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Positions Vacant

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

I am reaching out to the Round Table community to share an exciting new resourcing model that Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta will launch in 2018 to support our students with sensory impairment. Our Sensory Resourcing Hub will be an innovative approach to an integrated, wraparound service that will include targeted braille intervention for students through a telepractice mode of delivery.

We are seeking to recruit a leader who would be excited about the opportunity to join us in crafting this new resourcing model.  I am sharing with you the recruitment advertisement as well as the promotional video which we are using to attract interested candidates.

http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/position-details?PositionID=31e6820c-253c-4436-9529-ba28815735c9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3vO6xNX38o&feature=youtu.be

I would invite you to share these both with suitable leaders within your circle of contacts who may be interested in joining our leadership team, sharing their expertise and crafting contemporary braille pedagogy.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information.

Melanie Daignault – Manager – Student Services – Specialist Intervention
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
12 Victoria Road  (Locked Bag 4)
North Parramatta NSW 1750
M 0408 649 483
E mdaignault@parra.catholic.edu.au
www.parra.catholic.edu.au

Vision Australia

Looking for employment? Want to develop your skills in a fun learning environment?

Vision Australia, in collaboration with the Empowering Youth Initiative (EYI), is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting national employment skills program for youth, Building Stronger Futures.

Over the next 18 months, the programs will be delivered in various locations across Australia. The program involves a three week

face-to-face interactive skills development program, followed by job placement and problem solving assistance for six months.

During this time, you will receive:

  • Advice on career pathways and job seeking techniques
  • Cover letter and resume writing advice
  • Addressing employment issues specific to vision impairment
  • Interview skills development and coaching
  • Networking and matching your skills to an employer’s needs

If you are blind or have low vision, are aged between 15 and 24 years inclusive, are not currently in secondary education and are willing and motivated to gain employment then this program is for you.

Express your interest now:
Contact:        Belinda Wilson
Email:           Belinda.wilson@visionaustralia.org
Phone:          03 8378 1223
www.visionaustralia.org

Conferences and Events

2018 Round Table Conference

Saturday, 5 May to Tuesday, 8 May 2018 | Sydney | Venue TBC

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney. Further details to follow.

Of Interest

Eye Institute in India develops device to measure the field of vision of infants

An advanced device to measure the field of vision of infants has been developed by scientists at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad (India). The device, named pediatric perimeter, can be used to test the eyesight of infants between two and 12 months. Currently, there is no specific perimeter device to measure the field of vision in infants. As a result, most of the eye defects arising during infancy get detected only in adulthood.

The pediatric perimeter helps to measure the area of vision and also the reaction time of infants. The innovation was recently published in Translational Vision Science and Technology.

The device consists of a hemispherical dome fitted with LEDs in all directions which are controlled using a computer program. The infant is placed inside the dome in the lying down position. The baby’s eye and head movements when the LED is switched on randomly are monitored by an infrared camera mounted on the top of the dome. The test takes only 6-10 minutes .The reaction time (time taken for the infant to look at the LED after it is switched on) measured helps identifying infants with developmental delay — healthy infants react within 380 milliseconds and those with developmental delay took 663 milliseconds.

To measure the area of vision, the LED was switched along the dome starting from the left and right sides to the centre, and also from front to back. The infants gaze was monitored by the camera and the degree of eye movements along with the reaction time was calculated to identify visual field defects. Many neurological factors can cause impairments in the vision of an infant.

The device was validated using adults with normal vision and those with glaucoma and retinal defects.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/a-device-to-test-infants-field-of-vision/article19385285.ece

Get your entries in! – Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition closes 25 August 2017

Please note that entries for the Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition close in 26 days (25 August 2017).  We have been fortunate to secure sponsored prize money in every category ($350 first prize per category and $150 second prize per category) and winning entries will be published in the Braille House Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition 2017 publication in e-braille and embossed.  For more information visit http://braillehouse.org.au/dickinson-memorial-literary-competition-2017/ We look forward to receiving many entries.

A Revolution in Accessing Digital Tactile Graphics

Graphiti is a dynamic multilevel tactile touch display developed by Orbit Research for the American Printing House for the Blind. This revolutionary display was developed in conjunction with the Transforming Braille project.

Graphiti will allow students and adults to access a wide variety of on-screen graphics by touch. This includes pie charts, bar graphs, geometric forms, maps, floor-plans, flow-charts, line drawings, and dynamic graphical content.

Graphiti’s breakthrough technology allows graphics to be depicted by means of an array of variable-height pins. To change to the next graphic, the pins on the refreshable display move up and down to create a tactile representation of the graphic. Graphiti can display topographical maps and other features such as grey levels and colors.

For more information, visit http://www.aph.org/graphiti/

The Tactile Pictures Book Project

Now offers everyone the opportunity to request a free, customizable tactile picture book. They develop customizable, and inclusively designed tactile picture books for children, with direct input and collaboration from their families. You can request a book through an online form on the website: https://tactilepicturebooks.org

ICEVI publications

Round Table is a member of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). ICEVI is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with vision impairment. ICEVI Publications, including their newsletter, conference proceedings and “The Educator” magazine are available to Round Table members and can be downloaded from their website.