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Victorian Deaf Education Institute

Teacher and young deaf student learning on an iPad.

Improving learning outcomes

for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people, with professional development opportunities for teachers.

The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) was established to enable excellence in deaf education throughout Victoria. Through VDEI, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to improving educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people from birth to adulthood.

In partnership with schools, universities, early childhood and deafness professionals, VDEI achieves this by:

  • Providing and delivering excellence in professional learning programs across the disciplines involved in deaf education;
  • Identifying the evidence for best practice in teaching and learning to support development throughout an individual's life cycle;
  • Enabling improved curriculum access and inclusion in learning for deaf students through innovation and technology based solutions; and
  • Contributing to a local and global learning community through strengthened networks for knowledge exchange and capacity building.

VDEI enables hundreds of professionals each year including mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf, audiologists, speech pathologists, psychologists, and speech and language support staff to have the opportunity to build their expertise in providing improved learning support to the 3800 Victorian children and young people with hearing loss.

The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) has a new website address that gives professionals working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing access to information about up and coming professional learning events and workshops.  It also provides information on all the research, innovation and technology programs and initiatives that the VDEI is running to help improve educational outcomes for students with a hearing loss.

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Contact us

Victorian Deaf Education Institute
597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Tel: (03) 9032 6400
Fax: (03) 9032 6401
Email: vdei@edumail.vic.gov.au

Website: www.deafeducation.vic.edu.au

Postal Address: 

Victorian Deaf Education Institute
PO Box 6307
St Kilda Road Central VIC 8008​