Last week, the next generation of teachers of the deaf, teachers of children with blindness or low vision, allied health and disability support workers came together to celebrate their achievements.
The latest talented and passionate cohort have now graduated from our Master of Disability Studies, which is administered and delivered by NextSense Institute in affiliation with Macquarie University.
The program equips teachers to adapt content, develop teaching methodology and apply specialised instructional techniques to meet the needs of individual learners with sensory disability. It also equips allied health professionals with skills to provide superior support and rehabilitation services.
Check out the photos below, featuring those who who were able to attend the ceremony in person.
Professor Greg Leigh AO, Director of NextSense Institute, says of the course: "Our philosophy is that all individuals with disabilities have the right to access high quality evidence-based services to meet their educational, developmental, and related support needs."
— Professor Greg Leigh AO, Director, NextSense Institute
At NextSense Institute we take great pride in producing well-prepared professionals who are ready to join national and international efforts in addressing the needs of children and adults with hearing and/or vision loss.
The Master of Disability Studies was "one of the best things I have done", according to teacher Nathan, who specialised in deaf and hard of hearing education as part of his degree.
— Nathan, Master of Disability Studies graduate
I feel confident I have the appropriate skills and abilities to work alongside these children, to make sure I’m giving them the best access they need and the best possible future that they can have.
Dr Sue Silveira is Program Director for the Master of Disability Studies. She is a qualified paediatric orthoptist who has held clinical and academic roles and congratulated all the graduates on their achievement:
— Dr Sue Silveira, Program Director, Master of Disability Studies
Congratulations on your commitment to your studies and what you have achieved. We know that you will make a positive impact in the lives of people with sensory disability. We wish you much happiness and prosperity.
Applications are now open for our Master of Disability Studies in Semester 1, 2024.