Deaf Education Centre

We are the ONLY government Secondary Deaf Facility in the South East Metropolitan Region (SEMR).

On-site Teachers of the Deaf

In the DEC at Mount Erin College we provide specialist assistance for students with a significant hearing loss, catering for all communication needs and technological support including cochlear implants, different types of hearing aids, Roger and FM systems and soundfield systems. We support students with bi-lateral sensori neural moderate losses and above. The support provided is flexible so that the needs of each student are met specifically, whether they are purely oral, sign language users or a mixture of both.

Peer Group

Research makes it clear that having a peer group is very important for deaf students. This prevents them feeling isolated which also has a positive impact on their academic work. Mount Erin is the only facility in the South East that provides this. Our students, and their friends whether deaf or hearing, are also welcome to use the DEC at recess and lunchtimes. We also have a mentoring program where a current student is paired with a Year 7 to help ensure a smooth and successful transition to High School.

Audiology / Speech Therapy

We have monthly visits from an audiologist from Australian Hearing which all our students attend. These visits are often led by the questions of our students. They also provide an opportunity to update equipment when needed, such as hearing aid mould fitting. These sessions are highly valued by our students. Additionally an on-site speech therapist is available as needed.

Extra-Curricular

We offer regular events for the students that support educational learning and personal self-advocacy, which provides valuable knowledge of the wider deaf community that our students are a part of. These have recently included a Deaf Sports day at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and seeing an Auslan Interpreted performance of Aladdin.

Future Pathways

We have established partnerships with a number of Universities to enable access for our students to many exciting tertiary pathways. Our comprehensive support continues as our students’ progress to senior school and beyond. Whatever their choice there will be ongoing support throughout VCE, VET and VCAL.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Education and Training provides financial assistance in the form of a conveyance allowance to help families with the cost of transporting children to their closest facility, providing that they live more than 4.8km to school. This would be available to the families of all funded deaf students provided they live within the Southern Metropolitan Region.

Contact

Please contact Lynnette Rosenberg, Coordinator of the DEC at Mount Erin College, for more information and to arrange a tour at any time.

Lynnette Rosenberg
Deaf Education Centre Coordinator
PH: (03) 5971 6005

rosenberg.lynnette.e@edumail.vic.gov.au

Upcoming Events

June

Friday 29th – Last Day Term 2

July

Monday 16th – First Day Term 3

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