This two day workshop with Dr Karen Wolffe provided a career education model that encompasses the life of an individual who is blind or has vision impairment. She described how activities and content at each stage of the model prepare individuals for the next stage in life or career. Emphasis was on skill development from birth through early adult life.
The RIDBC Renwick Centre offers comprehensive e-Learning programs covering:
- Interactive Lectures
- Audio and Video Resources
- Downloads, Forums and Quizzes
Many of these resources are free to access, however some require registration.
To register, please click on the Register link at the bottom of the course description. Alternatively print off the Continuing Professional Education Course Registration Form (PDF 319KB) below. Fill it out and fax/post it to RIDBC Renwick Centre.
The most important purpose of assessment is to inform instruction. This two-day workshop focused on reading and writing assessment of students who have vision impairment, and how the results of these assessments can help teachers plan effective instruction. Whether the students are using print, braille, or are dual media readers, good assessment can help teachers pinpoint areas of strength and need for students for literacy instruction.
School aged children with hearing loss often experience a delay in their mastery of Spoken English. These children need to achieve the same developmental milestones in language as their hearing peers, often in a shortened time frame if they are to be successful in their personal lives and at school. This one hour recorded lecture introduces a process of teaching the complex essential structures and systems that are foundational to English within adult-directed teaching activities.
Poor classroom acoustics are an invisible barrier to learning for many students but particularly those with hearing loss, auditory processing deficits, and attention problems. Most young learners are also more vulnerable because their language capacity is not fully developed. This seminar will address the basic parameters of classroom acoustics (noise, reverberation, SNR, critical distance), review the American Academy of Audiology’s protocol for evaluating classroom acoustics, and identify
This presentation was recorded at a live workshop presented at RIDBC Renwick Centre in March, 2011. The presentation is suitable for educators and therapists supporting students with vision impairment. It focuses on the complexity of the visual system and aims to develop an understanding of visual dysfunction that occurs in conditions such as cortical vision impairment.Dr Lea Hyvarinen is a Finnish paediatric ophthalmologist.
This is an immersive, fun, hands on, experiential workshop, involving observation and application of a range of perceptual strategies of self direction in different environments throughout the community. We provide and demonstrate a comprehensive overview of using perception based, achievement oriented methodology to naturally foster the development of self direction, including perception, intentional discovery, mutual social engagement, and psycho-emotional processes.
The RIDBC Auslan Tutor is a portable video-based Australian Sign Language (Auslan) teaching resource developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. It is designed for families of young deaf children to assist them to learn Auslan and promote early communication between parent and child. Over 500 signs are included. These signs were carefully chosen as those most needed by families in their interactions with, and teaching of, their young deaf children.
To celebrate our 150th anniversary, RIDBC is created a free application giving you a chance to learn 150 key signs in Australian Sign Language (Auslan). RIDBC's Auslan Tutor: Key Signs can be downloaded free from the iTunes store.
A small number of resources are available here to assist you in learning more about vision impairment, strategies to consider when working with children with a vision impairment and adaptive technologies and instruments.
This web-site was created to mark the bicentenary of Louis Braille's birth - 4th of January, 2009. There are a range of resources available providing an overview of the history of braille and an introduction to the braille code. These include braille facts, nearly 20 minutes of videos, a crossword puzzle, 10 quiz questions, article reviews and links to other interesting web-sites (plus much more!).