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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Auslan Intensive Course - December 2014
VDEI recently held its week-long Intensive Professional Learning Program for Teachers who Teach Students who use Auslan.  Six Victorian teachers of the deaf took part in this five day intensive course, specifically designed to enhance their Auslan s... read more
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Coaching and mentoring opportunities in 2015
Applicants have now been selected for the following two new coaching and mentoring programs which will begin in 2015:   o   Coaching and mentoring program: Advanced pedagogy in signed language (1 year program in 2015)   o   Coaching and mentori... read more
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VDEI research grants
VDEI has received many high quality applications in relation to the $25,000 competitive open sector research grant supporting research projects that lead to improved educational outcomes for deaf or hard of hearing children living in Victoria. Appli... read more
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Are you using these Transition into Primary School resources?
While the Transition into Primary School (TIPs) project has now come to an end, there are so many resources that you and your students can take advantage of!   Please visit the VDEI website for the current Transition to Primary School information... read more
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Phonological awareness describes our knowledge of how the smallest building blocks of a language – phonemes - work together. This is what enables readers to identify the sounds and syllables within a word, pronounce unfamiliar words, know when words rhyme, and a range of other tasks. Phonological processing is one of the key processing skills used in reading. Much research has examined the role of phonological processing in deaf readers – see Mayberry, del Guidice and Lieberman (2011) and Treze...