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Out now: JSPEVI Journal, Vol 15, 1, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that the new Volume of the Journal of South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment is now available for free download from the JSPEVI webpage. Read great contributions from leaders in the field, project reports and other SPEVI News. Many thanks to all contributors, and congratulations to Convening Editor Dr Bronwen Scott.

Upcoming meetings SPEVI Communities of Practice

As part of SPEVI's aim to promote and facilitate the interchange of information and collaboration among educators, professionals, parent groups and the broader community concerning education and equal opportunity for persons with vision impairment, two SPEVI Communities of Practice (CoP) have been established. The next meeting of the SPEVI Early Intervention VI Community of Practice (EIVI CoP) will be on 23 March 2023. You are required to register in advance. Details can be found at Early Intervention VI.

SPEVI members only: discounted Professional Development events

If you are not a current member of SPEVI Inc., please join now and immediately benefit from the below member discounts for NextSense Continuing Professional Education (CPE) events and Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC, Victoria) professional learning (PL) events in 2023.

With thanks to NextSense and SVRC for supporting SPEVI’s aim of encouraging the highest standards in the educators of persons with vision impairment by promoting research and professional training for general and specialist teachers.

Member discounts for NextSense Continuing Professional Education

SPEVI Inc (Australia) continues to offer member discounts for NextSense Institute's Continuing Professional Education (CPE) events in 2023. Each SPEVI Inc. member is entitled to five discount event registrations for NextSense.

Members can register by visiting the NextSense Professional Development website
We recommend you to book early, as the SPEVI Inc. Committee of Management has set an upper limit of funds for the discount event registrations.

Please contact Trudy Smith, Manager of NextSense Institute CPE program, if you have any questions –

Member discounts for SVRC’s professional learning (PL) events

SPEVI Inc. (Australia) and Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC, Victoria) are partnering to offer SPEVI Inc members a 50% discount on the registration costs of five of the ten SVRC’s professional learning (PL) events in 2023.
This offer is for members of SPEVI Inc. only, and is limited to 5 events per member per year. The registration cost for most events is around $33.00 ('Teaching and Learning with braille music' workshop: $55).

For details about the events, please review the SVRC Professional Learning calendar on the SVRC website - Upcoming Events — Statewide Vision Resource Centre (

SVRC uses Eventbrite for their professional learning registrations.
If you are a current SPEVI Inc. member and want to benefit from this offer, please contact the SPEVI Secretary to request a promo code to register at the 50% reduced fee through Eventbrite.

If you have any queries regarding the registration process or the SVRC events, please email

2023 SPEVI Conference

If you missed the fantastic 2023 conference, or couldn’t attend all the sessions, the good news is that you can watch it all again! Recordings will be made available to registered participants. If you didn’t register, then you can purchase the recordings. Please contact Trudy Smith of NextSense Institute, at
Finally, a big thank you to the members of the conference organising committee, under the leadership of SPEVI NZ, Trudy Smith and her team of NextSense for hosting the conference, and the Exhibitors: Quantum Reading, Learning, Vision; NextSense, Macquarie University, Humanware, Braille Designs NZ, Blind Sports Australia, and Sonokids.

The South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI) is the major professional association for educators of students with vision impairments in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. SPEVI acts as the professional body in matters pertaining to the education and support of persons who are blind, have low vision, deaf-blindness, or additional disabilities.

SPEVI membership is open to professionals and parents/caregivers supporting children and adults with vision impairment, including general teachers and specialist teachers (vision impairment), allied health professionals, orientation mobility specialists and assistive technology consultants.

SPEVI is a dynamic organisation, actively working for its members. It is registered as an incorporated organisation in Australia (Registration Number INC9889733) and New Zealand.

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