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

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  • Literacy and Learning Profile (BLV), version 4, 2022
    (d’Apice, Knight, & Gentle, Silveira, 2022, Version 4)
    Version 4 of the Literacy and Learning Profile is now available. This profile summarises information drawn from a range of sources that detail the student’s vision (section 1), literacy preferences and capabilities (section 2), the literacy and technology adjustments used by the student to access the curriculum and literacy activities (section 3), and recommended vision-specific adjustments to facilitate the student’s full and equitable inclusion in education (section 4). Version 4 includes five appendices which offer guidance in completing the profile.
  • Braille (?) Needs Assessment
    (d’Apice and Silveira, 2022)
    Recommending to families and professionals that a student’s learning access needs would be well met by becoming a braille user can be challenging. The Braille (?) Needs Assessment will help guide you, the student, their family and their supporting professionals when making this decision.
    The Braille (?) Needs Assessment summarises information about the student, and the main challenges they face in accessing print for sustained reading. As seen in the figure below, the BNA allows you to consider the student holistically including their diagnosis, their visual functioning, their current skills and also their preferences. Download information document Braille (?) Needs Assessment
  • Blindness and vision impairment toolkit
    The free, online Blindness and vision impairment toolkit from the Department of Education Queensland supports, specifically, students who are blind/have low vision and consists of three modules: Understanding blindness and vision impairment (BVI), Supporting students, and Eye conditions.

Masters Study

    • Master-of-Disability-Studies-Education-Blindness-Low-Vision-Specialisation. The Master of Disability Studies Education: Blindness/Low Vision specialisation is offered by NextSense Institute - Australia’s leading centre for research and professional studies in the field of education and service delivery for people with sensory disabilities - in affiliation with the Macquarie School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University Education.


    • Accessible Science Website with activities and resources for accessible science lessons in the categories Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Engineering and Technology, and Physical Science. Perkins eLearning.
    • Accessible UEB Online: Free, fully accessible, Unified English Braille (UEB) online literary and mathematics training programs. These programs are suitable for anyone who wants to learn braille, including families, educators and other professionals, government and education sector administrators and policy makers. Access options include visual mode for sighted people, high contrast mode for people with low vision, and non-visual mode for people who use a screen reader, with optional use of a refreshable braille display. Certificates of completion are available from NextSense for a small fee. Developed by NextSense, Sydney, Australia.
    • BLENNZ videos The public video collection of the Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) offers short videos about a wide range of interesting subjects relating to students with vision impairment.
    • EASI: US not for profit provider of online training on adaptive technology and how institutions can provide barrier-free computer and information technology systems for persons with disabilities. Podcasts, Webinars and Online Courses.
    • Emerald Education Systems: Online education and Low Vision rehabilitation courses, including by GN Dutton, Keynote speaker at the 2013 SPEVI conference. Some free, some for a fee, such as his course Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: A Practical Approach, about the causes of CVI, challenges a child with CVI is faced with daily, and intervention strategies for parents and teachers to help the child cope with CVI.
    • Mathematics Made Easy YouTube channel of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), with 30 instructional mathematics videos. Created for teacher training institutes, educators and families who support students with vision impairment to successfully participate and achieve in mathematics at primary and secondary school. Developed by ICEVI CEO, Dr M.N.G. Mani, and the International Advisory Committee of professionals in the field of mathematics and vision impairment.
    • Perkins eLearning Perkins Training and Educational Resources Program introduces webinars, presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. Comprehensive, accessible professional development on topics ranging from academic and vocational skills, to compensatory and adaptive skills, and beyond.
    • NextSense Institute: NextSense Institute is a centre for research and professional studies in the field of education of children with sensory disabilities. Online learning programs including interactive lectures, audio and video resources etc. Conferences, seminars and workshops available for teachers, therapists, professionals, and others who work with children with sensory impairments.
    • SVRC YouTube Channel Centre: Video Tutorials and Training videos by State Wide Vision resource Centre, Victoria (Australia). Varied subjects. For teachers, aides, and families connected to students with vision impairment.
    • Teaching Braille reading fluency.....virtually: American YouTube video to get an idea of how to teach Braille reading virtually and increase your student's skills. By Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D., CEO, TechVision, LLC.
    • TechVision: Both free and reasonably priced paid lessons as well as a blog on using excel, word and power point with screen readers along with some excellent tools for using refreshable braille displays, braillenotes and iDevices etc and more. For people who are blind or have low vision and sighted teachers, parents and other adults working with them.



Educational (e)Books, Documents and Websites