DCA in the Media

For all Deaf Children Australia media enquiries, please contact DCA on (03) 9539 5300 or email: media@deafchildren.org.au

CEO – Roz Keenan on Auslan in Kindergartens

The CEO of DCA was interviewed by SBS for their coverage on the new Victorian Early Learning Language program. From term 1 2019, 27 kindergartens or early learning centres will teach Auslan.
Watch the segment below (captions included).

To read more click here

Victorian Premier Promotes Access in Sport

Thank you to Victorian premier Dan Andrews for featuring Malachi, one of our Auslan Auskickers, in a video promoting the importance of access in sport for people with a disability.

You can read more about Malachi and his fellow Auslan Auskickers Olli and Hasnath.

Meet Malachi. He's deaf and loves to play footy.And with some help from Ashley, a local Auslan interpreter, he's able to do just that.He's learning and he's thriving – because people with disabilities should never be second-class citizens.

Posted by Dan Andrews on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Alex Kirchner on House of Wellness

Fifteen year old Deaflympics swimmer, DCA youth ambassador and youth grant recipient Alex Kirchner appeared on Channel 7’s House of Wellness. The crew filmed Alex for their House Hero segment while Alex was in Sydney for the National Swimming Championships. Alex talks about his passion for swimming and how deafness doesn’t stop him! Watch the segment below (captions available).

Deaf Children Australia on Neighbours

Deaf Children Australia has been delighted to have been featured on Neighbours as part of a storyline highlighting deafness and its effects. Character Kirsha, played by actress Vani Dhir, becomes deaf after a fireworks accident and navigates the transition with her family.

DCA staff member Alana Doyle worked with Neighbours to help prepare the actors for the storyline. Read about her experience with the cast here.

Watch Neighbours on Eleven at 6.30 pm on weeknights (captioned), or catch up on Neighbours at tenplay.com.au (captions unavailable).

Deaf Chef Lisa Parker Breaking ‘Sound Barrier’ – Seven News

As shown on 7 News, Apprentice Chef Lisa Parker is loving her job at at a terrific social enterprise café in Warrandyte, Now & Not Yet. Lisa, who is Deaf, is working there as a 1st Year Apprentice Chef, and DCA’s Employment Service, Sign For Work, has been assisting with her transition into the workplace. Laura Bell from Sign for Work joined Lisa and cafe founder Derek Bradshaw for the 7 News story about inclusion in the workplace and how the Now and Not Yet Cafe is working to break down the barriers and calling for more employers to consider how they recruit. View the video below and click on the CC icon for closed captions.

Read our latest article about Sign For Work’s Employment Services and New Youth WAVE Program.

Natasha Reid on The Point and DCA Featured on Dr Blake Mysteries

Young deaf Indigenous woman Natasha Reid was featured on The Point, NITV’s news, current affairs and special interest show, as part of the National Week of Deaf People 2017. Natasha speaks about moving to Melbourne, learning Auslan and becoming a part of the Deaf community, and how connecting with other Deaf indigenous people has helped her connect to her own heritage as a Yorta Yorta woman. The episode is available on SBS On Demand, and can be viewed by visiting the On Demand website. Natasha’s segment begins at 13:50. Please note a login is required to access SBS On Demand videos.

DCA’s historic building and grounds also featured in Sunday night’s episode of Doctor Blake Murder Mysteries. The building was transformed into Wendouree Grammar for the episode ‘First Dance’, where a murder mystery unfolds at the school debutante ball.

The episode can be viewed on ABC iView. To watch the episode or share it, visit the iView website.

Youth Parliament Welcomes Deafhood Team

“I am proud to welcome the inspiring young participants from Deaf Children Australia to Youth Parliament for the first time and know they will provide an invaluable contribution.”

Deaf Children Australia and YMCA Victoria have worked together to faciliate a Deaf Team in this year’s Youth Parliament. The Deafhood team have been eagerly welcomed and have made an incredible contribution to the initiative, with their successful Bill now being debated in the Victorian Parliament.

Press release by Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families & Children and Youth Affairs
SBS News video – Making Transport Accessible (open captions)
Official video by Parliament of Victoria (open captions and Auslan interpreting)

Learn more about the YMCA Victoria/DCA Youth Parliament initiative here.

2018 Deafhood Youth Parliament Team

Deaf Children Australia supported a second Deafhood Team in the 2018 Youth Parliament. The five-strong team campaigned for Compulsory Captioning in Victorian Cinemas and had their Bill passed unanimously during the week – the first Bill to do so.

See media and YMCA Press Gallery coverage:

Time to be Heard – Star News Cranbourne

YMCA Press Gallery Day Two Wrap Up

Deaf Children Australia Deafhood’s Emotional Cinema Closed Captioning Bill is Passed with Overwhelming Support

Youth politicians paving the way for great accessibility

St. Kilda Saints – Deaf Friendly Footy

Deaf Children Australia worked with St Kilda Football Club to improve accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing, with captioning and Auslan interpreting making their big match debut on July 14 at the Saints vs. Essendon match. Thank you to The Captioning Studio and Auslan Services for their support in achieving this vital goal. View the media coverage below (captioned):

Meet Deaf St Kilda fan Precious
9 News – St Kilda Breaking Ground

Meet Precious

"Hi, my name is Precious and i am deaf."

Posted by St Kilda Football Club on Thursday, 13 July 2017

Auslan Auskick ‘Field of Dreams’ – 9 News

9 News reported on Auslan Auskick and disability access within the AFL Auskick program. Watch this great 9 News story ‘Field of Dreams’ on 12-year-old Malachi and his experiences in the Auslan Auskick program. Deaf Children Australia helped set up this program with the South Melbourne District Sports Club and continues to support the event.

Go to this link for the original 9 News story with audio, or view the captioned video on Youtube.


Twenty one year old adventurer Thomas Dunn achieved an extraordinary marathon goal – a 3,800km paddle boarding journey down Australia’s longest continuous waterway for over three months. Stand up Paddle Boarding for Deaf Children Australia, or SUP4DCA, is a charity event dedicated to raising funds for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in rural and remote areas of Australia. SUP4DCA raised over  $80,000 to go directly towards Deaf Children Australia’s Video Outreach Program. Tom began his amazing marathon effort on 27 January in Warwick, Queensland.

View the full media release here.
Final amount raised here
The Advertiser article: view it here.
Nine News video coverage: click here to view on Facebook
ABC News: view on the ABC website.

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