Deaf Australia hosted their national summit on early intervention and education for deaf and hard of hearing children in Canberra on 29 and 30 November 2012. It was an excellent forum for participants (including members of the community, parents and education professionals, peak bodies, professional associations and government) to have their say about issues of importance to them, as well as to understand more about what deaf and hard of hearing people and their families require from early intervention and education.
Representatives from VDEI attended, presented and helped facilitate the workshop sessions.
Day one included information about the Australian Government’s education reform agenda, Gonski Review, NDIS, curriculum and assessment, review of disability standards and some moving parent stories.
On Day 2 participants rolled up their sleeves and formed working groups in order to address case studies and come up with recommendations for Deaf Australia with which to work into the future. Deaf Australia has commissioned Grant Thornton to compile the feedback and recommendations from the Summit into a strategic plan which they will later make available and undertake work on.