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.