The role of self-advocacy in the communication access of children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing in formal, informal and non formal learning environments

This is a one day course designed for teachers and other professionals supporting students who are deaf and hard of hearing. It is indented to provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge regarding the role of self-advocacy in the academic access and inclusion of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.


  • Thursday, 22 March, 2018
    9:00 am
Course Code:   CPE18RSA

Course Information

This is a one day course designed for teachers, parents, guardians, guides and other professionals who support and interact with deaf or hard of hearing children and young people in formal (e.g. school), non formal (e.g.museums) and informal learning environments (e.g. home).

This workshop has two aims: a) to make the participants aware of the communicational challenges that DHH children and young people face in different learning conditions and the strategies that enhance their access to learning, and b) to point out the critical role of self-advocacy among children and young people in dealing with the communication challenges and enhancing their access to learning.

Upon successful completion of the program participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • the communication challenges that DHH children and young people face in different learning environments;
  • the strategies that enhance the access of DHH children and young people to learning
  • the role of self-advocacy in the access of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in different learning environments;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the different ways of promoting self-advocacy skills among children and young people in different learning environments;

The course will be delivered as a one day workshop at RIDBC Renwick Centre during which you will be engaged in presentations and practical and interactive activities. Digital Access is also available for this course.




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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