Deaf/hearing impaired Education news

Five tips for teachers of students with hearing impairment

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So you’ve started a new term this year and you’ve discovered that one (or perhaps more) of your students has a hearing impairment or doesn't have English as their primary language. Check out five quick tips to help you make the most of your classroom.

Kids using tablets in class

Kids using tablets in class


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New free technology resource for teachers of the Deaf

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Australian not-for-profit, Conexu Foundation, has developed a free resource guide for teachers aimed at students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, entitled ‘11 easy to use technologies to enhance learning in your classroom'.

Front cover of the teacher resource with the words ‘Download Now!’

The new resource has been designed for teachers in mainstream public, Catholic and private schools where children with these disabilities attend, and allows educators to find the latest on relevant communication technology.


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Help us improve our website

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In an effort to provide the most relevant information on the most accessible website we can, Media Access Australia is seeking feedback from readers about our website. 

The simple 5 minute survey is an opportunity to tell us what you are interested in and what you would like to see more of on our site. Importantly, you can also let us know how you find the website’s accessibility.

“Our readership is incredibly diverse in terms of people’s interests and needs as users. Every day we talk to people who might be using a piece of assistive technology that radically changes how they experience the site. Gaining insight into that is vital for us being the best we can be,” said Online Editor Eliza Cussen.

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Highlights of 2013 – getting captions into the classroom

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CAP THAT! is our national awareness campaign encouraging teachers to turn on captions in the classroom to help improve learning and literacy for all students. Here, we give a summary of the campaign’s biggest year yet.

The national campaign has now completed its third successful year, with interest growing every year. The campaign calls on teachers, principals and librarians to become Captions Champions and advocate for captions to be used throughout the school.


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Conference for educators of blind and vision impaired children

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A conference hosted by the Royal National Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) brings teachers together to explore how accessible media and technology can improve education and literacy outcomes for school students who are blind or vision impaired.

Starting today, VisCon features a keynote address by Ike Presley from the American Foundation for the Blind’s National Literacy Centre. His work focuses on the link between assistive technology and literacy.


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New disability statistics show continuing need for access

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In 2012, there were 4.2 million Australians with a disability, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics survey results released yesterday. The results highlight the significance of access services for the Australian population.

The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers shows that the percentage of Australians with a disability has remained steady since at 18.5 per cent since the survey was last conducted in 2009.


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