On Friday 26 August 2011 the Victorian Deaf Education Institute held a stand and presented at the Geelong Deafness Expo and Information Forum at the Geelong West Town Hall.
Celebrating Hearing Awareness Week, there was an excellent balance of stand-holders present offering information, resources, hearing tests, hearing technologies, preventative hearing loss awareness campaigns, educational programs as well as social, cultural and recreational programs.
The day was well attended with a diverse mix of participants throughout the day in terms of age, interest and distance covered. The local community members enjoyed the opportunity to engage with supporting organisations, associations and service providers. It was encouraging to meet and speak with the healthy contingent of enthusiastic and ambitious Auslan students from Kangan Institute.
Sally Martin from the VDEI team presented on behalf of Gene Reardon and spoke about the directions in deaf education in Victoria. Throughout the day there was interest in VDEI programs and opportunities in career development such as advice on how to become a teacher of the Deaf or an educational Auslan interpreter, as well as providing information on our research programs, grants, scholarships or just signing up to participate in our Professional Learning Program (PLP).
Following the success of the day, VDEI anticipate locking in next year’s Deaf Expo and Information Forum in Melbourne into the calendar for 20th October next year!