In this period of physical distancing which has resulted in many having to work, live and learn at home, there are many ways in which you can ensure that if you have a child or pupil who is blind or has low vision they are not disadvantaged by remote learning and support. This page contains videos from Melissa Fanshawe, an educator, researcher and parent. You'll also find a comprehensive list of suggested resources and services to help you and the young people in your care navigate remote learning and development.
Classroom Teachers Video
Specialist Teachers Video
Vision Australia Resources
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).
The accessible format team is operating as normal and is happy to assist students and families with any education and learning requirements in braille, e-text, tactual, audio and large print formats. We are also encouraging all clients to use our Personal Support service which offers free accessible formats for VA Library members. This service can be used for recreational reading and learning material (t & c’s apply for free service, but we will try to be as accommodating as possible). Examples of material that is eligible for the free Personal Support service include appliance instructions and manuals, music, recipe books, medical and legal documents, brochures and pamphlets, diagrams and maps, books, magazines and newspapers. We also provide accessible formats for commercial items such as bank statements, energy bills, council newsletters, menus and business cards. Student work is one of our specialty services and we do a lot of transcription for universities and schools. Please note that accessible format production for commercial and educational items is fee for service, which can be funded under the NDIS. For more information about our accessible formats, view our alternate format production page.