The DOM Specialist team has developed to a full complement of staff for the first time in 2016.
Ernie and Melanie, complete their Specialist DOM Credentials this year. This involved two years study and on the job apprenticeship, braille proficiency exam, two week long Massey Supporting O&M courses and four weeks Praxis (or blindfold work) also run via Massey University.
Next year they will complete their Diploma: Specialist Teaching credential, a credential they undergo alongside their RTV colleagues. This is a milestone for the team as they are the first to complete this rigorous training.
Another first this year also in partnership with Massey University was the first Fundamental ADL trial course for staff on the team and at Homai campus. Dr. Julia Budd, Nicola McDowell (RTV/DOM/ADL) and Gendy Ritzma (ADL Specialist) led this 4 day course on practical ADL skills.
Feedback was all extremely positive and will inform the building of the BLENNZ Curriculum delivery in the future.