SPEVI membership is open to professionals and parents supporting children and adults with vision impairment, including general and specialist teachers, allied health professionals, orientation mobility specialists, assistive technology consultants, school ancillary staff and volunteers, and students completing studies in vision impairment.
Thank you to all who took advantage of our free Membership drive which closed at the end of May 2018 and provides free membership until 31st May 2019, when the new biennium begins.
Membership fees cover the two-year period from 31st May 2019 to 31st May 2021. For those who join SPEVI between now and the 31st May 2019, membership will be extended until 31st May 2021 (the end of the biennium).
Membership fees for each of the three categories are listed below. Member benefits include discounted registration fees for the next SPEVI Conference in Adelaide, 12-15 January 2020 and access to the members-only email list. This list enables members to share information and resources and to seek input from other members.
Important SPEVI Aims can only be fulfilled with strong SPEVI membership. We encourage new and renewing members to participate in fulfilling the SPEVI Aims. Please spread the word to all Specialist Teachers Vision Impairment, parents, students, school volunteers and school ancillary staff and encourage them to become members of SPEVI.
Category 1 - General Member
$110.00 AU; Free for Pacific Islanders
This category of membership is open to educators, allied professionals and parents/caregivers who support and promote education for persons with vision impairment. Membership entitles members to discounted registration at SPEVI conferences and a single vote at meetings.
Category 2 - Qualified Specialist Teacher (Vision Impairment) plus Professional Learning
This category of membership is open to specialist teachers with tertiary qualifications in education of persons with vision impairment, and who complete a mandatory minimum requirement of 15 hours of professional learning in vision impairment every two years. Members are entitled to discounted registration at SPEVI conferences and a single vote a meetings.
Professional learning may include face-to-face or online lectures, workshops and courses, and engagement in accredited professional learning events. For information about mandatory professional learning requirements, please refer to the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders, and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership 2012; 2014) on the AITSL website.
- Please provide evidence of tertiary qualifications in education of students with vision impairment (e.g. copy of certificate, academic transcript).
- Members will be sent a SPEVI Record of Professional Learning in Vision Impairment, Application for Currency to complete and return by 31st May 2020. The record should detail the 15 hours of professional learning undertaken during the biennium. Upon verification by the SPEVI Membership Committee, a SPEVI Professional Learning Certificate will be provided.
Category 3 - Associate Membership
This category of membership is open to parents or caregivers of individuals with vision impairment, school ancillary staff and volunteers, and students completing studies in vision impairment. Associate membership entitles members to discounted registration at SPEVI conferences and a copy of SPEVI’s annual journal. Associate members are not entitled to vote at meetings.
Honorary Life Membership
Honorary life membership may be offered by the Committee of Management in recognition of a member’s outstanding contribution to the field of education of individuals with vision impairment.
For an overview of current SPEVI Life Members, please visit Current SPEVI Life Members