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Papers 2023 Conference

The second virtual SPEVI Conference, hosted by SPEVI New Zealand, took place from Wednesday, 18 - Friday, 20 January 2023.
The conference theme, 'Cultivating New Futures Together: Growth for Life' expressed the belief that we must work together to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. The Expanded Core Curriculum, as the body of knowledge and skills needed by all learners with vision impairment, was recognised as central to the development of learning and skills for life. This conference provided an exciting opportunity to use our collective voices, skills, and ideas to bring about new growth and learning.

SPEVI likes to thank 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 Conference Exhibitors: Quantum Reading, Learning, Vision; NextSense, Macquarie University, Humanware, Braille Designs NZ, Blind Sports Australia, and Sonokids. We thank Lena Karam for her assistance with the creation of this online repository.

Listed below are keynotes, plenary sessions, panel discussions, papers and posters that were presented at the conference, listed alphabetically on authors' names.
In the top menus, click on the name of the presentation you wish to view. Doing this will take you to the relevant section of the page where you can download the paper presentation, poster, or watch the video where available. Please use appropriate referencing. Published with authors' consent.

Keynote Presentations
Plenary Speakers
Panel Discussions


Holbrook, C.

Day 1: Keynote Presentation: Cultivating new futures together: Growth for life

Hamm, L.

Day 2: Keynote Presentation: Learning to see

Ravenscroft, J.

Day 3: Keynote Presentation: Inclusion is the cornerstone of education

Slides Inclusion is the cornerstone of education (pdf)

Kumatat, L.

Day 3 Plenary Session. Transition into Life: the world beyond school.
Chair: Dr Sue Spooner

Mosen, J.

Day 2 Plenary Session: Pacific Led Inclusive Development
Chair: Ben Clare.

Anderson, L., Duncan, S., Scott, B.

SPEVI Early Intervention Vision Impairment Community of Practice – Coming together to learn together in early intervention practice

Bamford, S.

An Inquiry into shared book reading experiences for ākonga (learner) with low vision in partnership with whānau (families)

Brassington, J., Wu, T.

Connect and Learn – promoting independent learning through technology


Buith, E., Mills, S.

F-words in resource teacher vision practice. We swear this works!

6 F-words

Cain, M., Fanshawe, M., Goodwin, P.

Shining a light on disparities to access: the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on learning for students with blindness and low vision in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (a SPEVI Inc funded project)

Shining a light on disparities to access

d'Apice, T.

Keeping Braille on the Agenda: The Braille Needs Assessment

Di Mattina, N., Bishop, T.

Exploring ways that Resource Teachers of Vision and O&M support a severe low vision braille learner into primary school – a collaborative approach

Fanshawe, M.

Vision Australia Certificates in Access Technology: Implementing a disability specific curriculum for students with blindness and low vision throughout Australia

Findlay, R., Andrew, A.

Technology: preventing the pitfalls

Technology: preventing the pitfalls

Gentle, F., Howse, J., Cashmore, C.

Examinations and certificates of competency in Unified English Braille (literary and mathematics)

Godfrey, J.

Educating blind students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) so they can work in STEM

Gough, A.

I hear what you see

Graham, R., Corlett, R.

Parent Perspectives on Engaging with Educators and Specialist Staff

Kaei, T., Kirata, T., Temango, B.

Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, providing inclusive and quality education for children who are blind or vision impaired in Kiribati

Kent, R., Maloney, D., Kaine, N.

Pilot Parents' Mentoring Programme

Parent Mentoring Program

Li, Y.

Exploring the assessment of fine motor skills in children with vision impairment

Maxwell, G., Meekins-Doherty, L., Silveira, S., Prain, M.

A challenging search – determining the prevalence of childhood deafblindness

Mosen, J., Page, A., Wasi, S., Vira, A.

The hopes and aspirations for education for children who are blind in Vanuatu

Pine, C.

Growing Together – Communication pathways and support for deafblind students in Queensland Schools

Ramella, B.

Improving Collaboration to Provide Accessible Instruction for Children with Cortical Vision Impairment

Richards, W.

Supporting learners with low vision to access music: technology solutions

Scott, B.

Developing Self-Determination Through Early Orientation and Mobility

Scott, B.

Remote Interventions with Children with Cerebral Vision Impairment

Silveira, S.

Introducing the Accessible Playground Project for People with Vision Impairment

Accessible Playground

Silveira, S., Prain, M.

Journey to a one stop shop – developing a national deafblind training portal

Wu, T., Oddoux, M., Angelier, M.

Maths, Music and Mobility using the new LEGO braille bricks

Panel Discussions:


Panel discussion topic: Technology.
Chair: Phia Damsma
Panelists: Chantelle Griffiths, William Wu, Stephen Bennett and Ben Clare.


Reducing geographic and disability barriers

Panel discussion topic: Reducing geographic and disability barriers.
Chair: Dr Sue Spooner
Panelists: Martine Abel-Williamson, Setareki Macanawai, Prof Cay Holbrook, and Dr Frances Gentle.

Partnerships and Collaboration

Panel Discussion Topic: Partnerships and Collaboration.
Chair: Dr Melissa Fanshawe
Panellists: Robyn Mckenzie, Dr Rebekah Graeme, Tricia d’Apice, Dr Jonathan Godfrey



Guide Connect - simple computing to build confidence and independence

Bressington, J., and Sloane, M.

Poster Guide Connect - simple computing to build confidence and independence

Contact lenses in albinism - Akonga Experience in Aotearoa

Simkin S.

Poster Contact lenses in albinism - Akonga Experience in Aotearoa

The cost of good outcomes: who pays for STEM accessibility?

Cracknell, P.

Poster The cost of good outcomes: who pays for STEM accessibility?