There are a range of organisations and interactive hubs which are valuable for teachers who work with students who are Deaf or have hearing impairment.
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)
BOSTES amalgamates the services previously provided by the Board of Studies NSW, and the NSW Institute of Teachers. The Quality Teaching Council will continue to function under the auspices of BOSTES. NSW Board of Studies in addition to its other services, providesinformation about special provisions for students are entitled to special exam modifications.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is an independent organisation focused on the educational needs of children with significant vision and/or hearing impairment, as well as additional disabilities. The RIDBC website offers resources and information about hearing and also vision impairment and online lectures about the auditory system for parents and students as well as detailed information about the services offered by the organisation.
The Renwick Hub, developed by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind (Renwick Centre) is a collaborative space for teachers of students with special needs. The hub is designed for educators to share resources and join like-minded groups of interest. There is a specific Classroom Access Project page within the hub, which is available to the public.
The Hearing Hub
The Hearing Hub is a hub for research on hearing impairment and associated language and speech disorders, in partnership with Macquarie University. It combines research teams from Macquarie University, RIDBC, Shepherd Centre and other major research organisations, Cochlear Ltd. and related not-for-profit organisations.
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)has a focus on research concerning methods of preventing and remediating hearing loss. It offers opportunities for postgraduate students and professional education events such as Cochlear Implant Training Workshops. The website also offers extensive information about the research currently taking place at the centre.
Australian Hearing caters for people of all ages through a national network of hearing centres; including more than 110 permanently staffed centres, with 330 other locations in urban, rural and remote areas of Australia.
Cochlear Australia is focused on the use of Cochlear assistive hearing devices. Their website contains a range of specific information about these products, as well as general information about hearing loss in both children and adults. There are also suggested places to access support, including the Cochlear Awareness Network.
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)
ADCET aims to promote and contribute to inclusive teaching practices within the post-secondary education sector in order to facilitate successful outcomes and improve the educational experiences of students with disability.
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