The Victorian Deaf Education Institute was a major sponsor at the 26th Australian and New Zealand Conference for Educators of the Deaf (ANZCED) 2011 conference on 15, 16 and 17 July 2011.
The conference entitled “Staying on track with deaf education” took place at the Novotel Hotel in St Kilda and provided a comprehensive, stimulating program that had significant practical relevance for professionals and parents associated with the education of deaf and hard of hearing children.
Gene Reardon, Executive Director of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) was invited to speak on "Challenges in Deaf Education: Review and Reform". In her presentation, Gene discussed the review into deaf education along with VDEI’s formation and objectives to address the needs of deaf students as highlighted in the review. Gene’s focus included encompassing individual children, their educational options and their outcomes.
David Billimoria, Manager and Pat McGarry, Senior Project Officer from the Student Wellbeing Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, presented on the Ipads for learning trial in Victorian Government Schools. Both currently support the two specialist schools for the deaf participating in the iPad trial.
There were a number of excellent presentations by both Australian and overseas academics and experts who focussed on themes such as language and literacy in bilingual programs, social emotional wellbeing of students, the challenges in management of newly diagnosed infants and managing the acoustic environments in schools.