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South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI) Conference Reports

The SPEVI Conference was held in Adelaide from 12 - 15 January 2020.

Two teachers were sponsored by the Teachers Registration Board to participate in the conference and they subsequently provided the Board with reports detailing their conference experience.

You can read excerpts from the conference reports below. You can read the full reports by clicking on the name of the teacher.

Helen Nicholaou

“The conference provided many opportunities for delegates, like myself, to hear from local, national and international experts on VI education. The overwhelming focus of the whole SPEVI conference was the need to ‘not focus on the deficit’. For some educators, this requires a considerable mind-shift.

All students, including those with vision impairment, have a right to access a 21st-century education on an equitable basis to their peers, to become prepared to live in the 21st century.

I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to attend the SPEVI conference in January 2020 due to the generous sponsorship of the TRBSA.”

Jane Maidment

"It was a wonderful opportunity to network with and learn from specialist vision impairment educators and other service providers from around Australia and the world – New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Fiji in particular.

As an educator in a special unit within a mainstream setting it can be easy to lose sight of the ‘big picture’ of some of the specialisations within special education and just focus on those children in your care.

This opportunity has allowed me to broaden my understanding, reflect on my practice and begin to plan and consider the how, what and why of what I am doing within a much deeper context."