The Mount Erin College Deaf Education Centre (DEC) guides and supports students who have a hearing loss to achieve their educational goals and to prepare them for further studies or the general workforce.
Mount Erin College, which conducts the DEC for the Southern Metropolitan Region, has created an inclusive, accepting and well-supported environment for Deaf /Hearing Impaired students.
The benefits for Deaf/Hearing Impaired students attending the Mount Erin DEC include:
- Extensive transition assistance from Grade 6 to Year 7, plus Deaf awareness instruction for all Year 7 students.
- Access to mainstream classes that have appropriate resources and staff to cater for individual needs.
- Inclusion in and idetification with the main college.
- Access to specialist staff including the guidance officer, welfare officer, speech pathologist and Educational psychologist.
- Student Support Programs to monitor progress and learning goals.
- Support for parents to meet and share their experiences, plus opportunties for morning coffee talks where guest speakers provide information about resources available to them.
Who can enrol? Students who have a bilateral hearing loss that is moderate, severe or profound are eligible to enrol in the Mount Erin DEC. Students who use oral or signed communication are fully supported. For students who are not eligible to enrol but are eligible for the Visiting Teachers Service, use of the DEC can be provided. The DEC Director liaises with the Visiting Teacher of Hearing Impaired. For students who have not previously attended a Deaf Education Centre, an Educational Needs Questionnaire must be completed. This will help to determine whether the student is eligible for the program.
For further information or to request a brochure, please email the Principal- firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the College on 5971 6000 or 5971 6005.