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Quarterly Update

May 2013

Introduction to VI-ASD Course

A one-day course exploring strategies for supporting learners with VI-ASD is being held at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. Cost is £95. For more information visit

www.rnib.org.uk/pearscentre

Call: +44 24 7636 9500

or download information below:

Intro to VI-ASD Course

VI-ASD booking form

April 2013

Ballyland

Ballyland is an innovative computer program for young children with and without disabilities. Its aim is to promote the exploration of the computer keyboard and to support the development of touch-typing skills through a range of fun activities. Developed by Sonokids, please visit www.ballyland.com for more information and to support this project.

Steering Group Meeting

The steering group of MDVI Euronet will meet in Molfetta, Italy in April. The annual meetings review progress made on the various projects which members are involved in along with planning new co-operations. The meeting will receive updates on a number of EU Comenius projects including Step Up!, JOBS MDVI and Imagine MDVI. For more information, please visit:

Step UP! at www.step-up-comenius.eu

JOBS MDVI at http://www.jobsmdvi.org

Riga Resolution

Imagine MDVI at http:/imagine.sww-muenchen.de

January 2013

New Unit to be built in Ireland

The Department of Education in Ireland has agreed to fund the building of a new purpose built unit for young people with VI and additional disabilities. The unit will be built at Pobalscoil Rosmini, a community school with a long history of educating learners with a sight loss in a mainstream setting. Pobalscoil Rosmini is situated adjacent to the ChildVision campus. The total investment is over €500k which will fund two classrooms, each of around 70 sq m, a communal area for the teaching of living skills and accessible toilets. The unit will accommodate up to 12 young people.

Resources You May Find Useful!

140th Anniversary of the Strazdumuiza Residential School and Training Centre for Blind and Visually Impaired

Resolution signed at a seminar held to celebrate the above anniversary.

Adapted Physical Activity Workshop at Primary School for Children with VI, ChildVision

APA 1

 The learners and staff of the Primary School in Dublin were treated to a day of APA by two visiting teachers from the Center for Dovblindhed og Horetab, Aalborg, Denmark. Anders Martin Rundh and Mads Kopperholdt delivered a workshop as they were in Ireland to attend the European Congress of APA held in Killarney. "In contrast to physical therapies, APA is dedicated to the concepts of empowerment and ecological validity. This means that physical activity of participants is self-driven and targeted towards the mastery of excellence. APA includes, but is not limited to PE, sport, recreation and rehabilitation." For more information visit www.cdh.rn.dk and www.eufapa.eu .

Supporting Development of Literacy

Paths to Literacy - This is a joint Perkins - Texas School for VI initiative which shares information which will be helpful to educators supporting learners to develop literacy skills, including those with MDVI. Well done Perkins and Texas! Link to Pathways

Perkins Webinars

Perkins School in Boston have produced an extremely useful set of webinars for educators of learners with a visual impairment. These are available at www.perkins.org/resources/webinars

Sound and Picture Project

The Sound and Picture Project is an EU funded Comenius Project which aims to empower learners with MDVI through ICT and demonstrate how learning and teaching resources can be created using freeware. Visit its website at website at www.soundandpicture.eu.

Optic

Optimising the Inclusive Classroom (Optic) provides a useful set of resources to create a learning environment which is inclusive of those with a visual impairment. Visit www.optic-comenius.eu

MDVI Euronet Conference

On Monday and Tuesday, 27 and 28 June 2011, St Joseph’s in Dublin hosted the first MDVI Euronet Conference. The title of the conference was ‘The School for the Visually Impaired has Changed. Challenges for a New Generation’, which was inspired by a presentation by Mr Eberhard Fuchs, Head of Blindeninstitut, Wuerzburg, at the 2000 ICEVI European Conference in Cracow.

The conference addressed four themes:

Journeys to Inclusion From Across Europe
A Vision of MDVI Education
A Life Well Lived
Educating the Educators.

The conference was moderated by Dr Steve McCall (University of Birmingham) and facilitated by Dr Mike McLinden (University of Birmingham), Dr John Ravenscroft (University of Edinburgh) and Mr Iain Prain (former VP of the Royal Blind School).

The conference attracted 65 delegates from 11 different countries. Delegates listened to presentations on the importance of preserving the knowledge base of special schools, developments in special education in Finland, multisensory learning, the uniqueness of each leaner with MDVI with the importance of the ICF framework and the importance of the teacher as a professional enquirer. The final film produced by the MDVI Active project was also shown.

A key feature of the conference was four breakout sessions which allowed delegates to discuss questions related to the 4 themes.

For more information about the conference , together with the conference findings which were collated by Dr McCall, please visit the conference website at www.mdvi-conference.org.

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