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Lecturer, Vision Impairment, RIDBC Renwick Centre, Sydney
Doctor of Philosophy 2012                                                                                            Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) Honours (2006)                       Master of Special Education (1999)

Dr Frances Gentle has worked in the education and disability fields for almost 30 years. Frances spent 11 years with the St Edmund’s School for Students with Vision Impairments and Other Special Needs in Wahroonga, and supported staff and students with vision impairments in Catholic independent schools across NSW. Prior to that, she spent time in Japan where she established an English language program for adults suffering from severe vision impairment.

Currently, Frances is as an academic, teaching and researching in vision impairment at the RIDBC Renwick Centre in Sydney, where she coordinates postgraduate courses in the Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) and teaches professional courses in the education of children with vision impairments.

Frances is also the Pacific Chairperson, International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) and serves on a significant number of committees. Regularly featured in the media for her expertise and her work, among her many accolades she is a recipient of the Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literacy and Numeracy in NSW.