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.
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Have you registered for VDEI's next workshop?
Teachers and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing students are invited to 'A developmental program for the mastery of English syntax for school-aged children with hearing impairment' presented by Alan Kelly at VDEI next Monday 8 Septe... read more
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Sign bilingualism workshops at VDEI – 28 and 29 August 2014
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Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark presented ‘It's All In Their Hands - Supporting Signing Deaf Children to Read’ at VDEI on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August.    The workshop drew on contemporary research, used footage of deaf children reading to ... read more
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The Transition to Primary School (TIPS) Kit is now in five languages
The Transition to Primary School Kit can now be downloaded in five languages: Arabic Dari Simplified Chinese Turkish Vietnamese  Read more and download resources... read more
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Past event: The Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL), administration and scoring for novices - 28 August 2014
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Speech pathologist, Angela Kinsella-Ritter presented a twilight workshop entitled ‘The Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language (CASL), administration and scoring for novices’ to a full house at VDEI on Thursday 28 August 2014.    This program... read more
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  What are audibility and clarity?   Imagine that you’ve just asked a child, “What happened on your birthday?”   Is the child aware that you spoke? The audibility of your speech depends on many factors that include: your distance, the intensity of your voice, and the amount of noise in the room.   Even if the child knows that you’ve spoken, does he or she know what you said? The child’s ability to distinguish your speech from other sounds, identify what you said and understand the me...