University of Edinburgh

Spheres of influence - Exploring the Role of the Teacher for Children with Visual Impairment (TVI) in Inclusive Future-Focused Schools

Presented on Monday, 23rd October 2017


The presenter, Chrissie Butler is a senior consultant in inclusive design and practice at CORE Education in New Zealand. As a specialist in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Chrissie has played a critical role in the New Zealand Ministry of Education's adoption of UDL and provides ongoing support for schools and government agencies in this area. Prior to working at CORE, Chrissie worked as a Resource Teacher of Vision at BLENNZ, the Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand. A highlight of Chrissie's 8 years at BLENNZ was the design and development of the BLENNZ Learning Library, the public digital library of teacher practice for families and teachers.

This half day seminar explored how TVIs can contribute to the inclusive design of new flexible learning environments and the inclusive practices within them. Illustrated with stories from New Zealand, the seminar related some of the challenges and opportunities these new spaces present and the potential of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a common approach to underpin inclusive practice.

Participants said:

"The presenter was excellent. It was also good to get new ideas and learn about the fantastic Blennz online learning library."


Target Audience

Teachers of the visually impaired, classroom assistants, educational psychologists, inclusive learning practitioners, etc.


Chrissie Butler, senior consultant in inclusive design and practice, CORE Education, New Zealand


10.10 am Setting the scene: Our role with children and young people with visual impairment and their families: what changes might we expect?

11.15 am In our role as TVIs, how can we influence teacher practice and the inclusive design of learning spaces?

12.00 pm In our role as TVIs, what influence can we have at a local, national and international level?

12.30 pm Course Summary