Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf Online Conference (ITOD) 2020

This one day ONLINE conference provides an opportunity for Teachers of the Deaf, school support staff, parents and related health professionals to learn more about the current research and practices related to the education of students with hearing loss.


  • Friday, 11 September, 2020 - Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE20ITOD

Course Information

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The 2020 ITOD Conference was held on Friday 11 September as an ONLINE event and recordings are still available to view. 

Keynote : Di Harbor

Presentation: Social Competency and Deaf children – Where are we now? Where do we need to get to? How do we translate research into practice?

“We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”  Brené Brown

There are ever increasing options and solutions offered by hearing technology for deaf children to access listening and spoken language skills.  However, there is still no magic adaptor for children with hearing loss to use these to make and keep friends. No magic software to interpret thoughts, feelings and behaviour or effectively problem solve and multi-task in the social arena. In this talk I will look at current research and case studies, identifying the strengths and gaps in key social competency skills. I will examine how we can promote theory of mind in practice, including thinking about autobiographical memory to encourage a healthy self-concept. How do we use the time we have when supporting children with hearing loss to equip and  future proof them to thrive academically and socially?

Additional Presentations :

  • Teresa Ching: LOCHI Update
  • Kaye Scott: Strategies for Theory of Mind Assessments
  • Carolyn Mee: SoundScouts








361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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