, 2014

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