Menu

Education Today Logo


newsletter

Education Today Cover Browse Issue

Vic flagship language-learning disability program announced

News Image

Variety Victoria and Melbourne-based charity SHINE have announced a strategic partnership to deliver the inaugural Variety SHINE Intensive Program (VSIP) in 2018, to be held at Port Phillip Specialist School in Port Melbourne under the directorship of Dr Carl Parsons; the January program has been running for 16 years.

The multidisciplinary, evidence-based three-week long service provides intensive assessment, therapy and support for children aged 4-14 with Language Learning Disabilities (LLDs). 

Variety Victoria’s CEO, Janette Connolly, said the merger of Variety’s infrastructure and reach with SHINE’s unique program was a meeting of minds.
 
“Variety and SHINE have a great deal of crossover in terms our goals and objectives in supporting Victorian children,” Ms Connolly said.

SHINE has provided intensive opportunities for children with a range of disabilities to access high quality multidisciplinary team services at no cost to families for two decades. It also runs the largest clinical placement for postgraduate speech pathologists in Australia.
 
The charity prioritises students who are not funded by other federal or state programs, are under-funded or under- resourced, or who have known disabilities but have no services available to them.
 
SHINE’s Founder and Director, Andrew Fildes said it was an exciting new chapter in their journey.
 
“It has been an amazing ride after 20 years of building the foundation from scratch, from the early years in our family lounge room,” Mr Fildes said.
 
Applications for the VSIP 2018 are now open.


10 Dec 2017 | Sydney, NSW
World leader in education policy, Pasi Sahlberg, joins UNSW and Gonski Institute for Education News Image

World-renowned Finnish educator Dr Pasi Sahlberg has been appointed a Professor of Education at UNSW Sydney and will work with the University’s new interdisciplinary institute focussing on educational access and excellence, the Gonski Institute for Education. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Australian preschoolers to learn new languages with ELLA in 2018 News Image

About 60,000 preschool children in the year before school will use tablet devices to access ELLA to learn one of nine languages next year using a series of seven interactive apps per language. Read More

8 Dec 2017
UniSA research to identify how schools foster refugee student resilience News Image

Often refugees don’t arrive with much but what they do have in spades is resilience; that will form the centerpiece of a Uni SA initiative designed to play to refugee children's strengths. Read More

8 Dec 2017
Arts degree a guarantee for future employment News Image

There’s a lot of uncertainty about what work will look like in the future but one thing is for sure; employers will be looking for flexible, agile thinkers... which is leading to a new regard for degrees like arts. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Inspirational teachers’ day made better News Image

Ten extraordinary primary and secondary school teachers have received a nice surprise with their students, colleagues and community anointing them as the winners of the 2017 A Day Made Better Teaching Awards. Read More