- 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:
5 for Twitter by The Iconfactory
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
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
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
We invite you to
attend the 2015
Sunday, April 06, 2014
- Introducing the new co-editor Hi there! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jodie (Jo) Hoger and I am a new editor for our SPEVI blog sharing the role with Karen Gilligan. I work as a Teacher Consultant (vision impairment) at the TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute. I support students who are blind or vision impaired and their teachers. I am also totally blind.I am passionate about access to information, access technology
Sunday, March 16, 2014