MEETING a young girl who used sign language has forever changed the life of Beaconsfield resident Jemma Mews.
“I taught a little girl who used Auslan and wanted to be able to communicate directly with her,” she said.
“I studied Auslan at TAFE at night for three years and then began the Master’s degree with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Renwick Centre with the goal of becoming a Visiting Teacher of the Deaf.”
Ms Mews has now realised that goal after completing her Master of Special Education (hearing impairment) and is one of 75 recent graduates to qualify in teaching those living with a sensory disability.
She said it was important children with hearing loss continued to receive specialist support from trained teachers.
“Whether teaching in a special needs class or visiting students and teachers in a mainstream setting, specialist teachers have the skills and intimate knowledge to cater to a child’s specific needs and are able to assist other teachers to do the same,” she said.