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Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

2016 CHI facilities

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students enrolled in the Centre are fully integrated into mainstream classes with the support of Teachers of the Deaf and/or Bilingual School Services Officers (BSSO’s).

  • Students can be withdrawn from classes when the need arises for additional support in literacy or subject tuition.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 interpreting, note taking, and tutorial classes.
  • The curriculum is modified as required for student’s learning needs.
  • Senior students have a range of independent and supported learning environments.

The Staff of the Centre

  • Meet with students and families to develop an individual learning plan (OCOP). These are regularly reviewed and updated. 
  • Teachers of the Deaf work with subject teachers to develop teaching and learning plans which are differentiated across all areas of learning, including assessment. 
  • 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 OCOP – oral/aural, Auslan or a combination of both.
  • 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 assistive devices.
  • Maintain and further develop close links with employer groups, universities, TAFE, external agencies and other providers of education and employment.
  • Teachers of the Deaf liaise with Hearing Australia, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Audiology clinic, Deaf Can:Do and Can:Do 4 Kids.
  • To encourage links with the Deaf community, students are invited to take part in special events including Deaf Sports Australia activities, National Week of Deaf People, events organised by Deaf Can:Do  and Can:Do 4 Kids and the End of Year Christmas Picnic.

Enrolment Requirements

Students with moderate or greater bilateral hearing loss verified by Special Educators: Hearing have direct enrolment into the Centre. Prior to enrolment at Adelaide High School, applications for students are reviewed and considered by a Department for Education central panel, which includes specialists who understand the impact of hearing loss. 


Ms Amy Geue
Leader: Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
T 61 8 8231 9373
F 61 8 8212 7827