Remote Learning and Development

As many schools and other facilities face extended or intermittent closures due to COVID-19, it’s important that parents and educators have the necessary knowledge and resource to ensure children who are blind or have low vision are not disadvantaged.

Vision Australia has compiled a range of resources including videos from educator, researcher and parent Melissa Fanshawe, available support services, government advice and free online resources to support parents and educators.

Useful Videos

For general classroom teachers

For specialist blindness and low vision teachers

For families of children who are blind or have low vision

Vision Australia Resources

Telehealth

Whether you are new to Vision Australia or an existing client, there’s a new and safe way for us to deliver services to families. Telehealth uses technology to conduct appointments with a Vision Australia service provider. For more information check here or contact your service provider.

Specialist Disability Support in School program (SDSS) (Queensland only)

Vision Australia has adapted to be able to continue to provide services remotely through Queensland’s SDSS program for eligible students. Please liaise with your school to determine if a referral form can be completed (more information and referral form available here).

Accessible Materials

Vision Australia’s Print Access service is available to support students and families to have educational material produced in accessible formats, including braille, e-text, tactual, audio and large print formats.

Vision Australia encourages all people to explore if they are eligible for the Personla Support Service, which will fund the productions of a certain amount of educational and recreational reading material into their format of choice.

The production of educational material in alternative formats can also be funded via an individual’s National Disability Insurance (NDIS) package.

You can find out more about the services Print Access offers online or contact them via phone on 1300 84 74 66 or email printaccess@visionaustralia.org.

Learning at home Resources

State education departments

Queensland

South Australia

New South Wales

Tasmania

ACT

Western Australia 

Victoria

Northern Territory

Online platform accessibility resources

Zoom

Google classroom                 

Blackboard

Apple iPad

BrailleNote Touch

General

Typing

 

Resources for educators

Resources for Families

Other online learning resources

Useful webinars:

Online books

Accessible Games