Pearcedale Deaf Facility
The Pearcedale Facility addresses all communication methods including oral – speech and listening and sign language – Auslan, or a combination of both as needed.
Our facility supports deaf and hearing impaired students in accessing mainstream education. Children actively participate in regular classes within the school. The ability of students to communicate, to access the classroom program their hearing peers and to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance in the school are the priorities.
Our facility is staffed by trained teachers and Education Support Staff who work to ensure each student reaches their learning potential. The level of support given aims to match the needs of the individual students and includes language and communication, and/or speech and auditory verbal sessions. Students may work individually, in small groups or receive support within the classroom. All students who gain benefit from listening devices are expected to wear them during the school day. Soundfields are available in classrooms, specialist class and a large area soundfield is fitted in the gym/hall. Auslan interpreting is provided at assemblies as needed. The facility has the support of regular visits from Australian Hearing.
There are no fees in addition to normal school costs. To be eligible for enrolment in the facility students must have a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss averaging 40dB or greater. In some cases students with a permanent conductive hearing loss, or a mixed hearing loss will be admitted. Parents may apply to the Transport Unit for conveyance allowance, providing they meet the criteria under ‘Exceptional Circumstances-Hardship’.
Parents are a valued part of the facility and it is our aim that all parents will work in partnership with teachers to assist their child’s education. Regular student support group meetings are held with learning goals developed by teachers in partnership with parents and other professionals. These specific goals form the basis of each student’s individual education plan and parents are encouraged to assist with follow up at home, ensuring an active partnership between home and school.