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Forest Street Primary School
(PO Box 188)   WENDOUREE   3355
Telephone/TTY: 5339 1202 (Primary campus/coordinator)
5336 7829 (Secondary campus)
Fax: 5339 5745
Email: forest.street.ps.deaf@edumail.vic.gov.au
Contact: The Coordinator

Ballarat Deaf Facility

The Ballarat Deaf Facility was established in 2003 with the relocation of Ewing House School for Deaf Children to purpose built rooms at Forest Street Primary School and Ballarat Secondary College – Wendouree, Barkly and Link Up Campuses.

The Facility aims to give students who are deaf or hearing impaired the best possible access to mainstream education. Teachers of the Deaf and communication aides provide support to meet the needs of each student. This involves individual language, speech and auditory programs and classroom support including note-taking and interpreting. Both oral and signing students are catered for. Forest Street Primary School also uses sound field systems to increase students’ optimal hearing outcomes in the classroom. Other alternative multimedia technology options to assist students, such as Skype interpreting and captioning are also implemented where practical.

An Australian Hearing audiologist visits the Facility on a regular basis. An Education Fund provides financial assistance to parents. The Ballarat Deaf Facility provides information and support to other schools in the region and promotes contact between deaf students in conjunction with Visiting Teachers in the region.