2020 Literacy Intensives

Due to the very high level of interest in the 2019 Literacy Intensive, we will be offering the course twice in 2020 for the first time!

The Literacy For All Intensive Course is a 5-day instructional course that covers theoretical and practical aspects of comprehensive literacy instruction for children and adults with disabilities, including complex communication needs. The course covers literacy teaching for both emergent and conventional readers and writers, assessment tools for a range of literacy learners and access to a number of practical resources through the course website.

The course is designed for anyone who wants to support one or more students with disabilities to improve their literacy skills, including teachers, leadership teams, therapists and parents.

About the Presenters

Jane Farrall is a speech pathologist and special educator passionate about literacy, AAC and assistive technology. With nearly 30 years of experience in the disability and assistive technology field, she has lots of practical experience working with people with a range of abilities. Jane has worked as a school and adult service based speech pathologist and literacy teacher. She has also worked as an assistive technology specialist and is currently working as an independent consultant in literacy, AAC and Assistive Technology, working with schools and organisations to implement comprehensive AAC and Literacy. Jane was the founder and coordinator of the Big Mouth Camp, a residential camp for children who use speech generating devices, their families, and carers. She also runs regular multi-day professional development workshops around Australia and internationally.

Sally Clendon is a speech-language therapist who is passionate about communication and literacy for individuals who use AAC. Sally completed her PhD in 2006 at the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since then Sally has held academic appointments in Australia and New Zealand, whilst also engaging in a variety of consulting work. Sally presents nationally and internationally and has worked with several schools across New Zealand to implement a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction for their students. Sally looks forward to sharing her passion for literacy and all that she has learned from working alongside teachers and students to ensure that ALL children have access to the communication and learning opportunities they need.

Tamworth NSW

Dates and Times: Monday 6th to Friday 10th July 2020 (Mon-Thur, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm)

Venue: Powerhouse Hotel by Rydges, 248 Armidale Road, Tamworth

Course registrations at eventbrite.com.au/e/82468035113

Travel - Tamworth is in regional New South Wales, approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane. QANTAS and Virgin both fly to Tamworth regularly from Sydney. Fly Corporate offers flights from Brisbane to Tamworth.

Accommodation - Accommodation is available onsite at the workshop venue. For those wishing to stay onsite, accommodation can be purchased directly. Please click on the link below and use the word "Powerhouse" in the Corporate ID field to receive a 10% discount on the best available rates at the time of booking -

Melbourne, Vic

Dates and Times: Monday 21st to Friday 25th September 2020 (Mon-Thur, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm)Venue: Belmore School, 49 Stroud Street, Balwyn  

Course registrations at eventbrite.com.au/e/82472031065

Travel: Belmore School is in Melbourne, approximately 15km from the city centre. The school is a short walk from a bus stop or parking is available in the streets around the school.

Melbourne can be accessed via train, plane or automobile!

Accommodation: There are a range of accommodation options close to Belmore School in Balwyn, Box Hill or Kew.

Please note: the final day of the course, Friday the 25th, is a public holiday in Victoria for the AFL Grand Final.

Cost: $1600. Includes morning tea, lunch and tea/coffee each day plus ongoing access to the course website for 12 months

For any questions about the course please contact Clare Dole on clare@janefarrall.com

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