Training, Courses and Educational Information

On this webpage you will find links to eLearning courses online, to instructional videos and podcasts, and to documents about educational strategies and projects.




Educational documents and websites

  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Website: Published by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Developing resource for research articles, books, websites, blogs, strategies and support for parents, teachers, university faculty and students about CVI.
  • CPR and Fist Aid skills excursion for students with vision impairment Report from Maitland Muswellbrook Vision Team (Debra Goodsir, Itinerant Support Teacher Vision).
  • CVI Scotland New website on Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). Includes first-hand accounts from both people who have CVI, and the parents of children with CVI. The information has been written by parents, but with support and advice from multiple professionals including ophthalmologists (eye surgeons), scientists and highly experienced specialist teachers of the visually impaired. CVI expert Professor Gordon Dutton is advisor on the team.
  • Dandy hands: Strategies that facilitate the development of hand function for blind and deaf-blind babies. Links to Word document with resource created by M. and M. Tellefson (2008) for the website of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • Disorders of vision in children: a guide for teachers and carers : Chapter Four: Educating visually impaired children. Motivation for learning, Creating an optimum environment, Materials which aid functional vision, Specialist technology, Training in the use of functional vision. Published by the Scottish Sensory Centre.
  • Website for teachers of the vision impaired and orientation and mobility specialists serving infants and toddlers with vision impairments (early intervention visual impairment (EIVI) professionals). Provides resources to inform practice, including intervention ideas. Illinois State University/US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.
  • Flash Sonar: Echolocation technique taught by US mobility expert Daniel Kish. According to Daniel Kish, people who are blind can derive dynamic images not from light, but from sound. Sonar calls are sent out actively for the purpose of soliciting information in a directed, intentional fashion. The environment may be said to respond to these calls with information in an interactive process (echoes).
  • Handy Hints for Teaching: Selection of entries submitted for SPEVI Competition. Compiled and edited by Phia Damsma for SPEVI.
  • ImPAct MDVI: Activity based intervention. The ImPact MDVI project developed a holistic teaching approach for teachers working with children with Multiple Disabilities and a Visual Impairment (MDVI). The project has arisen out of a recognition that models of teacher preparation in the area of severe and profound special needs often lack an overall vision and strategy to achieve identified goals. The project responds to the needs and rights of children with MDVI which is to participate and be active within natural environments. Support material: the 5-step model. MDVI Euronet project.
  • Independent Living Guidelines: These guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education (USA)are provided by grade level (competencies students should acquire exiting preschool, second grade, fourth grade, elementary, middle school, tenth grade, and twelfth grade); there are also assessment tools in Excel spreadsheets and resources.
  • Learning-Media-Profile-V3-2017 (Word 97)d’Apice, Knight, & Gentle, 2017, September, Version 3). Version 3 of the Learning Media Profile is now available. The Learning Media Profile summarises the educational implications of a student’s assessed eye health and her engagement with literacy formats and technology. The Profile, together with the Supplementary file, offer guidance to the student’s educational team on how to implement strategies and programs that are responsive to the student’s strengths and needs and take into account current advances in information and communication technologies. There's also a version of the Learning Media Profile V3 with checkboxesThe Profile is accompanied by the Learning-Media-Profile-Supplementary-V3-2017 (Word 97), that will assist you in completing Profiles for your students with vision impairment.
  • Literacy and Children with CVI Section of Paths to Literacy website focusing on literacy and children with CVI. Written by Diane Sheline, it includes an overview and implications for each phase, guidelines for modifying books for children in each phase, tips on adapting books, and 8 sample books.
  • Low vision aids and technology: A guide: Free booklet (pdf-file) is the third in the series from The Macular Degeneration Foundation (MDF) Australia, following ‘Low Vision, A Guide’, and ‘Family, Friend & Carer, a Guide’. You can also order a free copy by phoning MDF toll-free on 1800 111 709.
  • Resource for Equitable Access to Libraries (REAL): Training resource for Public Library Customer Service Staff (Victoria, Australia). Includes a section on print disability.
  • Sociability: social media for people with a disability review For people with a disability, social media websites and applications have their own barriers. The ‘Sociability: social media for people with a disability review’ was done by Media Access Australia (2011). Australia’s most popular social media tools were tested for their accessibility. Users with disabilities then contributed their tips and tricks on how to overcome each social network’s inaccessible features. From the website you can download the full report, or access the subpages with the Sociability guides to each social media: Facebook, Twitter.
  • Sound and Picture (MDVI): Project around education of children with Multiple Disabilities and Vision Impairment (MDVI). Many are pre/non-verbal or have severe receptive and expressive communicative difficulties sometimes leading to withdrawal or using challenging behaviour as a means of communication. This project has two aims: To empower educators in MDVI by developing modes of communication for these children. And to empower and enable children to play a more active role in their own learning. Comenius Lifelong Learning Programme (EU).
  • Source: International online resource centre on disability and inclusion. Primarily intended for use by practitioners and academics. Books, journals, manuals, toolkits, reports, posters, audiovisual materials, websites and organisations. Many materials are from developing countries and include both published and unpublished literature not readily available elsewhere.
  • Teaching and Assessment Strategies for Students with Vision Impairment or Blindness: Fact Sheet with information and embedded links to further sources. The impact of vision impairment on learning at university, communicating with students with vision impairment, teaching students with vision impairment, assessment strategies. From Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training.
  • Teaching students with sensory impairments: Strategies for mainstream teachers. This project is the result of an international, collaborative effort among educators in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, who work with students with vision or hearing impairments. A resource for professionals, parents, and university students involved in fully including students with sensory impairments in our educational systems.
  • The Effects of Thin-Ideal Internalization, Body Surveillance and Self-Silencing on the Eating Attitudes of Women with Vision Impairment_2015 Research thesis investigating body image concerns and disordered eating attitudes in women with Vision Impairment (VI), by Alexandra Jane Page, towards her studies in the B. Psych Sciences (Honours) program at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney.
  • The Multisensory Handbook: A guide for children and adults with sensory learning disabilities (Paperback). Author: Paul Pagliano. Publisher: Taylor and Francis.
  • Touching maths: (ToMat) is a European Comenius school partnership which started in September 2010. The topic is maths education for braille users integrated in mainstream secondary schools. For two years, the six project partners (from Norway, The Netherlands, France, Estonia, Germany and Belgium) visited each other's schools and institutions to learn more about how braille students do maths. Findings, tips, tricks and advice for braille students, mainstream maths teachers, itinerant teachers and producers of tactile drawings.
  • Understanding vision impairment – Cortical Visual Impairment: iBook by Rosa Wright. The primary purpose of this iBook is to provide parents with key information about Cortical Visual Impairment (also known as Cerebral Visual Impairment or CVI). Photos and videos assist in demonstrating key points. Published by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). The iBook costs AUD $4.99 from the iTunes Store, but all families with a child with CVI on ELP(VI) of the RIDBC are entitled to it for free.
  • Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: The latest book by Gordon Dutton on CVI, [Kindle Edition] from Amazon Australia. An alternative source is the publishers, AFB Press.
  • WonderBaby.orgWebsite dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Primarily an online resource for parents of young children with visual impairments as well as multiple disabilities, but a lot of vision support teachers and professionals find the website helpful too. Funded by Perkins School for the Blind.