Established in 2011, the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) is part of the Inclusive Education Professional Practice Branch in the Department of Education and Training. VDEI’S vision is to contribute to improvement in the educational outcomes for the 4,000 students in Victoria who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). To achieve its vision, VDEI engages in partnerships with schools, early childhood programs, universities, and other professional organisations to:
Identify the leading pedagogical practices in deaf education to ensure that Victoria becomes a truly inclusive Education State
VDEI supports the vital role that specialist educators play in enabling improved curriculum access and providing learning experiences for students who are deaf and hard of hearing that are inclusive and rewarding. VDEI works with key stakeholders to identify the evidence for leading practice in teaching and learning that promote inclusion and enrich the learning opportunities and educational outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing students and to ensure that all school communities become truly inclusive. Our research and community partnerships enable us to implement targeted policies and programs that build the capability of Teachers of the Deaf and allied professionals to improve the quality of deaf education.
VDEI is committed to strengthening deaf education’s place in the inclusive education field through targeted research and the identification of exemplary practice. VDEI aims to inform professional practice and policy development by growing the evidence base around practices that achieve strong academic and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing. VDEI is strategic in our approach, focusing on programs, projects and initiatives underpinned by strong research findings and expert knowledge.
VDEI CAPTION CENTRE
The VDEI Caption Centre creates captions for educational audio-visual media used in all Victorian schools for deaf and hard of hearing students. This service ensures deaf and hard of hearing students have full access to the curriculum and support materials. Captioning is available for various formats including click view media, YouTube clips, VVLN Captivate lessons, films, education videos, TV broadcasts and teacher/student-produced media.
VDEI provides expertise and leadership in the areas of emerging technologies aimed at strengthening access, inclusion, and engagement. VDEI utilises innovative, state-of-the-art technologies to meet the emerging learning needs of students and educational professionals. VDEI’s Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, architecturally designed with flexible, open-plan spaces and a variety of seating options perfect for the delivery of accessible professional learning. Through live streaming and video conferencing technology, VDEI’s Learning Centre can beam workshops, seminars, presentations, and conferences to local and international audiences.
VDEI engages in partnerships with schools, early childhood programs, universities, and other professional organisations to design and deliver excellence in professional learning. Our seminars and workshops feature high-calibre national and international presenters and current evidence-based research, providing important opportunities to learn about leading professional teaching and learning practices in the field. The VDEI Professional Learning Program is underpinned by state-of-the-art technology that provides educators with a range of access options to events. High-quality professional learning events have been designed to support the important role that specialist Teachers of the Deaf and allied professionals play in enabling inclusive learning.