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Centre for Hearing Impaired


Adelaide High School provides a Centre of Excellence and specialised services for students who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Students enrolled in the Centre have access to all curriculum offerings and are offered support by trained Teachers of the Deaf or support staff.

  • Students can be withdrawn from specific subjects for support in literacy or subject tuition.
  • Students may select subjects of their choice and the support provided within each class varies, depending on each individual student’s requirements. 
  • Various support strategies are provided, such as AUSLAN interpretation, note taking, and tutorial classes.
  • The curriculum is modified as required for students with learning needs.
  • Senior students have a range of independent and supported learning environments.

The staff of the Centre:

  • Encourage students to develop a positive self-concept, both as an individual and as a learner.
  • Use the best form of communication as agreed in the NEP (OCOP) – oral/aural, AUSLAN.
  • Liaise with subject teachers regarding the effect of hearing loss on learning and promote the use of visual materials and differentiated learning activities.
  • Assist students to maintain and manage hearing aids, cochlear implants and personal FMs. 
  • Maintain and further develop close links with employer groups, universities, TAFE and other providers of education and employment.
  • Teachers of the Deaf liaise with Australian Hearing and Deaf Can:Do. 

To encourage links with the Deaf community, CHI students are invited to take part in special events including Deaf Sports Australia activities, National Week of Deaf People, Deaf Camps organised by Deaf Can:Do and the End of Year Christmas Picnic.

Enrolment Requirements

Students with bilateral hearing loss verified by audiologists have direct enrolment into the Centre. Applications from students are reviewed and considered by a Sensory Panel in the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD). 


Mrs Tanya McKinna M. Spec Ed (Deaf)
CHI Coordinator
T 61 8 8231 9373
F 61 8 8212 7827