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  • Call for papers and reports, 2015 SPEVI journal
  • This year marks 15 years since the first SPEVI journal was rolled off the printing presses. The decision to produce the journal was made at the 1999 SPEVI Conference in Sydney (SPEVI changed its name from ANZAEVH during this conference). The inaugural Editorial Committee consisted of four well-respected Australian leaders in the field of vision impairment, Mike Steer, Paul Pagliano, Gillian Gale
    Monday, May 04, 2015

  • SPEVI Special Recognition and Tributes, 2014
  • The SPEVI Committee of Management wishes to recognise the significant contributions of the following individuals to the fields of vision impairment and disability during 2014. We also pay tribute to two individuals who passed away during 2014 - Paul Manning (New Zealand) and Frederick Miller (Fiji). Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014 Associate Professor Carolyn Palmer of Flinders University in
    Tuesday, January 06, 2015

  • Bionic eye trial 'really promising'
  • Dianne Ashworth had the opportunity to visit Melbourne in May, one of three patients, who are trialling an early prototype for a bionic eye. This was the first time that the three patients were able to test out the device while mobile. The trial was set up under controlled conditions with the patients navigating their way towards a target, numerous times with the target and starting point
    Sunday, November 23, 2014

  • Invitation to submit reports and news items for this year's issue of the SPEVI journal
  • Dear SPEVI members and colleagues     The JSPEVI Editorial Committee invites you to consider submitting a report or news item for this year’s ttssue of JSPEVI, the Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment.   The Committee plans to send the journal manuscript to the printers in late October, with print and electronic copies available in time for the Melbourne SPEVI
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • 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

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