Our Stories

Our Stories

Youth Grants: Lenny’s AFL Inclusion Carnival

Our 2018 Youth Grant recipients are starting to undertake their projects! We were thrilled to receive our first report recently…

Youth Grants: Jayesh’s Antipodeans Trip to India

Jayesh received a 2017 Youth Grant to join the 2018 Antipodeans trip to India, a three week trip including one…

Jethro’s Story: “I stopped feeling isolated and alone”

“My son Jethro is four years old now. His hearing loss was identified when he was a newborn. Further testing…

Amaya’s Story: “I am deaf and I’m proud of it”

Eight year old Amaya recently told us about her dreams: “I would like to be a vet at wildlife hospitals…

Arden’s Story: “Arden will always be deaf. Implants certainly aren’t a cure.”

Seven year old Arden attended DCA’s Family Camp in October with her mum Tanya, step-dad Billy and ten year old…

Youth Grants: Maddison’s Audiology Work Experience

Maddison applied for a DCA Youth Grant to do a week of work experience at the Cochlear Implant Clinic and…

Cate’s Story: “This has shaped the course of my life”

Cate Dunn grew up in a farming community in the Wimmera. As a pre-schooler, Cate would regularly set off with…

Youth Grants: Alex’s Swimming Success

Alex Kirchner recently received a DCA Youth Grant to attend the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, representing Australia in swimming….

Bao’s Story: Breaking down the communication barriers

When we met nine year old Bao, he had just arrived from Vietnam two months earlier to be reunited with…

Janith’s Story: “My goal is to be a doctor”

When we met twelve year old Janith, his family was in crisis and Janith was suffering from trauma. When he…

Eva’s Story: “Nicollette is someone that I have never had before”

Sixteen year old Eva was feeling lonely, troubled and uncertain about her future. Her mum Shamiran told us, “Eva was…

Youth Grants: Dannielle’s Story

Dannielle is a university student undertaking a degree at the University of Melbourne. She was successful in applying for a…

Youth Grants: VCD Magnetic Island Camp

Each year, DCA awards Youth Grants to deaf and hard of hearing young people aiming to pursue a goal or…

Hayley and Kaitlyn – “The future can still be bright with the right help”

We recently met ten year old Hayley, seven year old Kaitlyn and their mum Kerryn on DCA’s Deaf Aboriginal Cultural…

Youth Grants: Joshua’s Story

Each year, DCA Youth Grants are awarded to young deaf and hard of hearing people to achieve a specific project…

Youth Grants: Sarah’s Equestrian Dreams

Sarah, one of our 2016 Youth Grant recipients, is a talented equestrian and aims to compete in the 2019 Special…

Georgia’s Story: “It’s okay to be different”

Georgia was diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears at 11 weeks of age. As her mum Stacey explains, the…

A Youth Grant Can Take You on an Adventure of a Lifetime like Sarah’s Borneo World Challenge!

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and 15 – 23 years old, you can apply now for a…

Natasha’s Journey to Become a Social Worker for Other Deaf Children

Deaf teenager Natasha has always shown extraordinary potential from the time we met her two years ago. She came to…

Casper’s Story: Adjusting to His Loss of Hearing after Chemotherapy

‘We wanted him to not only survive but to thrive’ Fiona Cullen shares the story of her six year old…

Farnia’s Story: “I can see her strong personality now”

At the age of six, Farnia, who is profoundly deaf, was struggling to communicate with her family and everyone around…

Brooke and Charles’ Story: Bridging the communication gaps

Deaf Children Australia (DCA) has been thrilled to be part of the VidKids Alliance which has been providing remote hearing…

VCD Students’ Life Changing Journey to Indigenous Community

A group of five Year 10 Victorian College for the Deaf students applied to DCA for our Youth Grants to…

Alexandria’s Story

“Alexandria is going blind as well as deaf” Eight year old Alexandria was born deaf and in November 2013, her…

Max’s UK Football Tour

  Sixteen year old Maxwell Muscat applied to Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants to help fund his dream of attending…

Sara’s World Challenge

Sara Weir applied for a Deaf Children Australia youth grant for her World Challenge experience to Cambodia and Vietnam. DCA…

Lachlan’s Story and the New Connections Parent Support Group

Sandra Rosenberger started the New Connections Parent Support Group in 2012 with the support of Deaf Children Australia because, as…

Serena’s Story – “I have been given a gift”

“My twin daughters, Serena and Kiya, were born at 27 weeks gestation and Serena was born breech. They each weighed…

Hunter’s Story – “We have learnt together”

Hunter lost his hearing as he started Prep. This is his story, told by his mum Amelia. “Hunter was always…

Davie’s Story – “I am in a much better space now”

Like most new parents, Carol and her husband Henry were so proud when their first child Davie was born. They…

Kaitlyn’s Story – ‘I had to learn to be very assertive for my child’

Sandi Walters shares her story of her experiences with her first daughter Kaitlyn and why she has started the Parent…

Youth Grants: Natasha’s Laos and Thailand Trip

Natasha Ockenden received a Youth Grant in 2013 to participate in a World Challenge expedition to Laos and Thailand last…

Youth Grants: Izaac’s Riding School for the Disabled

Izaac applied for a Youth Grant from Deaf Children Australia to help him realise his dream of opening a school…

Gabriel’s Story: From Primary to Secondary School

“The transition from primary to secondary schooling was always going to be a big step for everyone, not just children…

Youth Grants: Chelsea’s Dance Grand Prix

We were so pleased to hear many inspiring presentations from our Youth Grant recipients at Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants…

Youth Grants: Aimee’s Teaching Goals

Aimee Williams is one of Deaf Children Australia’s 2014 Youth Grant recipients and Youth Ambassadors. The grant Aimee received will…

Alice’s Story

Alice Brennan joined Deaf Children Australia to help promote our Safe and CommuniCate resources and build understanding of how these…

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