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I only have positive feedback about the Deafness Awareness session. The presenter was great – her pace was superb and it was an absolute bonus that she was able to share some experience of having studied the same course as one of our recently enrolled Deaf learners. Attending the session myself was a great way for me to cement what I already know, and to get an insight into the level of understanding our teachers and trainers have and any potential challenges we may need to consider.

DLO, March 2023


deafConnectEd can provide a range of professional development opportunities for staff working in Vocational Educational and Training including:

To discuss your training needs, please contact us.

deafConnectEd can provide onsite professional development for staff who work with or support students who are Deaf, Deafblind or hard of hearing. We are funded to provide Deafness Awareness Training for the Victorian VET sector, so you can access this training free of charge!

Professional development includes general information about deafness and hearing loss, tips and strategies for effective communication and the opportunity to explore more specific areas of interest. Handouts and links to further information are also provided.

We have partnered with the VET Development Centre to deliver a free Deafness Awareness Webinar twice yearly. Details are provided in the VDC’s training calendar and email updates: register here.

All training is tailored to meet your needs and can include a combination of the following topics:

Deafness and hearing impairment:

  • degrees of hearing loss
  • communication methods used by people with a hearing loss
  • common myths about hearing loss

Teaching strategies for the classroom:

  • communication strategies for 1-1 or group discussions
  • classroom set up
  • lesson planning and delivery
  • reasonable adjustment and assessment

Assistive and other technologies including:

  • audio loop
  • captioning and subtitling of video resources
  • live captioning in the classroom
  • telecommunications options including mobiles, national relay service
  • video remote interpreting

Organisational services to support students:

  • study skills
  • literacy support
  • tutorial support

English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language):

  • similarities and differences
  • why literacy in English is an issue for some deaf students
  • fingerspelling
  • survival Auslan skills – some basic, useful signs for teaching and administrative staff

Working with interpreters and notetakers in the classroom:

  • roles and responsibilities of support staff
  • tips for effective teamwork
  • video remote interpreting