[nobe-l] FREE UEB MATH & UEB Literacy online courses available.
dandrews at visi.com
Tue May 21 23:45:43 UTC 2019
>The FREE online training programs in UEB braille literacy and UEB
>mathematics can be accessed at
><https://uebonline.org/>https://uebonline.org/ and offer both free
>courses and paid certification options.
>FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
>Australian innovation to make mathematics more accessible to blind
>students across the globe
>In response to the growing need for STEM skills in Australia and
>overseas, RIDBC has today launched UEB Mathematics, an online course
>that enables teachers and parents to better support braille-using students.
>UEB Mathematics, an addition to the UEB Online e-learning platform,
>enables professionals and parents to understand and connect
>language, literacy and mathematics development in children with
>vision impairment, and to plan learning experiences that are
>inclusive of those children who use the medium of braille.
>An Australian innovation, UEB Online, the first e-learning braille
>course for professionals and parents, was launched in 2014 with a
>goal to increase braille literacy in Australia and globally. Since
>its inception, more than 18,000 people in 184 countries have taken
>part in the course.
>Now, the team behind UEB Online hope that increasing access to
>braille for mathematics will open up more STEM career opportunities
>for people with vision impairment in Australia and across the globe.
>Dr Frances Gentle, Lecturer at RIDBC Renwick who led the project to
>create UEB Online, says the new UEB mathematics training courses are
>designed to promote equitable access to STEM subjects for braille
>users. "Equitable educational opportunity for children who are blind
>requires teachers who understand the braille code and how to modify
>print-based activities in the classroom."
>"We want to enable students with blindness to continue studying
>mathematics into their senior school years and as a result, increase
>access to careers in STEM-related fields. Achieving this
>aspirational goal requires teachers and parents who understand
>Unified English Braille in literary and mathematical contexts."
>In her role as President of the International Council for English
>Braille, Dr Gentle says she has witnessed the positive educational
>impact when braille-using students have the support of people who
>understand their code. "It really helps when classroom teachers can
>read braille text but equally, when parents can use it," she said.
>"Knowledge of braille enables parents to share the joys of reading
>and writing with their child, whether it is assistance with
>homework, notes of encouragement or birthday cards in braille."
>Dr Gentle also says that the ability to read braille amongst the
>sighted community is essential. "It's critical that we increase the
>number of people who can use and read braille so that we can
>continue to teach it and ensure that children with blindness have
>equitable access to education and employment."
>Chris Rehn, Chief Executive at RIDBC, says that keeping Australia at
>the global forefront of service and technological innovation is an
>important goal for the organisation. "We are committed to providing
>the highest quality services and level of care for Australians with
>vision and hearing impairment, and innovations such as UEB
>Mathematics play a critical role in this.
>With mathematics identified as a vital skill for the future,
>ensuring students with vision impairment have equal access to
>education is crucial."
>The online training programs in braille literacy and mathematics can
>be accessed at <https://uebonline.org/>https://uebonline.org/ and
>offer both free courses and paid certification options.
>RIDBC is Australia's largest non-government provider of therapy,
>education, cochlear implant and diagnostic services for people with
>hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and
>their families, each year. Services are provided from 18 sites
>across Australia and through an outreach service that supports
>clients living in regional areas.
>RIDBC is a charity and relies heavily on fundraising and community
>support to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of
>children and adults with vision or hearing loss.
>For media enquiries, please contact:
>Director, Marketing and Communications
>Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
>T: (02) 9872 0304 | M: 0478 119 066
>Email: <mailto:linda.berrigan at ridbc.org.au>linda.berrigan at ridbc.org.au
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