The section of the Department formerly known as the WA Institute for Deaf Education (WAIDE) is not a school as such, but provides education support services and facilities for Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind children and their families throughout Western Australia. WAIDE, now known as "Sensory", together with Medical and Mental Health Services, Vision Education Services and Disability form the Statewide School of Special Educational Needs section of the Department of Education, Western Australia.
Sensory provides a range of inclusive educational services from the point of diagnosis through to the end of secondary school. For example, if you are a mainstream classroom teacher in a regular school (without a Deaf Centre) and you have a deaf or hard of hearing student in your classroom, you may be allocated a support visiting teacher of the deaf service from Sensory. The visiting teacher can provide classroom teachers with information, support, consultancy, advice re: curriculum differentiation etc.
Staff at Sensory can provide you with information regarding the needs of deaf students and the nature and frequency of support that will be made available to you as a classroom teacher, as well as guidance to families on aspects such as early intervention. Audiological and specialist psychological services are available to all students registered with Sensory.
To find out more about Sensory, parents and teachers can contact WAIDE directly on (08) 9402 6409, TTY: 9384 6106, SMS: 0420 304 293. The Sensory website can be accessed here: http://www.ssens.wa.edu.au