What's New

Search the Catalogue:

Search this Site:

Search NZSL Signs:

Quick Links

Online Shop

If you would like to view the wide range of Resources the Centre produces, visit our Online Shop.

van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand

Welcome to the van Asch Deaf Education Centre website. Search our site using the boxes to the right, explore the menus above, or view the extensive list of resources for deaf and hard-of-hearing students available for you to purchase from our Online Shop.

The van Asch Deaf Education Centre is a residential special school for deaf children, and is situated in Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Centre strives to be a leading provider of quality educational programmes and special related services that meet the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their families, in the lower half of the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand.

The Centre also provides services and support for mainstream students and their teachers.

> go to the 'online at vanasch' website.

> go to the Audiology page.
> go the the Hearing Aid and FM Repair and Battery Ordering page.
> go to the Immersion Course page.
> go to the News Centre.
> go the the Parents page.
> go to the Preschool Residential Course page.
> go to the Students Information page.
> go to VADEC Policies

On behalf of the organising committee for the combined 28th Australian and New Zealand Conference for Educators of the Deaf (ANZCED) and the 12th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness (APCD), I am thrilled to invite you to Christchurch, New Zealand, where the joint ANZCED/APCD will be held from 7th to 10th July, 2016. 


The convenor of ANZCED/APCD 2016
Bernadette Mulcahy-Bouwman
Principal, van Asch Deaf Education Centre 

Deaf Youth Hui videos

New Zealand's Deaf youth have unique learning experiences that offer valuable insights for all involved in their education.

To view go to http://www.education.govt.nz/news/deaf-youth-hui-videos/

Students Love Learning

The students are engaged in a variety of exciting programmes of learning.
Transition classes are under way and education outside the classroom is providing exciting learning opportunities.
Role Models
Students are privileged to have contact with some amazing role models. Henry relished the opportunity to meet with the Canterbury Rams basketball players recently.

New Zealand Sign Language Ready to Read eBooks

The Ministry of Education has produced a further 10 Ready to Read ebooks. This brings the total to 16 Ready to Read ebooks. 
The new titles are:
Dad's Snore
Dragons! Dragons! Dragons!
I'm the King of the road
Is that an Earthquake?
Me and My Dog
The Crocodile's Chistmas
The Hole in the King's Sock
The Safe Place
The books can be downloaded on the Ministry's iTunes and Google play site for free. iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/artist/ministry-education-new-zealand/id507340102

Van Asch Deaf Education Centre educators take students on an exciting learning journey from preschool to twenty-one years of age.

Residential Immersion Courses

At the Sumner site we offer week-long residential immersion courses for mainstreamed deaf students. Introductory courses are provided for students in Years 8-10 and for students Year 12 and above, who are transitioning out of compulsory schooling.
Activities during these courses are tailored to the needs of groups of students and may include; understanding your hearing loss, building confidence as a young deaf person, meeting other deaf young people, flatting experience, knowing your rights and responsibilities and what support and services are available for deaf people in taking the next step in education or in the workforce.
If you wish to find out more about our Residential Immersion Courses contact us at:

"Your human rights and making complaints
- A guide for disabled people and their families"

New free resource
The guide was written with disabled people. It explains what disabled people's human rights are, what they can do if they aren't happy with something that has happened, what they can contact the Commission about, what will happen if they do and who else might be able to help. It also contains helpful case studies of complaints disabled people have made to the Commission and how these were sorted out. Available in NZSL, Easy Read and Braille, and can be accessed online here: http://www.hrc.co.nz/2013/commission-launches-new-disability-complaints-resource

Preschool Residential Visits
- For parents and their deaf preschooler.

Assessment Visits
- For primary and secondary students accompanied by their parent/s.

Placement Visits
- For primary and secondary students accompanied by their parent/s, who are considering a placement at the Core School.
Click here for information > PDF document

last updated Wed 23 Mar 16