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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The annual 'cap that!' campaign is asking teachers to turn on captions
The annual cap that! campaign, supported by National Literacy and Numeracy Week, asks teachers Australia-wide to turn on captions in schools for literacy and learning benefits for all students. Captions are essential for Deaf and hearing impaired st... read more
calendarJun 23
Will you be attending the Transition to Secondary School Information Morning at VDEI?
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​Students who are deaf or hard of hearing, their parents, carers and extended family members are invited to a Transition to Secondary School Morning where they can find out information about the range of secondary settings and options for students w... read more
calendarJun 17
Past PD: Literacy in deaf education research with Professor Greg Leigh - 16 June 2014
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Teachers and professionals working with students with hearing loss attended Professor Greg Leigh’s presentation, 'Literacy in deaf education research' on 16 June 2014.   Professor Greg Leigh recently made the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List fo... read more
calendarJun 16
A day in the life of a speech pathologist
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VDEI sat down with Sue Steegstra, speech pathologist at Aurora School.   Hi Sue. Thanks for agreeing to give us an insight into your job! Can you share with us a little bit about your job?   Sure! I work as a speech pathologist at Aurora School,... read more
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VDEI sat down with Sue Steegstra, speech pathologist at Aurora School.   Hi Sue. Thanks for agreeing to give us an insight into your job! Can you share with us a little bit about your job?   Sure! I work as a speech pathologist at Aurora School, which provides early intervention services for deaf children across the state.  Aurora School runs a daily centre-based preschool and Prep program (Early Education) in Blackburn South for children from the south and eastern suburbs who attend the sc...