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Official opening of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute

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The Victorian Deaf Education Institute held its official opening on 17 October 2012.
Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, on officially opening VDEI, said the Victorian Government was proud of its contribution with regard to establishing the Institute, which had been set up to improve the system of support and approaches to learning and development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 
The launch was well attended by approximately 140 stakeholders including deaf organisations, deafness professionals, research organisations, teachers and students.  VIPS included local member for Prahran, Mr Clem Newton Brown, Executive Director of the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Division of DEECD John Allman and Deputy Secretary of the School Education Group Dr Jim Watterson, Robert Adams OAM and Dean of the Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne Professor Field Rickards. 
VCD school captains, Brandon Van Niekerk and Idelia Lai addressed the Minister in their native language Auslan with the assistance of interpreters. 
A number of activities were organised to demonstrate the work of the Institute.  This included a demonstration of video conferencing in the VDEI Learning Centre where a Health Science class was provided to Year 8 students from the Victorian College for the Deaf in Melbourne and beamed out to Year 8 students at Bendigo South East College. 
Year 9 students from the Victorian College for the Deaf demonstrated the use of the global first OpenMi application on their mobile devices while the coordinators of the Shepparton Deaf Facility and Bendigo Deaf Facilities answered the Minister’s questions about the captioning centre, remote learning and resource development.
Read the official media release about the launch of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute here