- Friday, 13 September, 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
This one day 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. Presentations will provide an opportunity to learn from local and international teachers and academics, and trade displays will bring you up to date with current resources!
Presentation Keynote: EDUCATING DEAF CHILDREN NOW: Research Evidence Informing Practice
Professor Connie Mayer, EdD, OCT
Discourse in the field of deaf education is often characterized by controversy, and populated by voices that can be fractious, even when we all believe we are working in the best of interests of deaf children and their families. The positions we have taken tend to be informed more by personal belief, experience or emotion, than by an appeal to a more objective evidence base. However, given the rapid pace of change in our field, especially as it relates to advances in all forms of hearing technologies, it is beyond time that we challenged this discourse in order to provide the most efficacious support for deaf children in the current climate.
Deaf children of today, although an increasingly diverse group, have the potential to achieve at levels that might have been considered unattainable even a few decades ago. It is incumbent upon all of us to support them in achieving this potential, and to recognize that the nature of the support we provide is most robust when there is an evidence base that informs our practice.
In this presentation we will consider the nature of the available research evidence (e.g., language, communication modality, literacy, educational placement) and the extent to which we are taking it into account in developing both policies and pedagogical practices (e.g., what do we know about interventions or approaches that have demonstrated improved achievement?). As part of this discussion, we will focus on the role of the teacher of the deaf and the need to work more collaboratively across domains (health and health sciences, education, psychology, social work), engaging in the kinds of fruitful conversations that will advance our collective thinking and improve outcomes for deaf children now.
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A trade display will update on the latest resources available! Applications are available on the website and here: Click here to view the ITOD Exhibition Opportunity form.
In collaboration with Educators of Deaf Students Association NSW (EDSA)
Attending Teachers of the Deaf Conference will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 2.1.2, and 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW
Dr. Connie Mayer
Dr. Connie Mayer, EdD, OCT Professor, York University, Toronto Honorary Professor, HCD/Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester Dr. Mayer is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto and academic co-ordinator of the Teacher Preparation Program in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students. Prior to coming to York, Dr. Mayer worked for more than twenty years as a consultant, administrator and teacher of deaf students from preschool through postsecondary across the range of communication settings. She is an Associate Editor for the Volta Review, a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, the American Annals of the Deaf and the Reading Research Quarterly, and the Advisory Council of the Central Institute for the Deaf. Her research focuses on language and literacy development in deaf learners, early literacy and early intervention, cochlear implantation, bilingualism, and models of teacher education. In 2016 she was awarded the Sister Mary Delaney Lifetime Achievement Award in recogntion of her work in teaching, research and service in the preparation of teachers of DHH students by the American College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In 2017 she was recognized as a Research Leader at York University, and most recently was awarded an Honorary Professorship in the Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing at the University of Manchester in the UK. Current projects include investigations of Theory of Mind in the written language of deaf learners, and a 3-year SSHRC funded study to update the evidence base with respect to the literacy outcomes of deaf students.
Venue: RIDBC Renwick Centre
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.
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.
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* 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 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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