Transition Workshops 2015

Thirty three students across eight schools in Victoria have enjoyed learning more about what they can do when they finish school.

Vicdeaf received a small grant to provide a series of workshops for deaf youths finishing school this year. This program aims to empower the students as they transition into adulthood seeking employment, improved communication within the hearing and deaf community and a heightened awareness of their rights.

Above: A student explains what she wants to do after school in one of the workshops with SensWide Employment, discussing the topic of “Working”.

This project was developed by discussing with deaf school students what topics they would like to know about life after school – and these topics have been split into six workshops:

  • Self advocacy & the deaf community Melissa Lowrie and Melanie Merhi - Deaf Victoria
  • Booking and working with Auslan interpreters Brent Phillips - Auslan Connections, Vicdeaf
  • Working Stephanie MacDonald and Sophia Lee - SensWide Employment
  • Further education Meg Aumann - deafConnectED
  • Living independently Wendy Devlin, Selwyn Hoffmann and Victoria Tanner-Dench - Independent Living Skills, Vicdeaf with the support of volunteer Hassan Rostami
  • Exploring opportunities for your GAP year Matthew Norman - Deaf Children Australia

The workshops were made for deaf and hard of hearing students by inviting deaf and signing presenters. Vicdeaf also provided Auslan interpreters and live captioning for students who may not be fluent in Auslan.

Seven schools accessed the workshops via livestreaming because many live in regional areas such as Bairnsdale, Mansfield and Shepparton. Livestreaming allowed these schools to fully participate in workshops. Students who attended workshops at Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) enjoyed the same access – Auslan interpreters, live captioning and asking questions in Auslan directly to the presenters.

A small team of Vicdeaf staff and volunteers coordinated the livestream aspect. A special thank you to the Vicdeaf team for making this possible!

Above: Michael Parremore and volunteer Sherrie Beaver coordinated the livestream aspect for regional schools to access the workshops.

The Transitions Workshops completed on Thursday 11 June with great success. Vicdeaf will seek further funding to continue the Transitions Workshops for deaf youths so that they can prepare for life after school.

The Vicdeaf Transitions program is made possible through funding from the Newsboys Foundation. A big thank you to our partners who contributed to this valuable program: