Victorian Deaf Education Institute
Welcome to the VDEI


The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) was established to enable excellence in deaf education throughout Victoria. Through VDEI, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to improving educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people from birth to adulthood.

In partnership with schools, universities, early childhood and deafness professionals, VDEI achieves this by:
  • Providing and delivering excellence in professional learning programs across the disciplines involved in deaf education;
  • Identifying the evidence for best practice in teaching and learning to support development throughout an individual's life cycle;
  • Enabling improved curriculum access and inclusion in learning for deaf students through innovation and technology based solutions; and
  • Contributing to a local and global learning community through strengthened networks for knowledge exchange and capacity building.
VDEI enables hundreds of professionals each year including mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf, audiologists, speech pathologists, psychologists, and speech and language support staff to have the opportunity to build their expertise in providing improved learning support to the 3800 Victorian children and young people with hearing loss.

VDEI is a world-class learning centre - a place where individuals and groups can connect, converse and access the resources necessary to learn and innovate for the advancement of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people from birth to 18 in Victoria.
Welcome to the VDEI
Upcoming Events​
<October 2014>
Friday, 24 October 2014
Next Events

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday, 10 November 2014

​Latest News + Updates
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calendarOct 24
Next VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminar
The next Early Years Twilight Seminar 2 – Babies and toddlers: Amazing learners seminar hosted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will be held on Wednesday 12 November 2014 from 5.30pm – 7.00pm.    Register online to attend Semi... read more
calendarOct 09
CASL Webinar (Now streamed at VDEI and recorded for access post presentation)
Webinar: Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL), Scoring and Interpretation (Now streamed at VDEI and recorded for access post presentation) Event Details This is a VDEI exclusive complimentary webinar with Angela Kinsella-Ritter, cons... read more
calendarOct 06
VDEI introduces Jamie Owen, new Learning Program General Manager
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Hi Jamie. Welcome to VDEI!  So we can introduce you to our stakeholders, can you tell us a bit about yourself?  Let’s start with a bit about your professional background Sure! I’m currently studying a Masters of Learning and Development. Prior to t... read more
calendarSep 22
Using sign language in early childhood education - by Dr Breda Carty
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It is ironic to many educators and deaf people to see the widespread interest in using ‘baby sign’ with hearing babies, when there is still confusion and apprehension about using sign language with deaf babies. Many researchers have now demonstrated... read more
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The VDEI Transition to Primary School (TIPS) project has just released Blue Bear Gets Ready for School, a children’s story book with Auslan translation.   Blue Bear wears hearing aids and he is about to start school!  Join Blue Bear as he experiences getting ready for school. Follow his antics as he rummages for his hearing aids, puts his school uniform on and then discovers he has the wrong shoes! This is a story that will endear readers to Blue Bear, particularly families with a child who i...