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Centres for hearing impaired - review

There was a review of the 6 Centres for Hearing Impaired in the Adelaide metropolitan area in 2015.

The review took a year and looked at how to best support students who are deaf and hard of hearing to achieve their best in the years ahead and included extensive consultation with students, families, staff, governing councils, the deaf community and allied agencies.   

The six centres provide for students with the most significant hearing loss, and are co-located with primary schools at:

and with secondary centres at Adelaide High School and Windsor Gardens Secondary College.

The recommendations in the review will help improve student learning and wellbeing, and provide additional educational opportunities with more specialised support by:

  • having a bilingual-bicultural approach using both Auslan and English within the centres and ensuring that the curriculum meets student needs
  • ensuring staff at the centres are highly skilled
  • students at the schools located with the CHIs be given the opportunity to learn Auslan
  • increasing engagement with families and the better promotion of deaf awareness within the community
  • ensuring learning conditions and classrooms use available technology to support students with their learning
  • providing additional support from speech pathologists, psychologists and educational interpreters.

Review documents

Comments and feedback on the report are welcomed and can be emailed to decd.specialeducation [at] sa.gov.au by 31 August 2016.


Disability Policy and Programs

Phone: 8226 1769
Email: decd.specialeducation [at] sa.gov.au