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VDEI at Educational Research Symposium and ANZCED 2013

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VDEI presented on ‘Real-time Captioning in Schools – Lessons Learned’ at the RIDBC Renwick Centre Research Symposium held on 3-4 July 2013.  The symposium was an excellent opportunity for VDEI to learn about the research being conducted in Deaf Education in Australia and to contribute to best practice examples around the world. 

VDEI was also a sponsor and held a trade display at the recent ANZCED 2013 (5-7 July) where there was the opportunity to hear a range of quality presentations from other researchers and educators on topics ranging from mental health/resilience/social emotional wellbeing in deaf children, language and literacy, early intervention, post school options, audiological management issues, working with deaf/hearing impaired students in mainstream settings, and developing independence. 

Keynote speakers included Marc Marschark (Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology), Alys Young (Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Research with Deaf People programme at the University of Manchester, UK) and Professor Barry Wright (child and adolescent psychiatrist in York, England and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Hull York Medical School). 

Kaye Scott from VDEI presented on ‘Real Time Captioning in Schools - Lessons Learned’ and Sally Martin from VDEI presented on ‘Utilising Smart Technology to Improve Access to School Excursion Programs’. 

There were many fascinating presentations including one on ‘Reflections of parents of young children of permanent hearing loss’ by Nic Mahler, one on ‘Preparing Mainstream Deaf Students for the NAPLAN Persuasive Writing Test’ by Mari Karvinen and one by Alice Brennan on the recent SAFE program recently launched by Deaf Children Australia. 

The SAFE program is a program designed for professionals working with deaf children aged 7 years and over to assist them with safety and awareness issues.  For more information on the SAFE program, please email Alice Brennan at