Welcome to deafConnectEd
2015 was another fantastic year for deafConnectEd!
We continued to provide services under our core funding, supporting students and training organisations across Victoria to be ‘ready’ and responsive to the needs of deaf and hard of hearing learners. Under this funding our projects included:
- a greatly expanded section on our website for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This includes videos in Auslan providing important information for students and signposting them to other relevant websites. This is a work in progress which we will be refined in 2016 through consultation with past, current and prospective students. We are also developing a pilot transition program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing which we hope will grow in the years to come. More details to follow.
- establishment of a Deaf and Hard of Hearing network on Facebook, where students can share their stories, their tips and successes
- the roll out of a second online unit for notetakers focusing on electronic notes, health and safety, and ethical considerations. More than 100 people have now enrolled in these units with overwhelmingly positive feedback on the information provided, the structure and activities. In 2016 we will be looking to develop an accredited short course to be delivered through Melbourne Polytechnic.
- The roll out of an online, ‘just in time’ deafness awareness module for teachers who have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing student in their classroom
- another intake of mentees on our Auslan interpreter mentoring and coaching program, providing our mentees with a valuable insight into their own interpreting skills and concrete strategies for continual professional development.
- launch of Educational Signbank, a growing language resource for Auslan interpreters and students.
Working with our various partners, deafConnectEd was also involved in:
- another successful Auslan ‘breadth’ program for undergraduate students at the University of Melbourne, with a similar program already being planned for 2016
- an incredibly successful Auslan intensive program for 22 Teachers of the Deaf in partnership with the Victorian Deaf Education Institute. “This PD was one of the richest PD experiences I have had in 25+ years of working in the field”. What more can we say!
- a professional development program for Auslan teachers throughout Victoria, in partnership with La Trobe University.
We look forward to another exciting year ahead, working closely with our partners on these and other projects.